Date of Birth March 8, 1929
Date Deceased February 10, 2021
Hometown Hammondsport
Home State N.Y.


HAMMONDSPORT-Herman R. Heytmeijer, 91, passed away Wednesday (Feb. 10, 2021) at the Taylor Health Center in Bath.

Born on March 8, 1929 in Zeist, the Netherlands, he was the son of Herman and Reintje (Vlijn) Heytmmeijer.

Herman graduated from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

He emigrated to the United States in 1956 and went to work for Westinghouse in Bloomfield, N.J. where he developed several patents. In 1987 he moved to Hammondsport, N.Y. and went to work with Phillips Lighting in Bath, N.Y.

Herman married Barbara Coffin in 1961; they celebrated 59 years of marriage on Dec. 2, 2020.

He is survived by his wife, Barb; daughter, Susanne Schmidt; granddaughter, Kyle; grandson, Chris; daughter, Jeanne (Porter) Dunn; grandson, Chase; granddaughter, Annika; his sister, Ingrid van Velzen; nephew, Eric; niece; Mireille; their children, Elle, Sofie, Daan and Fabian; his cousins, “Bink”, “Willy”, Rita (Bill) Petrocine; their children, Kirsten, Kyle and Sara, Ken (Kim) van Lecuwen; their children, Katie and James; Kaija (Josh) Johnston; their children, Natalie and Bryce; and Cole Dinse.

He is predeceased by his son-in-law, Brian Schmidt; his brother-in-law, Arle van Velzen; his cousins, Meip and Jake van Cuilenburg and Kitty (Tom) Dinse.

Herman was an avid reader of World History; a long time member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Glenwood Club. He loved boating on Keuka Lake with family and friends and walking his dog, “Ruby.”

There will be no calling hours. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Donations in Herman’s name may be made to the Finger Lakes SPCA, 72 Cameron St., Bath, N.Y. 14810.

The La Marche Funeral Home, 35 Main St., Hammondsport is honored to assist Herman’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Herman are welcomed on the Facebook page of Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc.

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2 Responses

  1. Barb,

    Phil and I are very sorry to hear about Herm. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Wendy, and Phil

  2. To Barb and family;
    We send our sincere condolences to you upon the passing of Herman. Whenever we walked along Shethar St we would look for Herman sitting on the porch and often we’d stop for a chat. We will certainly miss seeing him there. May God bless your good memories of times together.

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