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Francis "Fran" Herman

February 9, 1947 ~ January 3, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old

Francis "Fran" Herman Obituary

Francis Terry Herman, 76, of Wayzata, MN, formerly Aberdeen, SD, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at Bethesda Home of Aberdeen.

Private Family Funeral Service will be on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at Schriver’s Memorial Chapel.

Public Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Monday, Jan 8, at Schriver’s Memorial Chapel.

Burial will be at Green Wood Cemetery, Mobridge, SD.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date this summer in Mobridge, SD, for family and friends.

Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at

Francis “Fran” Terry Herman was born on February 9, 1947, to Herman M. and Irene R. (Knecht) Herman in Aberdeen, SD. He was raised on the Triple H Ranch in Frederick, SD. During his school years, he was always involved in athletics. After graduation, he attended Northern State University and graduated in 1969. During his college years, he played baseball for the Wolves. He graduated and completed his Master’s Degree and went on to be a teacher and a successful coach in Mobridge. He always said he had the “A Team” of athletes and the first string of students he taught. Coffee with the Coaches became a team sport next to these fellow coaches. After 25 years, he started his career with Rain and Hail Insurance as an adjuster, advancing to VP of Marketing, which was the most rewarding time working with the Rain and Hail team.

Fran was a sports enthusiast his entire life. He enjoyed refereeing basketball, playing intramural basketball and baseball, and being an umpire. He enjoyed all sports, but the Dodgers and Chicago Bears were his teams for life. One of his most memorable experiences was when he took his two nephews to the Superbowl in Texas and traveled with his friends to the Chicago baseball games.

Together with his wife of 40 years, Cindy, Fran trained West German Shepherds, which he enjoyed hiking with, and they were his devoted companions. He loved traveling and history. He was everyone’s lifeline to answer questions about politics, history, and current events. Fran was an avid reader of all newspapers and many biographies.

During his time at Bethesda, he enjoyed and helped his wife train one of the finest therapy dogs.

He was very proud of his two grandsons, nieces, and nephews and their many successes in life.

Fran’s Parkinsons and Lewy Body Dementia diagnoses in 2014 were not going to define him. He participated in research studies for early detection. As an athlete, he boxed for years with the Michael Jay Fox boxing program “Rock Steady.”

He was a dedicated member of St. Bart’s Catholic Church in Wayzata, MN, and remained strong in his Catholic faith. He was also a dedicated supporter and donor to the Mayo Clinic and Northern State University Baseball Scholarship program.

Grateful and honored to share Fran’s life are his wife, Cindy A. Herman; daughter, Hayley (Scott) Christenson; grandsons: Brayden Hilton and Hunter Hilton; sister-in-law: Patti L. Mauck; brothers-in-law: Chuck (Amy) Mauck and Kent (Helen) Mauck; nephews, Brandon (Becky) Mauck and Toby Mauck; nieces: Melissa (Les) Thiery, Jessica (Pete) Aiello, and Dr. Tabetha (Tim) Rabenberg; and 11 great nieces and nephews.

Fran was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Irene Herman; father-in-law Edwin Mauck; mother-in-law Virlene Knecht; stepfather-in-law James Knecht; and many aunts and uncles.

Memorials may be sent to the Fran T. Herman Baseball Scholarship, Northern State University Foundation at 620 15th Ave SE, Aberdeen, SD, 57401.

Pallbearers will be Chuck Mauck, Kent Mauck, Patti Mauck, Hayley Christenson, and Scott Christenson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Brayden and Hunter Hilton, Toby and Brandon Mauck, Mark Monfore, Mike Walker, Mark Classen, Darrel Rohlfs, Jr., Dale Schimke, Lance Heuer, Rhett Albers, Ethan and Sarah Haglund, Rod Moon, Bob Sipkins, all Mobridge Tiger athletes and students, Rain and Hail friends, and all who have supported Fran and myself in this journey.

A special thanks from the family to:

- Our family members for your constant love and support during this journey

- The Bethesda administration and caregivers for giving Fran wonderful care, respect, and quality of life, for our two homes and loving us. It was a rewarding and beautiful experience

- All of our friends that came to visit, phone calls, and text messages. Your kindness lifted us daily

- Kathy, with palliative care and our Avera Hospice team that are truly angels, you enriched our lives with a caring spirit.

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