Hermann Daiber

July 19, 1939 ~ August 28, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old


Hermann Daiber, 84, of Whitsett, North Carolina, became reunited with his wife of 57 years, Irmgard H. Daiber, on August 28, 2023. Hermann was born in Germany to Hermann and Johanna (Schumacher) Daiber. Newly wed in 1965, Hermann and Irmgard moved to the United States. Only to be in the United States for a year for business and then to return to Germany, life had another plan. Hermann and Irmgard stayed in the United States and started their family.

Hermann was described as a mischievous, only child. He was highly inquisitive and took apart toy cars to see how they worked and if he could put them back together again. In his later years, Hermann's curiosity and intellect made him a successful textile engineer.

After graduating from technical school in Germany, Hermann was asked to set up machinery for the German company Mayer in New York City. A year later, his work in textiles moved him and Irmgard to Clarksville, Georgia where their first child Andreas was born in 1967. Their second child Ursula was born in 1970. Shortly after, Hermann's career moved the family to Anderson and Aiken, South Carolina, and then to Litchfield, Connecticut in 1983. Working in many capacities in the textile world, Hermann eventually landed in Burlington, North Carolina, and became the Vice President of Manufacturing for Flynt Amtex, Inc. where he worked for close to 20 years until his retirement in 2006. During this time, Hermann received two patents for his inventions in the textile industry.

Hermann had a passion for airplanes, foreign cars and motorcycles. An avid private pilot, Hermann spent time away from work at the airport, flying, tinkering on his plane, and sharing stories with his pilot friends. He also enjoyed buying cars, fixing them mechanically and then selling them for a profit. At one point while living in Aiken, there were two Mercedes, two BMWs, two Porsches and one VW minibus in the Daiber's driveway. Everyone in the neighborhood thought Hermann received a serious promotion. Needless to say, four of the vehicles were sold shortly thereafter.

Hermann was an exemplary provider to his family. He was a self-made man and taught his children the value of the dollar. The idiom, "Money doesn't grow on trees," was spoken often. He instilled in them at a young age that working hard and enjoying the work you do would bring great rewards. But, he reminded his children, those great rewards needed to be invested, placed in savings accounts and in mutual funds for the retirement years. They were not meant to be squandered away.

When Irmgard died in October 2022, Hermann lost the love and meaning of his life. After her passing, he continued to love and cherish his beloved by purchasing flowers weekly and placing them next to her photo and urn on the mantel. He missed her and wanted so terribly to be with her once again. He had mentioned to his children frequently that he was ready to go. He wanted to be with his wife again.

On August 27, when the AuthoraCare Hospice nurse arrived to the home, Hermann told her, "I want to see my wife." After she left the room, he said, "If we can go together." Andreas and Ursula knew he was already talking to his wife. He was more than halfway there. During the night, Hermann was transferred from his home to the AuthoraCare Hospice Home in Burlington. Andreas went with him. The last words that Hermann said as he was wheeled into the Hospice Home was, "Look at all the smiling faces." Clearly, he was talking about the wonderfully compassionate and caring Hospice staff. However, perhaps Hermann was also seeing all the smiling faces welcoming him home to Heaven. Within an hour of being at the Hospice Home, Hermann was reunited with his wife.

Hermann and Irmgard's reunion is one of celebration. The love that they had for one another was beyond this world. No one but the two of them needed to understand it. However, through their nearing deaths, it was plainly seen by any witness. Life is to be celebrated, but in this instance so is death. Two lives, very well lived, were united again as one with the Creator. Hallelujah.

Predeceased by his wife Irmgard Daiber on October 10, 2022, Hermann is survived by his son Andreas Daiber, of Whitsett; his daughter Ursula Daiber and grandson Cameron Natusch, both of Connecticut; his sister in-law Brigitte Neumann and her adult children and extended families in Germany; and his cousin Traude Konzelmann and her adult children and extended families in Germany.

At Hermann's request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. Instead, in Hermann's honor, spend extra time with your loved ones and let them know and feel how much they are appreciated and loved.

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