Herman grew up in Los Angeles and studied sign painting at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. He was drafted into the Army in 1966 and sent to Vietnam, where he served as a gunner in 1967 and 1968. Frank and Norma met at a dance at the Union Hall in Los Angeles. She was a student at Roosevelt High School; he was from rival Garfield High. They married in 1966, two weeks before he was due to report for duty. Returning to civilian life, he took a job as a sign painter. The couple had one son, Christopher, who grew up to become a Los Angeles County firefighter. Christopher Herman died in 1994 in a fire in Altadena at age 25. A memorial service for Herman will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Calvary Chapel Montebello, 931 S. Maple Ave. Burial will follow at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary. Herman will be buried next to his son’s grave at Rose Hills. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2However, following a fundraising dance the post put on in his behalf in April, a thief or thieves burglarized the post, taking $1,500 raised from the event. An article about the theft that appeared in the Whittier Daily News triggered a flood of new donations for Herman and his wife. About 60 Marines from the Marine Reserve Training Center in Pico Rivera, who were moved by the article, donated $1,600. Herman belonged to the VFW Post in Pico Rivera for 25 years, often showing up there before dawn to mow the lawn and make repairs to the building. He founded the post’s annual “Black and White” fundraising dance and organized Christmas parties for local children. Herman, who loved smoking cigars and swapping war stories, also helped recruit to the post the new generation of war veterans who served in Iraq and the Persian Gulf War. “His biggest legacy is the love he had for those young people,” Norma Herman said. PICO RIVERA – Vietnam veteran Frank Herman, whose battle with cancer became a rallying cause for local veterans, has died, his wife confirmed. Herman, 62, died Saturday at the Veterans Administration’s West Los Angeles medical facility, where he had spent the past few months, said Norma Herman. “He died young, but he lived his life like he was supposed to – with purpose,” she said. “He always acted like he was 52 instead of 62.” Herman was active and well-known at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6315. When members learned he had cancer, they began raising money to help the couple pay for medical and other expenses.