Bernard Joseph “Bernie” Herrmann died peacefully at his home in Paducah on Monday, June 5, 2017. He was born on December 3, 1930, in Golconda, Illinois to Carl and Esther Herrmann. A childhood polio victim who was not expected to regain the ability to walk, Bernie did in fact recover and went on to live a full and active life of 86 years. A member of the Rosiclare High School Class of 1949 and a graduate of the Bowling Green College of Business, Bernie owned and operated Riverview Chevrolet, Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge for 33 years before selling real estate in the Paducah area.
Bernie served on the board of trustees at Saint Joseph Catholic Church and on the Rosiclare City Council. Most recently he was a member of the McCracken County Senior Citizens Center Board.
Bernie is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Colleen “Connie” Kirby Herrmann, and his sister, Virginia Drechsler of Jacksonville, Florida. Connie and Bernie were blessed with four children – Mike Herrmann (Gail) of Brentwood, TN, Patti Koch (Bob) and Debbie Soward (Charles) of Rosiclare, and Donna Steinkamp of Nashville, TN. Bernie was the proud grandfather of eleven and a great-grandfather of twelve.
He will be remembered for his steadfast integrity, unfailing sense of humor, and deep and abiding love of family and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 8, 2017 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church with Rev. Brad Whistle officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the church. Private burial will be at St Joseph Catholic Church in Elizabethtown, Illinois at a later date.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to, St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 5645 Blandville Road, Paducah, KY 42001 or to the McCracken County Senior Citizen’s Center, 1400 H.C, Mathis Drive, Paducah, KY 42001 or to St. Joseph Catholic Church, RR1 Box 140, Elizabethtown, IL 62931.
Milner & Orr Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.
You may leave a message of sympathy and light a candle at http://www.milnerandorr.com.