Longtime Hoquiam resident Cecil Leroy Herrington passed away at home on July 12, 2013, at the age of 87. Cecil was born on October 16, 1925 , in Redding, Iowa to Elder and Winifred (Stutesman) Herrington.
His family came to Hoquiam in 1937 to visit relatives and never left! Cecil attended school in Hoquiam. He worked and retired from Grays Harbor Veneer, except for his service in the Marines in 1952.
Cecil had many interests: U.S. History, old cars, old locally built sailing ships, the Lady Washington, photography, opera music, old movies, the 7th Street Theater, the Hoquiam Timberland Library and especially the Polson Museum. One of his greatest honors was being named “Pioneer of the Year” in 2006 by the Polson Museum. His mother once said because of his interest in past times, “Cecil should have been born 40 years before he was.”
Cecil loved to ride his bicycles and was a familiar fixture, with a rear view mirror on his glasses, on many local roads. He kept track of his bicycle mileage; one bicycle has over 46,000 miles on it!
He was a member of the United Christian Church, the American Legion, Horseless Carriage Club, National Rifle Association, the Republican Party, RSVP volunteer, Friend of the Library and the Polson Museum.
Cecil is survived by his two sisters, Frances (George) Knox of Eugene, Ore. and Roberta Cleland of Hoquiam; nephews, Richard Covall, Ronald (Kerin) Covall, Robert Cleland, all of Hoquiam, Dr. Gary (Cheri) Knox of Spokane, Wash., Scott (Vicki) Knox of Lakewood, Wash.; nieces, Kathi (Bob) Wells of Portland, Ore.; Marti (Ron) Ashcraft of Battleground, Wash.; Judi Herrington of Vancouver, Wash. and Dawn Herrington of Oregon. He is also survived by several great-nieces and great-nephews and even a few great-great- ones!
Cecil’s parents; and a brother, Victor, preceded him in death.
Cecil had a very quirky sense of humor and once gave a young nephew four D-Cell batteries with a note that said “toy not included”!
Cecil quietly marched to his own drummer, taking many of us with him on his journey.
Please come and join his family at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, for graveside services at Sunset Memorial Park in Hoquiam. A memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at United Christial Church, 300 W. 1st Street in Aberdeen, led by John A. Fischer with Dr. George M. Knox (Cecil’s brother-in-law) assisting and concluding with a reception at the Polson Museum in Hoquiam.
Memorials are suggested to: United Christian Church, Polson Museum, 7th Street Theater or the charity of your choice.
Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on-line register at www.colemanmortuary.net.