Herbert Ganz

05/07/1930 — 12/26/2006

From West, Richland, WA, US | Born in Freewater, Oregon

Herbert Ganz

Herbert Herb Ganz died December 26, 2006 at Hospice House after a courageous battle with multiple cancers.

Born May 7, 1930 in Freewater Oregon to the late Karl & Vera Ganz, he attended grade school through the 9th grade. Herb entered the Navy December 30, 1947 where he served as an aviation machinist and earned his GED. After his discharge from the Navy in 1950 he worked in the logging industry for a short while. In the early 50’s Herb started work at Hanford as a pipe fitter, and in 1955 he moved to West Richland where he started Ganz Welding & Machine in a small garage next to his home. In 1968 the business was incorporated as Metalfab Inc. Later - in 1977 - with the help of two partners he developed Desert View Mobile Home Park. Herb retired for the first time in 1981, but everyone knew he couldn’t be idle for long being a builder at heart.

On April 10th 1984 he married his wife Dorothy who lovingly cared for him through their twenty two years.

After building the mobile park, his dream was to build RV Village Resort at the west end of West Richland. That became a reality in 2003

Herb was an innovator who enjoyed looking at a situation to find a way to simplify and make things more efficient to meet the need. Many of his creations can be seen in Metalfab today. His quality craftsmanship can also be seen throughout the community and surrounding area.

Throughout his life Herb served in many leadership roles, beginning with the first West Richland Chamber of Commerce. He then built the first little league field in the Brotherhood and later the Elks Little League field. Herb also started Riverside Rotary Club in the Tri Cities and organized Desert Harvest, a food collection for the needy. These are only a few of his many achievements.

Herb’s passion in life was flying and he owned several small aircraft. As his health declined and he was unable to fly any longer he started playing golf. On almost any day you could find him chasing his yellow balls on the course. Throughout his life he enjoyed swing dancing. Herb danced the entire night only twelve days before his death. He loved life and chose to live it to the fullest up to the end.

Surviving are his wife Dorothy Goebel Ganz; brothers Ed Vi and Harold Judy; sisters Martha Burton Ed, Marge Patterson Bob and Sylvia Beach Duane; children Terry, Daniel Deon, Michael Linda and Kathy Billow Bob; stepchildren Lisa Stocker Paul and Randy Goebel Chris; eighteen grandchildren and thirty two great grandchildren.

The memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 30th at Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Road.

Memorials may be made to Hospice House Tri-City Chaplaincy or Tri-City Cancer Center.

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  • My sympathies to all who knew and loved Herb. I knew him when he had his first shop in

    West Richand. Herb did several jobs for me; welding glider trailers and making special glider-parts. He was honest, friendly, and an excellent, inovative builder. I remember his pride at that time was a hydraulic press that the had made from a landing gear strut! He would let me stay and watch and even help him work. You won’t find an establishment like that these days, or a craftsman like Herb.

    Rudolph Allemann
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dorothy, He’s now at peace. I will never forget how I harassed him about “playing fetch with himself”. Better known as golfing. The few times we were together, we had a lot of laughs. Sorry I couldn’t make it for the service. The weather is so dicey and just wasn’t safe to travel, but I’m thinking of you today. God Bless….Sherrie

    Sherrie Gregory
    November 4, 2014
    Roseburg, OR, US
  • Growing up with Herb as a couple youngsters getting to see and taste the world was something that will always be a cherishes memory for me. I’m sure glad we re-connected before we each face the final accounting. Loved you Herb!

    mauri mayor
    November 4, 2014
    Amity, OR, US
  • Herb was a good guy, we butted heads at first but once I got to know the old fella we became friends. I know from the stories he told he had a full life. I will miss Herb, there will always be a smile when I think of him….

    Penny Endicott
    November 4, 2014
    W., Richland, WA, US
  • Dorothy, Terry, Danny, Kathy, and family,

    My thoughts are with you during this time of tremendous loss.

    One of my fondest memories of Uncle Herb was when he took me up in his plane when I was a young child. He made the experience so exciting. I will miss his warm smile.

    Diana Gossett
    November 4, 2014
    Auburn, WA, US
  • I’ll always remember Herb wanting my mom to go golfing with him when he came to Roseburg! We love and miss you Herb!!!

    Angi Gregory
    November 4, 2014
    Winston, OR, US
  • I’ll miss you Dad. I love you and thanks for my life.

    Terry L Ganz
    November 4, 2014
    Cochise, AZ, US
  • My sympathies to all who knew and loved Herb. I knew him when he had his first shop in

    West Richand. Herb did several jobs for me; welding glider trailers and making special glider-parts. He was honest, friendly, and an excellent, inovative builder. I remember his pride at that time was a hydraulic press that the had made from a landing gear strut! He would let me stay and watch and even help him work. You won’t find an establishment like that these days, or a craftsman like Herb.

    Rudolph Allemann
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dorothy, He’s now at peace. I will never forget how I harassed him about “playing fetch with himself”. Better known as golfing. The few times we were together, we had a lot of laughs. Sorry I couldn’t make it for the service. The weather is so dicey and just wasn’t safe to travel, but I’m thinking of you today. God Bless….Sherrie

    Sherrie Gregory
    November 4, 2014
    Roseburg, OR, US
  • Growing up with Herb as a couple youngsters getting to see and taste the world was something that will always be a cherishes memory for me. I’m sure glad we re-connected before we each face the final accounting. Loved you Herb!

    mauri mayor
    November 4, 2014
    Amity, OR, US
  • Herb was a good guy, we butted heads at first but once I got to know the old fella we became friends. I know from the stories he told he had a full life. I will miss Herb, there will always be a smile when I think of him….

    Penny Endicott
    November 4, 2014
    W., Richland, WA, US
  • Dorothy, Terry, Danny, Kathy, and family,

    My thoughts are with you during this time of tremendous loss.

    One of my fondest memories of Uncle Herb was when he took me up in his plane when I was a young child. He made the experience so exciting. I will miss his warm smile.

    Diana Gossett
    November 4, 2014
    Auburn, WA, US
  • I’ll always remember Herb wanting my mom to go golfing with him when he came to Roseburg! We love and miss you Herb!!!

    Angi Gregory
    November 4, 2014
    Winston, OR, US
  • I’ll miss you Dad. I love you and thanks for my life.

    Terry L Ganz
    November 4, 2014
    Cochise, AZ, US
  • My Grandpa was a great man and will be missed by many. He will always be in my heart. I will think of him every time I hear a jazz band play a tune that we could swing dance to, that was the dance we always danced. Love you Grandpa.

    Tracy Graffis
    November 4, 2014
    Benton, City, WA, US
  • He was a loyal friend, possessor of a sense of fairness, and an exemplar of the work ethic.

    His carriage during a siege of terminal illnesses showed a degree of class to the extreme. His work for the relief of hunger is a fitting legacy.

    Harold J. Ellner, M.D.
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • So sorry Dorthary, If you need anything we are down the street. Thinking of you, Linda

    Linda & Rodney Flett
    November 4, 2014
    W., Richland, WA, US
  • I was adopted by Herb Ganz in 1980. I moved away and went to college, married, lived afar…and not kept in touch, but I wish I would have been nodified of his death.

    Dave Ganz
    November 4, 2014
    Hillsboro, OR, US
  • Have known Herb for 45 years, sad to learn of his passing, he will be in my thoughts.

    Kathy Anderson Schumacher
    November 4, 2014
    W., Richland, WA, US
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