RET. COL. RALPH W HERMANN

Ret. Col. Ralph W. Hermann, 91, of Wethersfield, husband of Virginia (Nevins) Hermann, died April 14, 2010, at Hartford Hospital.

Born July 19, 1918, in Hartford, son of the late Gustav F. and Lillian (Loescher) Hermann Sr., he grew up in Wethersfield and graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1936. He attended the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where he met his future wife, Virginia, and graduated in 1941.

Hermann enlisted in the U.S. Army and was in the first convoy to leave after war was declared in December 1941. He was stationed in New Caledonia as quartermaster supply depot commander and, after three years, returned to Washington, D.C., for staff duty at the Pentagon from 1944-46. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Theatre Service Medal, and World War II Victory Medal.

On May 26, 1945, he married Virginia Ann Nevins at her family home in Westport. This year would have been their 65th anniversary.

Hermann continued to be active in the Army Reserve and retired in 1971 as colonel and commandant of the 1050th USAR School in Hartford. Until his civilian retirement in 1986, he was president of G & W Carpet Co. in Hartford. He was a member and served as president from 1962-63 of the Connecticut Floor Covering Association. For many years, he was a member of the Hartford Rotary, with perfect attendance. He was on the board of directors, was the attendance chairman, served on several other boards and was honored to receive the Paul Harris Fellow Award.

Hermann enjoyed playing golf and was a member and past president of the Wethersfield Country Club, where he was instrumental in organizing the very first Greater Hartford Open (GHO) in Wethersfield.

He was a warm, engaging, admirable man with a wonderful sense of humor.

In addition to his wife, Virginia, he is survived by his daughter, Candis and her husband, David Webb of Lakeland, Fla.; his granddaughter, Mechael Akullian of Riverview, Fla.; and his great-grandchildren, Caleb and Arriana, also of Riverview, Fla.

A funeral service took place April 19 at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 300 Main St., Wethersfield. The family received friends and relatives before the service at the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield. Burial with full military honors will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Hermann's name may be made to Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 290338, Wethersfield, CT 06129-0338.

Condolences may be made online at www.desopo.com