Joseph J. Herr Jr., co-founder of West-Herr Ford of Hamburg and owner-operator of the former H.B.J. Auto Wash in Hamburg, died Monday (Sept. 20, 1999) in the Hospice unit of Sisters Hospital after a brief illness. He was 74.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a seaman first class on the SS Nathan S. Davis in the Asiatic-Pacific campaigns.
A longtime resident of Hamburg, he co-founded West-Herr Ford in a tent on Clark Street in 1950 with his late brother-in-law, Harold West. Herr was a partner until 1973 and remained active in the business, which moved to 5025 Camp Road in 1966, until recently.
Born in Buffalo, Herr was a graduate of Amherst Central High School and served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946. He held several military decorations, including the World War II Victory Medal.
He was a 48-year member and past commander of Hamburg Post 527, American Legion, and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Hamburg and Hamburg Council 2220, Knights of Columbus.
He was an avid bowler and loved baseball, coaching both his son Joseph J. III and later his grandson, Joseph Patrick Herr, in the Hamburg Junior Baseball League.
His wife of 49 years, Marjorie Borgmann Herr, died in 1998.
Survivors include two sons, Robert of Eden and Joseph III of Angola; two daughters, Donna of West Seneca and Peggy Ann of Hamburg; two sisters, Joan Powers of Clearwater, Fla., and Bernice Cartwright of Moyock, N.C.; two brothers, Donald of Hamburg and Richard of Snyder; and his grandson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 66 E. Main St., Hamburg. Burial will be in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery.