Thomas Jack Herman

March 7, 1927December 2, 2019

Thomas Jack Herman passed away peacefully among family on December 2, 2019. He was born March 07, 1927 to Arthur and Agnes (Palmer) Herman. He grew up in Kalamazoo, MI, attending St. Augustine Catholic Church and School. Three brothers proceeded him in death, Joseph, Paul and Robert. He graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School after honorable discharged from the United States Navy, serving the Pacific in WWII on transport ship LST 268.

Tom went to Parson Business School where he met the love of his life, Margaret Oswalt, in 1947. They had many accomplishments in their 69 years of marriage. Tom graduated from Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, and retired from General Motors in 1987. Tom and Margaret raised 3 children. He was a role model as a Boy Scout Leader and enjoyed being involved with his church - St. Martin of Tours, PTA’s, Golf, and Traveling. Once retired they moved to Florida in the Winter months and still enjoyed their Michigan Summers on the little farm they owned in Vicksburg, MI for 58 years. Once they decided to sell the farm, they moved permanently to their home in University Park Country Club and attended St. Patrick’s Church. In 2016 Tom and Margaret moved to Water’s Edge Independent Living, and attended St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Tom and Margaret had three children: Stephen Herman (deceased 2012); Mary Raatz; and Susan (Kevin) Marcy. Seven grandchildren: Gina Grosser (deceased 1973); Clara Raatz (deceased 1983); Emily (Steven) Mullin; Brian (Lauren) Marcy; Kaitlyn (Michael) Winclechter; Grace (Max) Hultquist; and Stephanie Herman. Seven great grandchildren: Ryley, Makennah, and Jayke Mullin; Zara and Frances Marcy; Jackson and Reid Winclechter.

Tom was a very happy man blessed with family, friends, faith in God and love of his country.

Donations can be made to the Chaplaincy Program ℅ Water’s Edge of Bradenton Foundation; or St. Joseph Catholic Church of Bradenton.


10 December

Memorial Service

11:00 am

St. Joseph Catholic Church

3100 26th St. W
Bradenton, FL 34205


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Pam Marsh

December 5, 2019

We are so very sorry to hear about your dad/grandpa. He was such a wonderful man who I always enjoyed talking to. Know that we are praying for your comfort and peace during this difficult time.


December 5, 2019

Our sympathies to Margaret and the Family. My father and I both worked for and with Tom at the former GM stamping plant in Kalamazoo and admired his ability to steer us through the rough patches with kindness. When I think of my father, I always think of Tom. Both always looked for the best in people and presented themselves as friends to everyone.

Missy Crawford

December 4, 2019

Mom, Mary , Sue, and Family:

My heart is broken, part of my past is gone, but the memories of growing up and being part of the family will last forever and close to my heart.

Memories of King running down the field to get back to his home and dad opening the gate and welcoming him in till I got home from school.

The countless overnight stays along with dinners, dad at the head of the the table and home cooked by mom of course.

I still drive by the farm and remember the wonderful memories of my childhood.

Mary, my sister I feel your pain and please let me know if there is anything you need, I'm right here.

I love you Mom and please know I am thinking about you during this very difficult time.

Scott and Linda Versluis

December 4, 2019

Margaret and Tom were our neighbors and dear friends in University Park. Tom had a depth of love, kindness and positive energy that few people have in this world. He loved Margaret so much, and his devotion to her was always evident. We shared so many wonderful times with Margaret and Tom, from attending Mass, to dinners out, to cruising the Caribbean, to spending holidays together. Tom enjoyed life to the fullest. He was quick witted, and could barely get through a funny story without laughing hysterically. We will miss him so much. His upbeat personality and caring way certainly lives on in his children and grandchildren. We ask God’s blessings upon Margaret and all the family during this difficult time. We love you, Margaret. Scott and Linda

Alison & Brian Sackley

December 4, 2019

We will always continue to have wonderful memories of Tom as we enjoy our home (which used to be his) here in University Park. He was a very special person who gave so much love to others, not only his beautiful family, but friends like us. His legacy will live on in those that were lucky enough to know him.
Love and sympathy to Margaret and the family at this difficult time.
Alison & Brian

Colleen Crotser

December 4, 2019

I just heard the news about Dad Herman. My heart breaks for all of you! He was such a loving person and will be missed by so many. Love to all of you!