Veteran services

96-year-old WWII veteran named hometown hero for decades of service

SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) — A 96-year-old Sherman was named a hometown hero Thursday afternoon for his long list of service to his country and community.

But, Ray Ferman does not consider himself a hero.

“Those guys in the trenches, the guys who lost their lives, the guys who got hurt, those are the real heroes,” Ferman said. “I don’t want to pretend to be a hero. I have been very lucky.”

However, everyone around him sees things a little differently.

“He’s kind and caring, and honest as the day is long,” said Rodger Ferman, Ray’s son. “That’s kind of what makes him our hero.”

Ferman served in the US Air Force from 1943 to 1963, fighting in World War II and seeing action in Korea.

But he didn’t stop there.

“Fortunately, I was able to serve my country, and when I came back, I was blessed with good health and was able to serve my community,” Ferman said.

When he returned to Sherman after fighting for his country, he volunteered with the senior center and helped deliver for Meals on Wheels.

At 96, he still packs food for the organization.

“Servant heart, as it says, Jesus was a king, but he came to serve, and so Ray embodies that, and he still serves now,” said Rayce Guess, founder of Hometown Heroes. “What more can you say about it? »

For Ferman, serving is just in his nature.

“You have to pull your share of the load, and there are a lot of people in worse condition than me if that’s possible,” Ferman said.

And that’s exactly what makes him a local hero.

“All around good guy,” said Richard Ferman, Ray’s son. “We couldn’t have asked for a better father, a better role model than what we had.”

If you think you know someone who is a local hero, you can nominate them by contacting the founder, Rayce Guess, on Facebook or emailing him at [email protected]

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