Herman F Mayes

Born: Thu., Feb. 18, 1926
Died: Tue., Oct. 21, 2014


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 24, 2014
Location: Frist Funeral Home

Private Family Graveside service

Sat., Oct. 25, 2014

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Herman F. Mayes went home to be with his Lord Jesus and his wife Betty Lou on October 21, 2014.  Herman was born February 18, 1926 near Hillsdale, IN.  His parents were Austin and Grace (Swinford) Mayes.  
He graduated from Hillsdale High School in the class of 1944.  Immediately after graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army.  At the age of 18, he was aboard the Queen Elizabeth headed for France and on to Germany.  He served with a Tank Battalion.  His many stories about his World War II adventures were enjoyed by family and friends.  Herman married Betty Lou Frist on December 18, 1948.  They resided in West Lafayette, IN.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1952 from Purdue University.  His first jobs were with the Agriculture Research Service working on grain storage facilities.  They moved to Watseka, IL in 1954 and from there to Columbia Missouri in 1965.  He worked with animal transportation with the Ag Research Service at the University of Missouri.  He earned his Master’s Degree in Ag Engineering while there.  After Betty passed away in 1990, he moved back to Indiana and lived on the Frist Family Farm.
Herman was a 61 year member of the Association of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.  He was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church, American Legion, Cayuga Gideons, Rockville Elks, and Terre Haute Kiwanis.  He served on the Vermillion Co. Extension Board, Purdue PCARET Committee and represented Salem Church at the Indiana Conference of United Methodist Churches.  
Herman was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother Harold Mayes and his wife Nora “Jean” Mayes, nephew J.R. Pearman, nephew Luke Frist, an American Hero who died in the Iraq war, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Robert and Francis Frist, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Mary Edith and Russell Banes.
He is survived by his brother, Arthur (Arlene) Mayes, nieces and nephews, Maggie (Ray) Sockwell, Albert (Kellie) Mayes, Linda Roberts, Keith (Judy) Mayes, Mark (Regina) Mayes, Lori (Vic) Porter, Theresa (Jim) Beam, Mike Pearman, Scott Pearman, Mary (Danny) McFall, Randy Pearman, Bobby Pearman, Mary Lynn Lowell, Robert (Ellen) Frist, Dennis (Patti) Frist, David (Shirley) Frist, Doug (Mary) Frist, and several great-nieces and nephews, and cousins.  
Herman was born to be left handed but he lived during the time when teachers changed that by smacking left hands with a ruler and putting you in the corner with a dunce cap on.  This made him very determined to succeed in life and he did and was a very good left handed bowler.  He will be missed by his family and friends.  
Services will be Saturday, October 25th at 10:30 AM.  Visitation will be Friday, 4-8 pm at Frist Funeral Home in Clinton.  Reverend Bill Felts will officiate.  Military honors will be performed by American Legion #140 and VFW #6653.  Burial will be in Helt’s Prairie Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salem United Methodist Church, 14th and Chestnut Community Center, or a favorite charity.  Online condolences can be made at www.fristfuneralhome.com.  

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Doyne and Lynne Swinford
   Posted Thu October 23, 2014
It is with sadness that we learned of Herman's passing. He lived a good life, a long life and a most productive and contributing life. We are grateful for all of the good times he lived and and the many kindnesses he showed and bestowed upon others he knew and loved during his lifetime. He was our cousin and also left a fine example for us younger ones to follow. For that we too are grateful. We remember all the times we shared together and now may he rest in peace in eternal life with his heavenly Father. PAX VOBISCUM.

Doyne and Lynne

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