James Herr, founder of Herr Foods, dies at 88
April 9, 2012
WEST NOTTINGHAM, PA. — James S. Herr, founder of Herr Foods Inc., maker of Herr’s line of snacks, died April 5. He was 88 years old.
Mr. Herr started his snack food business in 1946 with the help of his then fiancée, and future wife, Miriam. The business grew from a small potato chip manufacturing operation to a producer of a full line of snacks. Today, Herr’s products may be found in most states and in numerous foreign countries.
Mr. Herr retired from his role as chairman of the board of Herr Foods Inc. when his eldest son, J.M. Herr, assumed that role in 2005. Until his passing, James continued to serve on the board of directors.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Miriam Hershey Herr; three sons, James M. Herr (Lois), Nottingham, Pa.; Edwin Kerr, Nottingham; and Gene Herr (Terri), Kirkwood, Pa.; two daughters, June Gunden (Doug), Peachtree City, Ga.; and Martha Thomas (Daryl), Kirkwood, Pa.; 20 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the James S. Herr Foundation, which supports evangelism around the world.
Memorial Donations can be sent to: Herr Foods Inc., 20 Herr Drive, P.O. Box 300, Nottingham, PA 19362.