Mondis Larry Herrmann was born September 28, 1938 to Dan and Maud Herrmann in Chandler, Oklahoma. Mondis was the youngest of 12 children and definitely the most spoiled. He peacefully left this world July 6, 2019 at his home in Grand Junction, Colorado. He left behind his loving family and many cherished memories.
Mondis attended the little Victor Elementary School where his first grade teacher also happened to be his first cousin. She was forced to flunk him after he spent most of his class time sharpening his pencil and disposing of trash in the trash can. As he would pass by, each of the girls’ hands would shoot up, “Teacher! Mondis kissed me!” He made sure never to leave any of them out. Mondis graduated from the Kendrick High School. He told his kids he placed third in his class and would then go on to say there were only three graduates that year.
During his electrical apprenticeship in 1962, Mondis’s instructor did not believe he was smart because he never asked questions and always spoke in a slow manner. However, at the final testing he and another student tied for highest score and he went on to make the electrical trade his career, retiring in 2000.
Mondis was baptized into the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn on March 3, 1956. He was ordained an Elder on August 5, 1975. The church and the brethren were his life. He found great joy in the fellowship of his brethren, hearing about miracles, and playing music. Not one to talk much, he and his closest friends could sit in silence for hours and have the best visit ever.
n 1959, he met a girl he just couldn’t resist named Elnore at a young kids singing in Parkland, Oklahoma. After much fasting and praying, he married ‘Lenora’ Lewis a mere 2 months later. A lifetime of love and joy was spent with his family checking the cows, heading to the hills for a hunting and camping trip, or going on a spontaneous adventure. Together they had 6 children, 21 grandchildren, and 38 great grandchildren.