John M. Herina



John M. Herina
September 6, 1945 – August 7, 2017

John Marc Herina, 71, of Fairfield, died, Monday August 7, 2017 at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, VA.

Born in New Jersey, September 6, 1945, he was the son of the late John and Marie Pinnix Herina. He was married to the former Peggy Grant who survives.

John proudly served his country during the Vietnam conflict with the United States Navy. While on board of the USS James Monroe (SSBN 622). After his discharge from active duty he became president of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Hyde County Chapter, Hyde County American Legion Post#561 and the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #272.

John never met a stranger, always willing to lend a helping hand especially to a fellow veteran. He was an avid hunter and a commercial fisherman for over twenty years. He enjoyed the outdoors and for over forty years he worked as a tug boat captain most recently with Kirby Corporation.

Surviving in addition to his wife is a son; Charles Herina and wife Jennifer of Swan Quarter; two daughters; Dawn H. Wescoat and husband Elwood, Colleen H. Freye and husband Rob both of Buxton; two stepsons, Scott Langanke and wife Debbie of Fenton, MO, Tim Langanke and wife Irina of Kill Devil Hills; five grandchildren, Adriana Simpson and husband Kevin of Swan Quarter, Billie Herina of Swan Quarter, Jeffrey Wescoat, III, Kai Wescoat and Hobson Freye all of Buxton; six step grandchildren, Sara Conners, Zack Langanke, Anthony Laganke, Thomas Langanke, Kate Hamilton, Colette Langanke; two brothers, Kevin Herina and wife Cindra of Southern Pines and Chris Herina of Orville, CA; two sisters, Marie H. Boden and husband Bob of Coquille, OR and Kathy H. Karthousen of Prosser, WA.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jeffrey Herina and a sister, Patricia H. Young.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m,.Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.