It is with unfathomable grief that we announce the sudden passing of Daniel “Dan” R. Herche, 71, of Cincinnati, on Saturday, December 30th in Brooklyn, New York.
Dan’s incredible life began on April 10, 1946, in Bridgetown, OH, where he was born to Robert and Martha Herche. He attended Oak Hills High School, and returned to the Cincinnati area after completing a degree in accounting from Miami University in Oxford. It was there that he met and married Glenda Ann Creek Herche, and became a doting, devoted and supportive father to Christopher Daniel and Sarah Elizabeth. After Glenda passed, Dan joined a grief support group, where he met the second love of his life, Christine Chuparkoff Romano. They married in 2001 and enjoyed the last 16 ½ years traveling, making friends and serving others.
Dan joined Arthur Young out of college and then moved to Cincinnati Gas and Electric (later Cinergy) in 1976, where he held numerous positions in finance, accounting and internal auditing. He was named controller in 1987 at age 40, making him perhaps the youngest officer at the company. He retired in 2000, but never one to sit still, rejoined the workforce as chief financial officer of Myron G. Johnson & Son Lumber until 2007.
After his second retirement, Dan used his newfound free time to focus on making an impact on this world. He was a true humanitarian, a huge presence with a heart of gold. He had a special affinity for children, especially his young nieces. If one had a traveling softball game in South Carolina, then she could count on Uncle Dan to be there cheering her on. Sometimes too loudly, but always with passion and spirit (and cowbells and noisemakers).
He also truly loved the youngsters he tutored at Holy Family Parish. His passion for helping children led him to volunteer with First Tee, teaching life skills through the game of golf. Known as the “Bus Stop Grandpa,” Dan took glee in greeting the kids of his neighborhood on their way to or from school. “He was always making us laugh, and curious what we were up to,” they wrote in a condolence note. “We will miss him a lot!”
When Dan wasn’t cavorting with kids, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to help anyone with taxes or financial planning, and he put his financial and accounting skills to good use as a mentor with SCORE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground.
Dan had energy and a zest for life. He worked hard to keep his intellect sharp, doing the Sudoku puzzle in the Enquirer every morning, following the financial markets closely and rarely missing a Squawk Box episode.
He was active and athletic, biking on 25-mile trips with his wife, playing tennis frequently at Mercy Healthplex, and golfing with his lifelong buddies several times a week at his home away from home, Western Hills Country Club. And with growing frequency, he was really away from home, traveling the world. He toured more than 40 countries as far reaching as Australia and New Zealand. He and Christine enjoyed a trip to South Africa this fall and were always replenishing their bucket list.
In addition to traveling abroad, Dan enjoyed visiting New York City, mainly to see his pride and joy, Christopher, but also to take in Broadway shows and to eat his way through the finest restaurants in the city, trying a new one every day on every visit. This year, he enjoyed Italian and Greek fare with his family, fell ill the day after Christmas, and was called to heaven four days later.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Glenda in 1999, and his daughter, Sarah in 1983. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Christine, son Chris (Bonnie), brother Dave, and assorted in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, January 8, at Rebold, Rosenaker & Sexton Funeral Home, 3700 Glenmore Ave., Cincinnati, 45211. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 9, at Holy Family Parish, 814 Hawthorne Ave., Cincinnati, 45205, with Rev. Leonard C. Wenke presiding. A celebration of Dan’s life will follow at Western Hills Country Club, 5780 Cleves Warsaw Pike.
Dan lived a life as large as he was. He cleaned every plate, held Herche Happy Hour every night, and never gave up on the Cincinnati Bengals. He laughed big, and loved bigger. He made this world a better place and we were all lucky to have known him.
He leaves behind a vibrant legacy that will live on through charitable work that will be carried out in his honor. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Daniel R. Herche Memorial Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation at 200 West 4th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 or through www.gcfdn.org.