William “Bill” Lee Herman


BAYARD, Neb. – William “Bill” Lee Herman, 79, died November 14, 2021 at Chimney Rock Villa in Bayard, Nebraska. Services will be held Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 10 a.m. at First Congregational Church in Torrington, with Reverend Matthew Gordon officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home and friends may send condolences to the family at www.colyerfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the American Legion Post 5 in Torrington.

Bill was born on August 17, 1942 in Lingle, to William L. and Pauline (Domson) Herman. He graduated from Torrington High School in 1960 where he was involved in football, track and FFA. He entered the Army December 3, 1963. Before being deployed to Vietnam, he attended USATC in Engineering, Quartermaster School and Airborne School. He served two tours of duty. Upon return, he joined the Wyoming Army National Guard and received schooling in Supply Management and Administrative Supply. Throughout his military career, Bill received the Vietnam Service Medal, Parachute Badge and Army Reserve and National Guard achievement awards. Bill was employed by the State of Wyoming as a purchasing agent at Camp Guernsey from 1972 to 2001. 

Bill married Setsuko Heyl on May 9, 1975 in Casper. They lived in Casper for about a year as Bill was employed by the National Guard Armory. They later moved back to Torrington. He was very involved with the American Legion Travis Snow Post 5 in Torrington. Bill served as Post Commander from 1979 to 1980. He was Adjutant and Treasurer from 2001 to 2016. In 2002, Bill headed the Committee in preparation of hosting the 2002 Department Convention in Torrington. Bill was also a member of the Color Guard. Other activities Bill was involved in were the monthly post newsletter, generating participant interest in Oratorical and Boy’s State and recruiting volunteers and organizations to help with the placement of wreaths and flags at the cemetery for Memorial Day. He also helped build the vets chapel at Valley View Cemetery. Bill, also, loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandson and was very proud of them. 

Bill was survived by his stepson, Douglas Heyl of Torrington; stepdaughter, Cathy Heyl of Cheyenne, Wyoming; sisters-in-law, Linda Herman of Cheyenne, Mary Ann Herman of Torrington, and Mary Herman of San Antonio, Texas; granddaughter, Chelsea Mitchell of Cheyenne; grandsons, Christopher (Alexandra) Heyl of Paris, France, Anthony and Alexander Heyl of Torrington; great grandson, Liam Heyl of Paris, France; aunt Florence Martin of Torrington and uncle, Pete Domson of Torrington, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bill was preceded in death by both his parents; his wife, Setsuko Herman; brothers, Don, Chuck and Gerald Herman; infant brother, Jacob William Herman; sister, Delores Bath; brother-in-law, Ivan Bath; son-in-law, Pat Mitchell and grandson Stefan Heyl.

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