Henry Herrmann obituary (2021) – Tulsa, OK
Henry Richard “Dick” Herrmann Jr., was born March 23, 1935 to Henry Richard and Beatrice Herrmann in Lansing, Michigan.
He died on August 27, 2021, at the age of 86, in Tulsa, Okla.
After graduating from Sexton High School in Lansing in 1953, Richard attended Michigan State University and graduated with a Business Administration degree in 1957. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Richard served in the US Air Force from 1958 to 1960, as an executive officer and director of information services, and rose to the rank of captain.
Richard started his career at Whirlpool Corp. in 1957 as a manufacturing intern after graduating from MSU. He received numerous promotions over the following years and at 28 he became the youngest branch manager in Whirlpool history. His early accomplishments at Whirlpool continued, and in 1966 Richard was promoted to Whirlpool headquarters in Benton Harbor.
In 1970, at age 35, he became the youngest Whirlpool executive to take on national responsibility. Richard’s professional accomplishments at Whirlpool continued and he went on to serve as Vice President of Sales and Distribution and Vice President of Retail Marketing.
In addition to his accomplishments at Whirlpool, Richard has been active in various business, community and religious organizations throughout his professional career and has been listed in “Who’s Who in Finance and Industry”. His thoughts on sales were featured in the academic textbook editions of “Personal Selling… Function, Theory and Practice”, used in most major universities in the United States in the 1980s.
Richard was an avid vintage car enthusiast from a young age and was nicknamed “Hot Rod Herrmann”. He loved to restore and show off classic Shelby Mustangs and has been a judge at many automotive events over the years. Richard also loved cooking and fine dining and was always curious about the preparation, presentation and taste of food. He meticulously planned culinary events and looked forward to hearing details of other people’s cooking and dining experiences.
Richard met and dated his wife, Judith, in 1954 while they were studying at Michigan State University. They crossed paths again many years later and were married at the alumni memorial chapel of their alma mater Michigan State University on January 3, 1981. Richard and Judith had a wonderful life together, filled with many good friends and good people. times in St. Joseph, and on Sanibel Island, Florida, where they spent time in the winter; and at their cottage on Lake Mazinaw in Ontario, Canada, during the summers.
They shared a life full of love, happiness and laughter, many fun trips, and cherished family and many friends together. Richard and Judith’s final years were spent in Tulsa where he continued his classic car business, as well as his love of French antiques and other collectible furnishings.
As an individual, Richard was a prince of man. He was very impartial and treated everyone he met with dignity and respect. Richard’s formula for success in his professional and personal life was to listen. His ability to ask questions, listen well, weigh all the facts and make good decisions has earned the trust and loyalty of his clients and colleagues. Richard applied these same principles to his personal relationships, and he was highly respected by all who knew him.
Richard is survived by his wife, Judith Johnston Herrmann of Tulsa, Okla .; children: Heidi (Michael) Merchant of St. Joseph, Michael (Susan) Herrmann of Riverside, Michigan, Stephen Warren of Tulsa, Okla., William Warren of Dallas, Carolyn Warren of Dallas and John-Kelly (Lindsey) Warren of Tulsa, Oklahoma.; grandchildren: Melanie Merchant, Rebecca Merchant, Julianna Herrmann, Brittlyn Warren Bravo, Natalie Warren, Garrett Warren, Audrey Warren, Whitaker Warren and Sloane Warren; brother, James Herrmann of Larkspur, Calif., and sister, Susan (John) Brewster of Okemos, Michigan.
Posted by The Herald-Palladium on September 17, 2021.