‚ÄčA Celebration of Life NEAL HERTZMANN


One-of-a-kind true friend to many, Neal Hertzmann passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family February 21, 2022. He is preceded in death by his parents Louis and Olga (Betty) Hertzmann and Neal’s dearest wife of forty-three years Peggy, who passed away in 2002. 

 Neal’s love and loyalty will live on forever in all of us. The Hertzmann children:   daughter Kim Marnin and son-in-law John, son Steve Hertzmann and daughter-in-law Hali, daughter Julie Marada and son-in-law John. Also, the six grandchildren Aubrey (and Anthony), Jordan, Justin, Brittany, Jake (and Chelsea), and Maddison, and Hertzmann’s new Great Granddaughter, Chloe; as well as, Sandy Washabaugh, Neal’s companion for the past eighteen years. 

Dad with the kids, Julie, Kim and Steve and Neal’s grandson Justin (on the left)

and granddaughter Aubrey's husband, Anthony (on the right).  

Orin Neal Hertzmann was born August 17,1929 at Chanute Army Air Corp Base (near Rantoul, Illinois), to Louis and Olga (Betty) Hertzmann. Primarily, Neal was raised in Gibson City and Champaign, Illinois. 

Neal was always a very good student, while attending high school, he excelled in Latin and Math, participated in wrestling, all the while working at the local grocery store.

Neal’s higher education seemed to be directed to military and engineering,  beginning at the University of Illinois where he was enrolled in the ROTC program, was a member of the Pershing Rifles (a military drill team), played soccer and wrestled. Neal’s senior year he interviewed with Douglas Aircraft and accepted their job offer because of the lure of sunny California.

In 1951 Neal Hertzmann received his degree in Mechanical Engineering, and while waiting for his security clearance, the U.S. Army called Neal Hertzmann up as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was assigned to the Armored Division at Fort Knox, Kentucky, joining the basic training divisions teaching tank driving and maintenance.

Shortly thereafter, he was made Company Commander of a 200+ man group. Neal served two years in the U.S. Army and then received a Hughes Aircraft Fellowship to attend University of Southern California, where he graduated with an MS in Mechanical Engineering in 1956.  Neal Hertzmann worked at Hughes Aircraft for the next 35 plus years, primarily in the Space Program. Much of his work was classified, but at his retirement, his government customer (Mr. Iwai) stated, “…because of Neal, this country is a much safer place!” 

The Celebration of the Life of NEAL HERTZMANN Memorial Service will be Saturday March 19, 2022 1:00 P.M. at St. Columba’s, located at 42324 North Shore Drive, Big Bear City, CA 92314. Presiding officiate will be Lutheran Pastor Tim Edmundson. 

Friends may send cards and messages to Sandy Washabaugh at: Sandydadaof5 @aol.com or Post Office Box 2814, Big Bear City  92314 or 909 -744-0944. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Neal Hertzmann Memorial Fund c/o Ascension Lutheran Church at 26231 Silver Spur Rd, RPV, CA  90275 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Neal Hertzmann memorial fund at: http://giftfunds.stjude.org 

Thank You, from the Hertzmann Family.


   Editor’s note: See the tribute to Neal Herzmann THE MAN About Town at: https://www.bigbearlake.net/The-Serving