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Gerald Latham Herriman

December 18, 1927 April 12, 2010
Gerald Latham Herriman
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Gerald L. Herriman (Jerry), 82, of White Lake, MI, died Monday, April 12, 2010 at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver.
Jerry was born in Detroit, MI on December 18, 1927, to Clarence J. and Gladys E. (Latham) Herriman.
He attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit, leaving after his junior year (age 17) to enter the US Navy on June 19, 1945. He received training at the US Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL and was shipped overseas in September 1945. He was stationed at Naval Advance Base Unit 13, USN shore facilities, Shanghai, USN port facilities China. He earned the WW II victory medal and the Asiatic Pacific Area ribbon and was honorably discharged on August 16, 1946. He completed his high school education in 1947 in Tawas City, MI and attended the freshman year at the University of MI. He began work in water treatment as a civilian employee at Wurtsmith AFB in Oscoda in 1951. He met Joyce Isola, and they were married shortly after Joyce graduated from high school in June of 1951. Their first child, Diana, was born in September of 1952. Four years later, the family moved to Chateauroux, France, where Jerry was employed for four years at La Martinerie, a large supply depot for the USAF in Europe. A second daughter, Rebecca, was born on November 6, 1957.
The family returned to the States in September 1960. Gerald began classes at Michigan Technological University, and on Christmas Day their son Robert was born. After a class in Engineering Economics, Jerry decided the money was running out too fast and chose to leave school and return to the work force. He found a position in water supply and waste water treatment at Walker AFB in Roswell, NM, and the family moved there in the fall of 1961.
In 1967, the government closed Walker and Jerry found employment as Superintendent of the City of Warren�s Advanced Waste Water Treatment Plant. He worked for the city of Warren until his retirement in 1988.
In 1997, Joyce and Jerry relocated to a new home on McWithy Lake in White Lake, MI.
Jerry was an active member of the Warren and Milford Rotary Clubs; First United Methodist Church of Warren and Milford Presbyterian Church; Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG); and Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA). Throughout his thirty years of service to SEMCOG and MWEA, Jerry chaired and served on numerous committees in water quality and authored a book dealing with water treatment. At the time of his death, he served on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry with the Presbytery of Detroit.
Following is a list of some of his environmental activities over the past few decades: Former Chairperson of the Clinton River Watershed Council; Former vice chairperson of the Area Wide Water Quality Board; Member or the Clinton River Remedial Action Plan Public Advisory Council; Member of the SEMCOG Environmental Policy Action Committee; Member of the 208 plan Update Committee, which updated the Water Quality Management Plan for Southeast Michigan; Charter member of the White Lake Environmental Review Board until it was disbanded; Member of the Michigan Water Environment Association.
In his public life, Jerry Herriman was an exemplar of the Rotary motto -- "Service Above Self." His natural leadership style was based on good example rather the power of office. From his enlistment in the Navy in the midst of WWII to his long service with SEMCOG, his faithful service to his church, and his longstanding service to the Milford Rotary Club for whom he served as unofficial director of communications by establishing email correspondence and web-based newsletters, Jerry never sought high office or honor. He simply brought his hard work and great abilities to bear on whatever job needed doing next. He was a team player not a grandstander. In his family life he lived by the great commandment of his faith, to "Love One Another."
Gerald is survived by his wife Joyce (Isola) Herriman; two daughters, Diana and husband Thomas Paonessa of Sterling Heights, and Rebecca and husband Michael Franchock of Milford; and son Robert Herriman of Royal Oak; one brother C. Arthur Herriman and wife Marian of Ceresco, MI; and one sister Marion and husband Gene Morrison of Englewood, FL. Also surviving are ten grandchildren; Elizabeth (Paonessa) Mathews and husband Daniel, Katherine (Paonessa) Schaeffer and husband Joseph, Angela (Paonessa) Reynolds and husband Ryan, Deborah (Paonessa) Lucksted and husband Christopher, and Rachel and Madeline Franchock, along with many cousins, nieces, and nephews. and many dear friends and associates who join with Jerry's family in grieving the death of an honorable, amiable, very good man and giving thanks to God for his life among them.
A Memorial Service will be held at Milford Presbyterian Church, 238 N. Main Street, Milford, on Thursday, April 22nd at 11 AM. The Reverend Deborah V. Kerr will officiate. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, Wednesday, April 21st, 4 - 9 PM. Memorials may be made to the Milford Rotary Club or Milford Presbyterian Church. For further information please call 248-684-6645.


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