J. Herman Isner
- June 10, 1918 - May 5, 2012
- Kerens, West Virginia
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“We will miss your wisdom, your quick wit and marvelous memory. I will always cherish the stories and wisdom you imparted to me upon our visits to...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Kelly Kepler Smith - Nevada, MO
“Hermin watched me grow up, he knew me very well, better then I knew myself. Hermin loved to talk about the family geneology and horses, we loved to...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Hollie Burnside - Montrose, WV
“So sorry for your loss...as a distant cousin of Herman i would like to say that he was a great person and never was at a loss for words...he didn't...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: kimberly vandevender - elkins, WV
“I remember so well visiting Mr. & Mrs. Isner at their farm. It was like a step back into genuine Southern hospitality. They were fine people. Mr....Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Kathy Harris - Elkins, WV
“Wonderful memories of a wonderful man. Herman's contributions to society were never ending, and will always be remembered. We will cherish the...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Margaret and Paul Carlson, Sr. - WV
“J. Herman Isner - a great friend and mentor to us. We have truly enjoyed the time we have spent with you over the years. We will miss you and your...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Dan & Tracy Olds - The Woodlands, TX
“God saw you getting tired ,and a cure was not to be,so He put His arms around you and whispered "Come to Me" With tearful eyes we watched you and...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Sally Horning - cousins
“I was honored to meet Herman a few years ago. He shared what he knew about the Isner famly with me. My mother was Icie Isner who married my dad...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Beatrice Fansler D'Angelo - NC
“I shall miss Herman. As ayoung child visitng with his mom and dad on the Triplett farm, Herman teased me incessantly about my red hair and freckles....Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Anita H. Kiesel - Carmel, IN
“I spelled my great grandmother Crinolines Tripetts husbands name wrong in my commet above it is Esau Isner not Waus Isner.
10 of 15 | Posted by: Patricia Ann Fansler Isner Galford Smith - MD
“I was never previleged to meet Herman , but I knew of him. In my search for my family roots I found that Michael Mathias Isner who fought in the...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Patricia Ann Fansler Isner Galford Smith
“Herman will be greatly missed! He was a wonderful and kind hearted person! God Bless all in this time of sorrow. Love and Prayers , Ashley , Donnie...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Ashley Roy Shaffer - Elkins, WV
“HERMAN WILL BE SADLY MISSED BY ALL THE VANDEVANDER FAMILY. HE WAS A VERY SPECIAL PERSON. MAY GOD BLESS.
NORMA & GARY CHANNELL
13 of 15 | Posted by: NORMA & GARY CHANNELL
“God Bless Herman and the Isner family.
Becky Denny Krager
14 of 15 | Posted by: Becky Krager - Atwater, OH
“One of my fondest memories as a child, was to visit Herman on his farm with my grandmother, Kathleen. He will be missed.
15 of 15 | Posted by: Katie Blevins Miller - Tallmadge, OH
J. HERMAN ISNER, age 93 years, a well-known Businessman and Cattle Farmer, and a resident of Kerens, WV departed this life Saturday evening, May 5, 2012 at Cortland Acres at Thomas, WV.
He was born Monday, June 10, 1918 at Kerens, WV a son of the late Jefferson W. and Icy Triplett Isner, sixth generation descendent of Michael Isner, Revolution Veteran and pioneer settler of Randolph coming to Randolf County, then Augusta in 1774 following Lord Dunmores War. On mothers side great-great grandson of William Owen Triplett, rebuilder and designer of Mt. Vernon for George Washington. On May 26, 1944 at Greenbank, WV he was married to the former Doris Ruth Fuhrman, who preceded him in death April 30, 2002.
They lived on his farm at Kerens, WV, where he was extensively engaged in the cattle business buying, selling and raising quality cattle for his entire lifetime. He estimated that he had bought and sold more than three million cattle in seventeen states. Although retired as to extensive travel and trading he still grazed between six hundred and eight hundred steers, keeping three hundred on his home farm and the balance on Virginia farms and elsewhere. Mr. Isner was in the Armed Services during 1943 and 1944.
Over the years he has owned and showed American Saddle gaited horses with considerable success and is widely known in show horse circles.
In 1985, Mr. Isner placed his home farm which is widely recognized as one of the area's best farms in a trust to be maintained and operated as a model demonstration farm under the operation and management of a Board of Trustees – information as to practices available to the inquiring public. In this way it is the hope of Mr. Isner that the farm will be an inspiration to the livestock producers of the future and will point the way to practical economic livestock production.
In his long and varied career as a livestock dealer, farmer and businessman, Mr. Isner had seen West Virginia go backward as an agricultural state having at one time more than three million cattle to our present five hundred thousand head due mainly to our steep terrain which required hard work to maintain and to the present grievous and ridiculous wetland laws that will make a worthless swamp of our mountain valleys and will create a very extensive expense when the future generations lose their taste for the esthetic in favor of satisfying their hunger.
Mr. Isner wishes to give credit for any success he may have had to the inspiration and farseeing advice of his father Jeff Isner, without whose training his accomplishments would have been very meager indeed. In his life-time there is very little that he would have done differently and he has enjoyed every minute except the process of aging. It is his fervent hope that he will have left the land in a better, productive state than he found it; his philosophy is we are only tenants.
The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 5 to 8 PM, Tuesday. Final Rites will be conducted at the funeral home chapel, Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Lois Irons Kessler will officiate and entombment will follow at the Isner Family Mausoleum at Kerens, WV.