Howard Lee Herrington

howard herrington

June 8, 1933 ~ February 26, 2020

Born in: Plattsmouth, Nebraska
Resided in: Fremont, California

Loving husband, father, grandpa, great-grandpa, and friend. Affectionately known as Sonny by those who knew him, Howard was born in Nebraska and then got the urge to move to California after being stationed in Monterey during his time in the Navy. After finishing trade school in diesel mechanics in Nebraska, Howard moved his family to California. He was a resident of Fremont for 60 years.

Howard was proud of his service in the US Navy and of his 35 years as a heavy equipment mechanic in Operating Engineer’s Local 3.

Howard and Tootie (Delores) enjoyed many years traveling as a family and later in life as a couple in their motorhome. Howard enjoyed camping, motorcycle riding, square dancing, country music, navy reunions and spending time with friends.

He had a great sense of humor, would make everyone feel welcome and help anyone fix anything.

Howard is survived by his son Rusty; daughter Debbie (Colin) Anderson, grandkids Jacob, Lindsay, Matthew, Blake, and Cooper; and great-grandchildren Luke, Tyler, and Austin. He is preceded in death by his wife Delores and son Danny.

He will be missed dearly by all those who knew and loved him.

A drop-in reception and celebration of Howard’s life will be held Sunday, March 8, 2020, 12 pm – 4 pm at  Berge Pappas Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, California, 94538. 510-656-1226. Please direct any communications to Berge Pappas Smith Chapel of the Angels.

You can donate to a charity of your choice or Young Life Capernaum-CA 16, 1123 Hanchett Ave, San Jose, CA 95126 (Attn. Shelley Smith) Memo: Howard Herrington.



Celebration of Life: March 8, 2020 12:00 pm - June 25, 2024 4:00 pm

Room: Mission Chapel

Berge Papas Smith Chapel of the Angels
40842 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538


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  1. Dad, you taught me the love of working with tools and with my hands. You had so much knowledge about fixing things and were always willing to pass it on. People always ask me how I am able to fix the things I am able to fix and build the things I build. I tell them it is because you taught me how to use the tools and to always do the best job possible. Thank you. You had every right to feel proud of the fact that you came to California with nothing, worked hard, and was able to accomplish the things you did! Now it’s time to rest.

  2. CandleSorry for your loss! I will always remember him. It was a great uncle we had so many great uncles they all be missed. Prayers it to the family of uncle Sonny.

  3. CandleSorry for your loss herrington family! Sure will be missed! Love you my brother and uncle Sonny! I thought some prayers are with the Herrington family at this time. love you.

  4. Uncle Sonny, thank you for the enormous hugs and the love that you shared ❤️.
    We have such great memories of you celebrating Christmas with us in Lincoln Nebraska, your laughter and your smile was so contagious.
    Love you and your family so much.

  5. To Herrington family, our prayers and thoughts to all of you in this time of sorrow. love you and may you have comfort Knowing there is no more suffering 💜

  6. CandleSorry for your loss Herrington Family

    I will miss your dad.
    He and I have been good (best) friends For a long time and I will miss him a lot.

    You taught me so much about mechanics. Thank you

    Teri, Jennifer, Kristina, Allen, Ryan, Kadie , Anthony, And Noah will miss you so much god bless you.

    Thank you my friend.

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