March 10, 1929-Feb. 26, 2008
Former White Earth Lake resident Henry J. "Jim" Sherman, 78, passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 in Coronado, Calif.
Henry James Sherman was born March 10, 1929 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Henry Alvord Sherman and Margaret (Schermerhorn) Sherman, the eldest of three children.
Jim graduated from Central High School, Tulsa, in 1947 and then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), graduating in 1951 with a degree in geology. He then served in the U.S. Navy from 1954-57, attending OTC in Rhode Island and Georgia, and served as a supply officer on the U.S.S. League Island and at N.A.S. North Island.
Jim married Mary "Bette" Hancock on Dec. 14, 1957 in Chula Vista, Calif., and returned to Tulsa to work as a petroleum geologist. He was vice president of Schermerhorn Oil Corporation and later became a real estate investor. He was a grandson of J.B. Schermerhorn, who owned and operated several large farms in Mahnomen County. He spent his summers at White Earth Lake where he enjoyed visiting friends, driving his boats, and participating in the White Earth Lake Association.
A member of the American Society of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Exploration Geologists, and an alumnus of MIT, Jim will be fondly remembered by his many Tulsa, Minnesota, university and Navy friends, with whom he kept in touch throughout his life.
Bette and Jim moved to Coronado, Calif., in 1997 to enjoy sun-filled retirement years.
Surviving Jim are his wife of 50 years, Bette; his children Sharon, Barbara, Leslie and William; four grandchildren; his brother William and sister Anne; and his stepmother, Mary Jane.
Jim's remains will be interred in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at 9 a.m. Friday, March 14. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to a charity of the donor's choice.