Herman Kauz

October 14, 1954February 2, 2019

Known for his always huge smile and sometimes long ponytail, Herman Kauz passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019. Herman will be missed greatly by all those who knew him. He had a nature so gentle dragonflies would land right on his finger, and the ability to become friends with everyone he met. Most recently Herman could be found reconnecting with friends and soaking up all the little joys of life. He loved nature, golf, his job with Simmons Quality Home Improvement and the carpentry work they did, creating works of art with found driftwood and shells, and most of all his daughter Shannon. Herman is survived by daughter Shannon (Sanders) Yergan, her mother Barbara Sanders, grandson-to-be Max Yergan (due May 2019), son-in-law Christopher Yergan, father Herman P. Kauz, sister Emiko Kauz, and his wide network of chosen family, his friends. Celebration of Life calling hours will be from 4-7pm on Thursday 2/7 at Swan Funeral Home in Clinton. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Friends of Hammonasset for preservation of the beach, wetlands, and trails in his honor.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 7, 2019

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Lori Boran

February 5, 2019

Shannon, Chris & family
The friendship I felt with Herman was immediate especially with his warm, loving smile that welcomed me and my family into a new home with not knowing anyone. I have so many memories of his kindness and upbeat attitude, never had a bad word for anyone, always talked positive. He would always ask how I was doing, feeling and if I needed help!! Always smiling whenever he saw my grandchildren and my family. All of us are so saddened by the loss of Herman, he was so special and if I could, would be so happy if I could spread his LOVE to all, just think what a wonderful world this would be. He has a SPECIAL place in my heart. I only knew Herman for one year when I first moved here but I felt a closeness with him and knew he was someone that when he asked how you were doing, it came from his HEART, not words but caring and feeling. He would stand outside , if I was coming in,open the door for me, offer to carry bags, anything to help. He brightened my days and I will always be grateful to have spent time with him and to always remember his warm, loving SMILE.
Shannon , how lucky you are to have had a Dad like Herman. May you always feel his LOVE that will for all time surround you. Bless you and family always.

Jim Heckman

February 5, 2019

His smile could be seen across the course. Enjoyed playing golf with Herman at Lyman Orchards. It was always a great experience. He will be missed.

Roy & Sandy Sanders

February 5, 2019

Herman; What a Terrific Guy!!

You always had such a gentle soul. We will always remember your bright and shiny smile and your contagious laugh. You never had a harsh word, you always brought happiness to everyone you met.
A sweet remembrance of Herman is while we would take hikes or walks with Shannon, Scott and Kelley, Herman would drop coins unbeknownst to the kids...quarters, dimes, nickels. They would get so excited when he would point to the ground and say “hey, look there’s a quarter”. It would so excite the kids that they wouldn’t complain about walking.
We are sorry that you left this world so soon.

With Loving Memories,

Sandy and Roy Sanders

Carol Mason

February 5, 2019

My condolences.
Always loved chatting with Herman. And seeing his driftwood creations.
Golf was a common interest. He even (lucky me) gave me a lesson at the driving range on pitching and chipping :-)
He'll be missed in our complex.

Carol Mason, Unit #18