Herman E. Mowry

Herman E. Mowry

May 17, 1934 - March 14, 2015

Herman E. Mowry

May 17, 1934 - March 14, 2015


Herman E. Mowry
5-17-1934 to 3-14-2015

Herman passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 80 years young, due to Cardiopulmonary arrest. He was born in East Woodstock, CT to Irving Mowry and Irene Coderre.

Herman proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War interpreting Morse code and teaching English. He was stationed in Washington, Guam and Japan. When he returned home, he met and married his first wife, Priscilla, and while raising their family, moved back and forth across the country when employment took him to new management opportunities in plastics manufacturing.

During a hospitalization, he met his second wife, Dorothy. They were married in a double ceremony, with his youngest sister, on his mother’s birthday, 25 years ago. Their years together have been devoted to each other, their families and friends, at countless events and celebrations.

Herman enjoyed learning new things. His sharp mind and quick wit entertained anyone close enough to hear his stories. He looked forward to lively conversations on any topic and would not hesitate to share his opinion.

Herman found pleasure in many interests and hobbies, including sailing, golfing, skiing, dancing, bird watching, and vicariously living through his grandchildren’s lives to keep up his youthful spirit.

In addition to his wife Dorothy, Herman leaves behind his children, Elizabeth Weaver, Jo-Ann Day (Steven), Bruce Mowry (Patti), grandchildren, Braden and Ryan Ouellet; his brothers Irving Jr. and Warren, his sisters, Irene, June and Eleanor; his stepchildren, Lyn, Mark, Sharon, Annette, Doreen and Jan and their spouses, children and grandchildren, and not to be forgotten, his beloved dog Rufus.

Herman is predeceased by his daughter Kim and sister, Evelyn.

A funeral mass will take place at St. Kilian’s Catholic Church, 26872 Estanciero Dr, Mission Viejo on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 10:30am. Immediately following, please join the family in a luncheon celebration of Herman’s life at the Elk’s Lodge, 25092 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo.

A graveside service and interment will take place at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Dr, San Diego on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 2:30pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Herman’s memory to a Veterans organization or the Elk’s Lodge, Mission Viejo.

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23 responses to Herman E. Mowry

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  1. Shelly thank you so much for your kind words about Herman. Everything you said was right on point.
    I want to send my condolences to you for losing a great friend. Herman adored you and your sense of humor. With love , Herman’s sister Eleanor.

  2. Do you know the times when your entire family gets together and you’re having a great time when someone says: “Hey do you remember the time when?” Well this is one of those times.

    We were all at a reception hall following a family wedding when suddenly I hear “Hey….pssst..Bibit. (my nickname….I believe it’s Canadian French slang for little bug) Due to the fact when I was a kid I loved bugs–let them crawl all over me. Yuck! thankfully I outgrew that. And I outgrew the nickname from everyone except Herman of course. My last birthday card I received from him this past February started out with Happy birthday Bibit hope you have a great year.) Anyway back to the story…he and my brother Irving (aka) Sonny were saying “come here” So dutiful little me went over to my big brothers. (what a mistake that was)

    They pulled me behind the curtain of the stage. Herman told me I could go up on the stage and tell a very funny joke. At first I said no, I’m not going out in front of all those people. ( I was a very shy kid) They both convinced me how everyone would laugh because it was so funny. Also they would each give me 25cents. Hhmmmmm 25 cents each! Now we’re talking ..I meanI could go to the corner store the next day and buy a comic book, a devil dog and a bottle of coke and still have 25 cents for the next day! Not to mention making people laugh would be a bonus.
    They made me rehearse it over and over until I think I could have said it forward and backwards.

    Finally the time came when they both pushed me towards the stage steps and said go, go now hurry up and don’t mess it up!

    Now I stand in front of the mic and proceed with: “My brother has a new girl friend—her name is Virginia…..he calls her virgin for short—-but not for long……..”

    Seconds of silence….followed by a “gasp” from my Mother. Then comes an eruption of laughter (the loudest coming from Herman and Sonny) Aahh…I’m thinking–“success” I stand there proudly with a smile not unlike the Kool-Aid pitcher when I hear the clickity clack of my Mother’s high heels coming towards me. Yikes…where’s her smile?”
    Needless to say she grabbed me by my arm and said to the audience “I’m so sorry” as she removed me from the stage I don’t think my feet even touched the ground

    I was taken right behind the same curtain (which I think was quite ironic) where I did all my previous rehearsing, to hear my Mother say “what in the world made you say such a thing? ” I am mortified! I didn’t know what mortified meant but by the tone of voice and the look on her face I knew it couldn’t be a good thing. Of course I said Herman and Sonny said it was a really funny joke. She said don’t you ever do anything like that again! Of course the precious boys never got in trouble.

    Sonny paid me my quarter right away. But Herman said he wasn’t going to pay me because I told Mom. But I told him I had to tell her because she asked me and anyway you didn’t tell me I couldn’t tell anyone. So he gave in and paid me all the while he and Sonny were cracking up!

    I never did understand the joke till years later. (My poor Mother)

    Stupid boys……I would have done it for a nickel…haha

    I would give the quarters back in a heart beat but the “Herman memory” is priceless and I will keep and cherish that forever. So you can see Herman started his “antics” at a very young age.

    Thanks again Herman.

    Love and miss you, Sis Eleanor (aka) Bibit

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