Ardon Lionel Herman, 84, Brinsmade, ND, passed away on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, while working in his orchard on his farm near Brinsmade.

Ardon Lionel Herman, 84, Brinsmade, ND, passed away on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, while working in his orchard on his farm near Brinsmade. The Memorial Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Bethel Evangelical Free Church, Devils Lake, ND, with Reverend Bruce Dick officiating. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the church on Wednesday. Music will be provided by Heidi Herman-Wiens and Eileen and Rollin Herman. Honorary urn bearers will be his four grandsons; Nathan and Caleb Wiens, and Jared and Erik Herman. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Ardon was born May 13, 1934, to George and Elsie (Gerig) Herman on their farm in rural Normania township, northeast of Brinsmade. He received his education in Leeds Public School, graduating valedictorian and went on to receive a B.S. in agronomy at NDSU in 1957, concurrently completing four years in ROTC and commissioned as 2nd lieutenant in USAF. During his college years, he was a member of the Farmhouse fraternity and met his future wife, Audrey. They were married in Dec. 1957 and he was deployed to Lackland AFB in TX where he began pilot training, later receiving a medical discharge. He then became assistant county agent at Bottineau county for a year before joining in partnership with his brothers on the family farm operation back at Brinsmade. Along with farming, he worked with NW Nurseries in Valley City, providing landscape services locally and in surrounding states. This experience, coupled with his formative early dust-bowl memories, led to a lifelong obsession and love for planting trees, which he continued to the present with his large tree forest and field shelterbelts surrounding his home and farmland. In his early farming years, he invented, developed, and began manufacturing and selling several novel farm tillage machines, beginning with the “Herman Harrow” known for its unique bent-tooth design, and continuing on with the “Diamond Disc” with its unusual diamond shape. These tillage implements are still being manufactured by Summers Manufacturing. His primary focus was always farming, trees, native prairie grasses, and new soil conservation practices, and he was recognized throughout his life with related awards including ND Soil Conservationist of the year, Outstanding Conservationist, NAWG innovative conservation practices award, ND Trees Wildlife Landowners award, numerous Tree Farm awards, and NDSU President’s Agriculture Club award. In addition to farming, Ardon was active in community groups; serving on the Leeds schoolboard, Sunday school, church board/deacon, Lions club and others. He also served on township board, national wheat board, ND water board, NRSCS state and district supervisor, state forestry board member and many others. He always enjoyed spending time with family and grandchildren. Ardon’s lifelong interest in geography and world-wide farming practices increased his enjoyment of extensive world travel in later years, as son Daniel began transitioning to farm manager. Survivors include his wife Audrey (Olson) Herman, children Heidi (Greg) Wiens, Peter (Tammy) Herman, Daniel (Heidi Anne) Herman. Four brothers; Donovan (Ruth) Herman, George Herman, Dwayne (Bonnie) Herman, Dale (Ruth) Herman. Four grandsons; Nathan and Caleb Wiens, and Jared and Erik Herman, and also numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Elsie, sisters; Iris (Willard) Hoglund, Phyllis (Kenneth) Ellingson, Carol (Gilbert) Esau, and Delores (Edwin) Bargen. Online condolences may be left at The Nelson Funeral Home of Leeds is in charge of the arrangements.