LeRoy Herrman

XENIA, Ohio — LeRoy Herrman, age 78, died Monday, March 3, 2014, in Dayton, Ohio.

He was born September 29, 1935, in Liebenthal, Kansas, to Raymond and Lucy(Steckline) Herrman. He married Donna (Newport) on May 13, 1971, in Ft. Wayne Beach, Fl.

He was a graduate of Hays High School in 1954, a U.S. Air Force veteran and has lived the last seven years in Ohio, moving from Wichita, Kansas.  He loved flying since childhood and flew for more than 40 years. He served as a Air Force fighter pilot serving in the Vietnam era and logging many combat missions. He flew the F-86, F-100, F-105, F-4 and A-7. After retiring from the Air Force, he started a second career in civilian aviation as a demo pilot for Cessna Aircraft flying many different aircrafts, including the Cessna Citation.

He was a member of the Red River Valley Fighters Pilot Association, the Super Sabre Society and St. Luke Catholic Church in Beavercreek, Ohio.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Herrman, of the home; two sons Michael J. Herman and wife, Michelle, Cincinnati, OH; Matthew C. Herrman and wife, Lorie, Blue Springs, MO; one daughter, Susan Jozwiak and husband, Steve, Oglesby, ILL; two brothers, Raymond J. Herrman and wife, Katie, Russell, KS; Vernon Herrman and wife, Dorothy, Hays, KS; one sister, LuElla Bieker and husband, Clarence, Hays, KS; seven grandchildren, Hayley, Ellen and Joseph Jozwiak; James and Joshua Herrman; Clair and Grace Herrman.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be 10 A.M. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays, Kansas. Inurnment with military honors by the Hays V.F.W. Post No. 9076 will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays, Kansas.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10 A.M. Saturday at the church.

Memorial to the Lords Diner in Wichita, Kansas. Cline’s Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd, Hays, Kansas  67601 is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent via email to clinesmortuary@eaglecom.net