Herman Vergara (68), husband, father, son, and brother, passed away on April 27, 2018 at his home in Everett, Washington. Herman leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Cheryl, their two sons that he adored, Philipp and Ryan, daughters-in-law Michelle and Carly, and his beloved sister Elanor Vergara Licudine.

Herman was born in Mabini, Philippines, and moved to the United States at the age of 21. He ended up living in the Seattle area with his best friend, Rudy Ragudos who grew up with him in the Philippines. They have been best friends since the age of four and Rudy was the one who talked Herman into moving to the Seattle area, where Rudy had already moved to. Best friends for 64 years, Herman and Rudy loved spending time together.

Herman worked his whole life to provide for his family that he loved. Herman spent 31 years working for Boeing as an aircraft mechanic, and retired April 21, 2017 to spend his days with the love of his life, Cheryl, and their two fur babies, Benzo and Blarney.

Herman never met a dog that he didn’t love and didn’t love him back. His beloved fur baby, Benzo who they rescued 12 years ago, went everywhere with him. He also leaves behind their other fur baby, Blarney who they rescued on St. Patrick’s Day, 2017.

He also had a love of dogs, gardening, and woodworking. Herman will always be remembered for his classic sense of humor and constant joking that provided his family and friends with endless laughter, as well as his ability to create perfect millwork, and the most beautiful topiary trees!

Herman’s favorite sayings:

“Hey, have you heard this great Filipino singer, let me YouTube it for you!”

“Oh no, don’t throw that away, I could use it someday!”

“Don’t spend your money on that, that’s a gimmick!”

“Don’t forget to lock the door, there’s crazy people out here!”

“Don’t you do that one more time or you’re going to get it!”

“Hey, let’s go smoke!”

“It’s reality and I’m a realist!”


A celebration of Herman’s life will be held on Saturday May 5, 2018 at Solie Funeral Home. Viewing will be available from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. with funeral services starting at 1:00 p.m.

A potluck reception will be held following the funeral at the residence of a family member in Everett. Please bring a potluck dish to share with everyone. Herman loved to share food and drinks with everyone. Please contact mikala7@yahoo.com for food or item drop off at the wake location, prior to the funeral.

8 Responses

  1. Sandra Ackerman

    I worked with (Hector) on the 767 at Boeing. He would come into my office and smile (always smiling) and ask how my day was and then help himself to any food my co-workers and I had brought in, and we welcomed him to it. 🙂 On his retirement day he came to each of us in my office and individually invited us to partake in his retirement celebration, with a smile (always a smile). He was well loved here by his team.
    Love to his family both furry and not.
    ~Sandra Ackerman and the 767 Forward Bodies Team.

  2. Harsimran Kaur

    Not a single person would leave a party without being overfed and overly loved in Herman’s presence. We all love you, and you will be dearly missed ♥️

  3. Rachel Flatum

    Herman aka Hector will be missed dearly. He was an uncle to me even thought he was my cousin. I will always remember his boots that Les named “John Travolta”. Herman always had the biggest smile on his face. As a kid and into my adulthood the rice cooker was always ready to feed someone. And that made him happy 😊. We would call him the “food pusher”. Herman loved his wife dearly, his boys and his family in the Philippines and his “norapinos”. Our world is more quiet, however I know in heaven he is playing the guitar with his father in law and my dad. And they all have a huge smile on their face. I love you Cheryl, Phillip, Ryan, Carly and Michelle.

  4. Sharon Allen

    Herman was an amazing person and has left many precious memories to treasure. He will always be remembered for his smile and caring personality. He will be truly missed. May the wonderful memories shared be a source of comfort and peace as the days and years pass by. May God be with you to help you through this grievous time. Loving thoughts and prayers to all of you. My deepest condolences. Isaiah 41:10,13; John 6:40. Resting in peace. Gone but never forgotten.

  5. Jason Daley

    Even from beyond Herman still makes us smile. “Herman’s favorite sayings:” just brought a major smile to my face as tears for the loss of a great man run down my cheeks. I could hear each one in his voice and pictured him leaning in to say them. He lives on in the hearts and memories of us all.

  6. Jim Walters

    Herman always had a smile for me, and always made me feel welcome. Such a gentle soul, who no one can say a single bad thing about. He was very quiet spoken but people listened when he spoke. Godspeed on your next journey Herman!

  7. Julie wilkie Stephens

    My name is Julie and my husband is Randy. We are Michelle’s Aunt an Uncle from Omaha, Ne. We had the pleasure of spending time in Seattle for Michelle an Phil’s wedding and Herman was such a wonderful caring loving man. Made us and my dad, “Papa” feel like family right sway. So enjoyed our talks and being with him and his wonderful wife Cheryl. Feel like we knew you in a short time and cant express how sorry we are to hear this. All our love to Phil Michelle Cheryl and family. God bless your in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Chris

    So honored to have met this man even though it was shortlived. I only have kind words for this wonderful person. He will be truly missed. He will always be remembered in the eyes of his wife and two kids. Such a great family.
    – Chris, Cary and. Family

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