He was born in Marion, Indiana, on January 14, 1924, to the late Oliver and Catherine (Bourke) Spahr. He enlisted in the United States Navy on December 8, 1941, served 22 years as an aviator, and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Herman was a graduate of the Ohio State University and the Naval Postgraduate School. After his naval career, he entered the banking industry and became Vice President of Human Resources at the Purdue National Bank. In retirement, he served as a lobbyist for the Indiana Chapter of the AARP and served on boards of numerous local charities.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, the American Legion, the VFW, the Forty and Eight, the Navy Club, and past president of the Naval Airship Association. Herman enjoyed photography, gardening, riding his motorcycle, and volunteering his time to those in need.
He will be missed by his wife Carol, brothers Jim (Dixie) Spahr, Don (Sara) Spahr, Bill (Betty Sue) Spahr, sister Rosalie Thorne, sister-in-law Martha Spahr, daughter Paula Spahr, son Phil (Arlene) Spahr, stepdaughters Michelle (John) Cheesman, Sandy (David) Mullen, Monica Blacketer, Jacqueline Nelson, Lisa Nelson, and grandchildren Jessica (Chad Lemmen) Spahr, Nathan (Kim) Spahr, Alleana (Denton) Schwiesow, Brian (Kristlen) Blacketer, Alesha Blacketer, Kaylie (Dan) Chidalek, Lauren (Chris) Hadley, Heath (Terry) Mullen, nephews, nieces, great-grandchildren, and so many friends. He was preceded in death by siblings Joe Spahr, Margie Warren and Gene Skeldon.
Funeral services will be at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Lafayette, Indiana, on March 1 at 11 a.m. Friends may call an hour before. A local celebration of life will be held at the United Methodist Church of the Dunes, Grand Haven, at 11 a.m. on March 2. Friends are welcome to attend a luncheon immediately following at the American Legion Post 128.
Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of North Ottawa Community or the United Methodist Church of the Dunes.