Hermann Blaser, 91, of Cumberland died Thursday, June 28, 2012 at his home.
Hermann was born on August 11, 1920 to Rose and Christian Blaser in Weisenburg, Switzerland in the Bernese Oberland. He was born at the Altepost, a hotel operated by his mother. His father was an attorney. His parents later moved to the city of Thun where he attended school. Hermann's fondest early childhood memories were biking and hiking in that region with his brothers, Chris and Willy. He also loved to visit and stay with his relatives in the village of Wimmis.
Upon completion of his secondary studies, he attended and graduated from Business College. The Swiss ski troops were a part of his government mandated military service. While on patrol, along the Italian border, Hermann was a part of the ski troop that witnessed the capture of Mussolini as he tried to flee into the Alps. For a short time he worked for the Swiss Department of International Revenue, a position arranged by his cousin, Kurt Kradolfer, who served as the head of the department of finance.
Hermann came to the USA in 1947 and lived the Cumberland area. He was sponsored by his half-brother, John Gurtner. He worked for John at the Besslerton Cheese Factory and later at the Comstock Crystal Lake factory. In 1959, Hermann purchased the Crystal Lake Cheese factory which he operated until its sale in January 1991. He developed patents on several of specialty cheeses that are still sold under the Blaser label.
Hermann was married to Lida Burton on October 21, 1967. Hermann was an avid hunter and gardener but his greatest passion was the Arabian horse. His highest accolades were the breeding of the 1984 U.S. Futurity Champion, 1985 Canadian National Champion, and 1986 Scottsdale Supreme Champion Stallion -L.H. Garcia. Garcia was purchased by an Arabian horse breeder from Brazil in 1986. Hermann and Lida were actively involved in the Arabian industry throughout their married lives. The legacy of champion horses continued with longtime friends and partners Larry and Shelley Jerome. Hermann loved his farm, his friends and his family. Although he had no children, he loved his brothers and their families and his numerous friends. Hermann will be remembered for his strong will and steadfast values, his philanthropy, kindness, his flair, charm and attention to detail. He loved his Swiss heritage, but was equally proud to be a U.S. citizen.
Lida passed away on June 9, 2005. He is survived by nieces, nephews and his "adopted" family. Hermann was "one of a kind."
Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, July 22, 2012 at First United Methodist Church, Barron, WI with the Rev. Mary Anne Conklin officiating.
Skinner Funeral Home of Cumberland is serving the family.