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Hershel Herring passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2003 after a brief illness. Mr. Herring was born in Mira, Louisiana on October 18, 1923 to Will and Elizabeth Herring.

As a member of the elite Marine Raiders during WWII, Mr. Herring saw battle in the South Pacific and fought valiantly on the infamous Iwo Jima. The Herring family moved to Lake Jackson in the early 1950s when Hershel went to work for Dow Chemical. He retired after working for many years in the Caustic Department and later in the Marine Department. Mr. Herring coached during the 1960s and the 1970s with the Lake Jackson Girls Softball Association. He also was a newspaper distributor for The Facts during this time period, touching the lives of many young people. He was admired for his patience, patience, fairness, honesty, and his ability to relate to people of all ages.

After retirement, Mr. Herring enjoyed camping and fishing. He could fish from daylight till dark, so caught up in the moment that he would often forget to eat. Crappie in Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend can rest better now; there is one less determined fisherman after them.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Elosie; his parents; his son, Steve; two sisters; one brother; and two granddaughters.

He is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Dampf and husband, Greg of Jasper, Donna Hornback and husband, George of Lake Jackson; six grandchildren; two great-grandsons; two sisters, Jean Grenkevich and husband, Richard, Dot Crowley and husband, Bill; two brothers, Charles Herring and wife, Corinne, Robert Herring and wife, Louise; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Services will be held for Hershel Herring at Lakewood Funeral Chapel in Lake Jackson, Texas on Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be Friday, January 24, 2003 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Arrangements by Lakewood Funeral Chapel.