Theodore Allen Hermeling Jr.

Passed away on August 7, 2018

Friends and family of Theodore are welcomed to visit his memorial page at


  • Graveside Service Monday, August 20, 2018

Theodore Allen Hermeling Jr.

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Chris Crane

August 21, 2018

Dearest Kay and family, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend to so many of us. I first met Ted in Vallejo, CA in December 1972, where he was in Nuclear Power School with my fiance, DJ Crane, USNA 72. He shared an apartment there with DJ, Tom"Rags" Hall, USNA 72, and Rick "Bods" Bodson, USNA '72. I will never forget his kindness and support of DJ and me as we navigated our long-distance engagement between UM College Park, MD, and California. He was a friend and brother from the moment I met him.

"Bear" was Best Man at our wedding at the USNA Chapel in September 1973. My fondest memory of him will always be his Best Man toast to us at our reception at the USNA Officers' Club. I am a two-generation West Point Army brat. His short speech was that he thought this was surely one of the first times in history "when both the Army and the Navy would come out winning!" We then served with Ted in Hawai'i as he and DJ took assignments on their first SSBN's. He was a bachelor then and continued to be that friend and "family" to us there, as he had been in Nuc School.

We left the Navy in 1978 for civilian life and sadly lost track of Ted. Years later, Kay, when I met you by chance through PWCPS HR Dept, as a teacher applying for a job, and learned that you were Ted's wife, I was so very happy he had found you and had such a rich and happy life. Thanks to you, I was able to visit with him by phone very briefly there in VA when he told me about his very happy marriage and wonderful children. You were the sunshine of his life, you and the kids. He was so proud of each of you. He was a big man with a huge heart, and you filled his heart so fully. A brilliant, thoughtful, and caring man, he was always humble with an easy laugh. We are all better people for having had the good fortune to have had his love and friendship. God bless you and your family. I keep you in my prayers.

Jack Floyd

August 12, 2018

Ted was a friend from of our hometown of New Martinsville, WV and our Magnolia H.S. I am a couple years older so our paths didn't cross very frequently following Magnolia, but I'll always remember him as being a very intelligent all around nice guy and we had many heated discussions regarding his Cardinals and my Yankees. Many thanks for your years of service to our country and my thoughts and prayers are with your family in this sad time. RIP, Ted.

Dale Phelps

August 11, 2018

Ted and I were acquainted through our work for NASA Goddard. He was a good man, I am saddened to hear of his passing. Kay, I am so sorry for your loss, God bless you keep you and family strong. Rest in Peace, Ted!

Rob Sticka

August 10, 2018

Ted will be missed by NASA. I've known Ted since the Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission days and he always did outstanding work. His contributions to the many current and past missions at the Goddard Space Flight Center have been invaluable and will be remembered. But what I will always remember of Ted was his joy in talking about his kids and grandkids. He was beaming with pride when he showed me pictures of his grandson as a batboy at the recent Major League Baseball All Star game home run derby in Nationals stadium in Washington, DC. His love of family was a reminder to me of what's really important in life. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Eloise Perry

August 10, 2018

With my deepest sympathy. I have fond memories of the years we attended the Army/Navy Football games with the two of you. It was always a day of celebration for sure. Ted always made sure everything went just right from beginning to end. God Bless you Kay and your family. May Ted's soul rest in peace.
Love, Eloise Perry

Linda Hill

August 9, 2018

Ted was one of the first kids I met when we began 7th grade at Magnolia. We had stayed friends ever since. Oddly enough, I confused him and Ken Kasserman (Kenny in those days) and thought each was the other, but we soon straightened that out as we navigated the halls, classrooms and students of our new school. I am heartbroken as I remain shocked and stunned at the news Ted is gone from our Earth. As the years flew by we had many classes together and after graduation we shared fun times in the summers and when Ted came back to Class Reunions, bringing his "perfect" Kay with him. I still remember the first time I met her and that she shared his gift of a snowflake necklace to her, because as he said, she was "perfect, like snowflakes." Ted was witty, funny, smart and honorable. I still laugh when I remember his speech class talk about Cursive Writing. Like one of my favorite Neil Diamond songs, he was "Done Too Soon." But, having known him, "Aren't we the lucky ones?"

Greg Swords

August 8, 2018

Ted and I were teammates on the football and basketball teams at Magnolia. We became close friends for two years until he went to the Naval Academy and I was still at MHS. Over the years as he became more important to the higherarchy of the Navy, we grew apart. Me working at Magnolia and Ted saving the world. I spent many happy moments at the Hermeling house and with my old buddy Ted in my youth. Fond memories. I sincerely hope that Ted's wife and his siblings; John, Paul and Dale can rest easy knowing that Ted's life was one well lived. May God's perpetual light shine upon him.

Christine Herrick Baasten

August 8, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Ted's passing. I knew him mostly as a classmate in high school, but always enjoyed catching up with him at reunions. I don't think Ted would have guessed how respected he was, even as a teenager. He was a multi-dimensional man, so well-informed about so many things. I wish I had had the maturity back then to pick his brain more; it seemed there was always a lot going on in there! My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.