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Herman Ziesemer Jr.




A memorial service will be held at J. Levy & Termini Funeral Home on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 7:00 P.M., with Deacon Sam Dell’Olio officiating.

Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 5:00 P.M.


Herman the German (84) of Galveston, took his last breath at his home, with family and friends on Saturday, May 31st, 2014. Herman was born on the island (literally) on 8th & Market, to Herman and Goldie Ziesemer. He was the youngest of five; sister Kitty and brothers Newell, William and Son, who all preceded him in death.

Herman served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army. He was a Master Mason, reaching 32nd degree within the Freemasonry. He loved his island so much, he never truly lived anywhere else. His two greatest loves, outside of family and friends, were bowling and fishing. In March of 1963, at Bowl Lanes in Galveston, he met his bride Patricia. He went home that night and told his mom that he met the woman he was going to marry. Three months later, on June 3rd, 1963 they wed, and he cherished her more and more every day since.

Herman retired from Todd’s Shipyard after 24 years, only to begin his 2nd career with the City of Galveston, finally retiring again after 18 years of service with his city.

Having never met a stranger, Herman touched so many lives. Each has their story of and with him, just as he shared his stories with all.

Herman is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia; daughter Kathy and husband George; son Joe and wife Rose; son John; son Phillip and wife Wendy; son Michael; and “step”children Cathy and Sandy; granddaughter Breanna; Daisy Moeler; grandchildren Ashley and Matthew Dawson; Zach and Michael Cox; Chris, Kayla and Tyler Sanders; Alexis Forbis; great-grandchildren and many, many “adopted” kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Catherine Spinks, Lucy Dawson, Michelle Ziesemer and Blake Lyons.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston. You may donate at