Roger Hermsmeyer on the left, working on the septic tank installation at White Sulphur Springs Ranch with Tim Buckhout and Robert Ware. Photo by Yvonne Ware

Remembering Roger and his contributions to White Sulphur Springs Ranch

By John Lullo

White Sulphur Springs Ranch

 

This is the legacy brick given to Roger days before he passed away. It will be installed on the grounds at White Sulphur Springs Ranch. Photo by Janet Reihsen

Our friend, Roger Hermsmeyer passed away Sunday morning,  the last day of July, 2022.  Roger struggled with cancer a long time before it brought him down. He was quiet and courageous to the end. Roger was with his caregiver Kelly and his brother Bob when he passed. Although he and his family lived in Kenwood, California, the family has a long history and many personal connections within the Graeagle area. Roger and his wife Betsy moved full time to Clio about 10 years ago and soon after that he became a Mohawk Valley Stewardship Council (MVSC) volunteer.

It was only the last few months that he wasn’t active in advancing the work of restoration at White Sulphur Springs Ranch.  Using his professional skills as a heavy equipment operator, he donated his personal time, equipment and money to help the cause and he never wanted credit for his work.  It was important to him to make a contribution to the community. Roger was a major factor in getting the ranch site to the condition it is in today.

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The Board of Directors of the MVSC just recently, in the last two weeks of Rogers life, put his name on a legacy brick that will always be a part of the landscape at White Sulphur Springs Ranch.  He was presented with the brick just days before he died.  Quiet, unassuming and respected by all who knew him, Roger will always be a part of the historic ranch he worked so diligently to improve . He will remain in the memories of all the people he helped. The community has lost a friend.  He will truly be missed.

Roger Hermsmeyer doing what he loved to do on the White Sulphur Springs Ranch site. Photo by Linda Cooley