Herman George Haefele, 83, entered into God's presence Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, with his famity at his side.
He was born Oct. 24, 1928, on the Haefele family homestead, east of Callaway. His grandparents were pioneer homesteaders in Custer County.
He was the eldest of five sons born to Gecrge Vernon Haefele and Helen Elizabeth Neth Haefele. He grew up and
attended schools in Broken Bow, and graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1947. In that same year, Herm enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and earned the rank of Sergeant.
May 23, 1948, he married his wife of 63 years, Darlene Niedt, in Broken Bow. They became parents of Susan, Teresa, Julie, David, and Kimberly.
He gradaated from the Radio-Television Broadcast lnstitute in Omaha, and obtained his First Class Radio-Television license from the FCC. He completed other academic studies at the University of Nebraska, the University of Colorado and ldaho State University, plus several other special studies.
He also was a liensed private pilot.
He began his broadcasting career in l95l at KMMJ radio in Grand lsland, and KGFW radio in Kearney. His television career began at KH0L-TV at Kearney-Holdrege.
Herm had three different careers in television: as on-air announcer and on-air TV personality as Doc Harmony at KCKT TV in Great Bend, Kan., KSw-3; as the director of engineering of Central Kansas Television Network, in which he expanded the network by designing and building KGLD TV, Garden City/Dodge City, Kan., and KOMC TV, Oberlin-Goodland Kansas/McCook.
He and his family moved to ldaho Falls in February 1962, and he began a career in progamming and sales at KIFI TV. He was assistant general manager, and retired in 1990 as station manager.
Herm was involved in numerous community activities, including president of Barton Flying Club and president of Barton County Mental Health Association in Kansas. In Idaho he was a member of the Idaho Falls Jaycees, East ldaho Falls Kiwanis Club, president-director of the Idaho Falls YMCA, and president of the Rocky Mountain Broadcast Association, including Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada and South Dakota. He joined SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and served two terms as District 1087 Manager and four terms as Chairman of SCORE Chapter 295.
Over the years, he was actively involved with his church as a leader, teacher and friend. Herm valued his relationship with Jesus Christ, his family and his grandchildren. He lived his life with integrity and courage that symbolized his strength of character. When Herm was healthy, he could frequently be seen helping neighbors, or involved with church construction projects - sometimes as far away as the Ukraine with "Men in Missions."
Dad was an avid golfer and fisherman. He enjoyed his trips to Alaska end loved to travel. He had many unique opportunities, such as a private tour of Air Fore One and flying with the Blue Angels. Herm led a very full and productive life.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Darlene of Idaho Falls; daughters, Julie (Iom) Shilling of Denver and Kimberly (David) Egdorf of Hardin, Mont.; son, David (Becky) Haefele of Chicago; four grandchildren, Keeley, Amy, Brandon and Camille; his two brothers, Gaylord Haefele and Vernon Haefele; and multiple friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughters, Susan Hofer and Teresa Haefele; his parents; brother, Loren Haefele; and infant brother, Vernon Edward Haefele.
A celebration of Herm's life was Feb. 21, at the Idaho Falls First Church of the Nazarene. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Aspen Home Health and Hospice at 3470 Washington Parkway, Idaho Falls, ID 83404.
Published in Custer County Chief, June 14, 2012