Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home

4150 East Third St, Bloomington, IN


Herman E. Best

August 23, 1932August 17, 2019

Herman E. Best, age 86, of Bloomington, passed away Saturday (8/17/19) at I.U. Health; Bloomington Hospice House. He was born August 23, 1932 in Greensburg, Indiana, the son of James H. and Bertha D. (Hendren) Best. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In June, 1956, he married Norma Jean Butz. He was retired from The Prudential Insurance Co. He enjoyed fishing, golf and "I.U." sports.

Herman is survived by his wife and their children; Cindy Axler (Mike), David Best, Dan Best and Linda Johnson (Dennis); four grandchildren, Lindsay Fowler (Grant), Jennifer Dirteater (Bryan), Bryan Axler and Madison Best and two great-grandchildren, Harper Dirteater and Kenny Fowler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Katie and brothers, Buell and Raymond Best.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Catholic Center; 1413 E. 17th St. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

The family requests no flowers or gifts. Donations made be made to Indiana University Health Hospice House, 2810 S. Deborah Drive; Bloomington, IN 47403 or to your favorite charity.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, August 22, 2019


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Rose Ann and George Smith

August 20, 2019

We knew Herman and Norma from St. Paul's and would see them at Mass or walking at Lake Monroe or around town. Herman made such an impression with his kindness and easy manner and was so easy to make you feel like a long-time friend. Herman had a wonderful smile that was filled with joy.

Our sincere sympathies to Norma and Herman's family. God rest the soul of a wonderful man.

Rose Ann and George Smith
Mill Creek, Washington

Greg Schroeder

August 20, 2019

Uncle Herm was such a great man. Great husband, father, and grandfather.

As a child, me and my family visited often with the Bests.
As we all got older, everyone kinda moved away. I feel terrible that I did not stay in touch more often over the years.

Herm was so kind too me when I was diagnosed with cancer as a teenager. He helped me get a wig to wear while I took chemo.
Such a caring person.

We will miss you Uncle Herm.

Prayers to my Aunt Norma Jean and my cousins.


Greg Schroeder and family

Natalie Brewington

August 19, 2019

Linda, Lindsay and family, so very sorry to hear such sad news. We are keeping you all close in our hearts, and offer prayers for comfort and peace. Hugs to you all.

Natalie and Mike Brewington

Linda Stickels Clark

August 19, 2019

Sorry for your loss. Herman was my Grandmothers agent and she always looked forward to him coming. They would talk about everything . He was so kind and patient with an elderly lady.
My daughter Tracy Stickels went to school with Linda. Heartfelt sympathy to all your family.
Linda Stickels Clark