Ernest Hermes, 88 died peacefully September 9, 2020.
Born and raised in Chicago, IL the son of Harold and Lillian (Manke) Hermes. He proudly served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and was decorated with the following medals: National Defense Service medal, China service medal, Korean service medal, United Nations service medal and good conduct medal.
He met and married his high school sweetheart June Petra Johnsen, they were married in 1954 and celebrated 63 years of marriage. In 1963, they bought their first home in Carol Stream, IL and raised 3 children there, David Hermes, Jill Hermes and Caryn (Randy) Irwin.
Active in many Carol Stream activities including serving on the Carol Stream Board, along with the police commission and the zoning board. They moved to Huntley, IL in 2010 and he enjoyed golfing, wood working, pinochle and playing pool. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be missed by all who knew him.
He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Julie (Bates) Bowler, Lucca Hermes, Caylin Garduno, Nicolas (Lauren) Vaughn, Taylor Irwin and Erik Vaughn and 4 great-grandchildren, Emelia Henaghan, Isaiah, Jezyiah Garduno, and Magnolia Bowler. Ernest was preceded in death by his wife, June and by his sister, June Marie.
Private family services will be held at Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church, Huntley, IL . In lieu of flowers, please donate in his name to one of the following: Huntley American Legion, VFW or American Heart Association.
For further information please call the funeral home at 847-515-8772 or on-line condolences may be directed to www.defiorefuneral.com
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Ernie was a great man and we loved playing pinochle with him. He will be missed by many in Sun City and SOTP Church.
Enjoyed knowing both Ernie & June at Shepherd of the Prairie. Our condolences to all the family. May God give your peace.
David, Jill, Caryn and all of your family, We are so sorry for your loss. Your father was such an important part of my early life and brought much joy to those times together. I am certain he will live on in your memories and hearts. God’s blessings on all of you in this time.
Dear David, Jill and Caryn and your families, may God's compassion, grace and peace sustain you as you grieve for your father. He was so very dear to us. We have so many wonderful memories of you when you were little and we were living in Carol Stream with our children, Jeff and Sharon. The friendship we enjoyed with both your mother and father are treasures to us and will always bring a soft, warm feeling whenever we think of them. The picture of Ernie is great and brings back a flow of fond memories, good times, and a lot of laughs along the way. May your lives be as rich as your mother and dad's. Peace, Phil and Diana Sickles. PS We will send a gift to the Huntley American Legion in Ernie's memory.
I love Ernie and the family he raised with a incredible amount of honor, dedication and distinguished pride. He was a Brother in Arms and very very nice proud of his service, as I was with him! God bless him, his family and all those that know what he stood for. Rest in peace, Ernie.
My Prayers to Ernie’s Family.He was a great Man.He was my Dad’s (Ron Booe) very best And life long friend.I remember going to the house in Carol Stream as a child with my Dad.June and Ernie always welcomed us With open arms.The world lost a wonderful Man and ultimately a wonderful couple. May God Bless you David,Jill and Caryn and your families.I wish I could come
I’m so sorry for your loss ... what a wonderful man ... ❤️
We always enjoyed being in the company of Ernie and June. Such a great couple! Ernie will always be remembered for his smile, positive attitude and faith in God. I will miss chatting with him ever couple weeks. God's Peace to you all!