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Donald H. Herman

1938 - 2021

Wichita, Kansas


Donald Henry Herman, 82, passed away on April 10, 2021. He was born July 30, 1938, in Rocky Ford, Colorado, the son of Henry and Delpha (Masters) Herman. Don was a lifelong musician and artist. He played the piano and guitar by ear and had a beautiful singing voice. As a young man he had his own dance band. As a member of the Cheraw United Methodist church, he participated in $10 dinners that recreated the Hee Haw television show. He worked in several mediums as an artist, producing ink drawings of old wagons and barns, oil paintings of landscapes, and watercolors of the Colorado mountains. After he moved to Andover, Kansas, a highlight for him was being a member of Barbara “Babs” Mellor’s sculpting class at the Wichita Center for the Arts (Mark Arts) where he was known for his Western art sculptures, particularly of buffalo.

Don is survived by his sister, Carol Queener (Larry Berg); daughters, Carrie Switzer, Lynnette (John) Jacobsen, Jennifer (Shawn) Blood; grandchildren, Anna Blood (Braedon Martinez), Katie Blood, Eliana Jacobsen, Hope Blood, Joshua Jacobsen, Ava Jacobsen, and great-granddaughter, Kit Martinez. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Delpha Herman, son, Kent and daughter, Pamela.

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July 6, 2021 8:44 PM

Don was a good fishing buddy. I lost contact with him since January. He is at peace.

Joël Paul

July 2, 2021 7:05 PM

I was fortunate to meet Don. I did purchase one of his Buffalo piece at the Wichita Museum. A year later, I visited Don in Andover and he enthusiastically agree to finish a second Buffalo sculpture for me. It was to be his last, per his own words. We shared our love of the west, nature and conservation. I am grateful and so please to own his artwork. RIP Don.

Mary Frances Skinner

July 1, 2021 11:30 PM

I was in the sculpting class with Don. Don was an amazing artist with a generous heart. His talent at sculpting was quite evident His buffaloes were very lifelike. But he was also humble! In fact, we did not know how talented he was at playing the piano and singing until one day he got on a piano in the art gallery, and amazed us all. He loved to cook, so he often brought us a crockpot of delicious soup. He was extremely proud of his family, and loved them very much. The dogs in his life, were his life. I will miss his laugh. I will miss his kindness and thoughtfulness. I will miss our conversations. I will pray for consolation for his family. May Don rest in peace.

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