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“Dave, Thanks for the many years of entertainment ! I was a old fan of Big Daddy and the Digs and have years of memories. Thanks for the great years...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Anthony Roden - Fond du Lac, WI

“So sorry to hear of Dave passing he sure knew his music and we always had fun at the Gavel dancing. We always went to the farm and jumped in the hay...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Diana Van Domelen Plath-Stalzer - WI

“So sorry to hear about Dave. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Kay Hawkinson - Appleton, WI

Dave always had his guitars handy. “Hermie will be sorely missed. I met him when I was 18 and saw him play with Flaming Coals. He was an inspiration. I never dreamed I would be playing...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Jan Ohman - Austin, TX

“So sorry for your loss. Hermus was a great guy and I will miss seeing him at the end of the bar at Little Chicago's... a truly great man that...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Amanda Lauer

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May you find peace through your love, tears, laughter and each other. Peace, Wendy Wydeven ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Wendy Wydeven

“Deedi and family, I am so sorry for your loss , may he RIP and be out of pain ! It's the hardest thing to lose a parent! My mom just passed in...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Paula Hungerford

“I am so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. I remember the Flaming Coals well and being a member of the She 5, we admired their band and very talented...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Dar Ryba-Borchardt - Wittenberg, WI

“Rest in peace Dave ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Theresa Reetz - Appleton, WI

“So sorry for your loss. As neighborhood kids, I remember laying on our bellies & peaking through the basement windows watching Dave practicing with...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“I am sorry to hear about Dave's passing. When we were young, we had a yearly block party in the neighborhood. I remember how cool it was that we...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Pam (Van Vreede) Meyer

“I have many great memories of Dave, and all you guys. So sorry for your loss. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Harry Koehler, Chandler AZ

“Dear Hermsen family...please accept my condolence and thoughts... ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: bob fusfeld

“Hermsen Family: So sorry to read of your loss. We enjoyed visiting with Dave at Dorn's and Little Chicago. We also appreciated his computer help. ...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Margaret Killa - Appleton, WI

“May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Frannie Poitras - Kimberly, WI

“My most sincere condolences to you Barb and your family. May God bless you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Darlene Van Dyke

“40 years of friendship and memories. So much laughter (and a few tears). You will be missed, my friend. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Al Van Asten - Little Chute, WI

“It just won't be the same without Hermie to pick on. Loved that man! What fun we had. Rest easy my friend. Bill Barker ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

David "Dave" Kirby Hermsen (a.k.a Hermie), age 77, of Combined Locks, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, after a courageous battle with cancer. Dave was born on May 29, 1940 to the late Martin and Esther (Spice) Hermsen in Appleton. Dave graduated from St. Norbert's High School in 1958. He then attended college at St. Norbert College in De Pere. Dave married his current wife, Barbara J. Derks (Rader) on March 27, 1999, and have been married for the past 18 years. He married his first wife, Rosie M. Maas in August of 1961 in Kimberly. They were married for 30 years and had three wonderful children, Douglas, Michelle and Denise "Deedi". Dave was employed with CB Supply, Perkins, JC Penney's, Valley School Supply, and owned his own business DR Systems, where he enjoyed building and repairing computers, all the while following his passion as a full-time musician. Dave was a professional musician for 58 years, and spent time in Nashville where he played with members of Johnny Cash's band, opened for Jerry Lee Lewis and many other of his Rock-n-Roll heroes. Dave also played at the Kentucky Derby and in Las Vegas at the annual Rock-a-Billy Festival. Dave loved music and pursued it by being a member of several of his own bands such as Flaming Coals, Big Daddy and the Digs, The Fourth of Never, Resurrection and Dave and the Bad Cats (a Rock-a-Billy band). After he left performing full time with his own bands, Dave could be found sitting in and playing songs in his son Doug's band, Zeb Salvage, a classic rock band. In his earlier years, Dave liked to hunt (both duck and deer) and fish. Dave was an avid NASCAR fan, loved Harley Davidson Motorcycles and the Green Bay Packers. Dave and Barb spent many sunny summer afternoons taking road trips either in Barb's convertible or on Dave's Harley. Dave is survived by his wife, Barb; his first wife, Rosie Thompson; his son, Douglas (Joan) Hermsen; his daughters, Michelle (Dennis) Grimh, Denise "Deedi" Eisenschink and his step-son, Eric (Jenny) Derks. Dave is further survived by his grandchildren, Kate Hermsen (Matthew Patterson), Kristina Hermsen, Tyler (Anna) Grimh, Ryan Grimh (Sammy Coyle), Krystal Nechodom (Jeremy), Kyle Eisenschink, Parker and Paige Derks; his great-grandchildren, Hunter, Taylor and Connor Nechodom, Joplin and Ember Eisenschink, Lyla Grimh and Donovan Patterson. Dave is also survived by many other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, Dave was preceded in death by; his son-in-law, David Eisenschink and many aunts, uncles and other loved ones. Services for Dave will be held in private. A celebration of Dave's life will be held for his family and friends on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. at LITTLE CHICAGO, N9650 Friendship Drive in Kaukauna. Online condolences can be made at In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established in David's name. Special thank you to all the staff at the Oncology Unit at St. Elizabeth Hospital for all their support, compassion and loving care for David and his family during this difficult time.

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