Edward Herbert knew how to make people laugh, but believed in being a disciplinarian, said his son, Tom Herbert.
“He believed in honesty, hard work and striving to win,” he said. “As a coach, he taught the value of working hard, yet enjoying what you do and having fun along with it.”
Edward Herbert, 95, of Valparaiso and formerly of Gary, died Dec. 9, 2013. He had been a Big 10 football official for 20 years, and a basketball official for 15 years. He was a member of the Indiana Coaches Hall of Fame, the Gary Old Timers Club and the Indiana University Varsity Club.
He was captain of the 1936 state champion Horace Mann football team. In college, he was a member of an all star football team that played against the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Dorothy Herbert and Mary Horbovetz Herbert.
Herbert was proud of his career as a coach and as a Big 10 official. He officiated at two Rose Bowls and an Orange Bowl, he said.
He coached football at Tolleston, Horrace Mann and Lew Wallace high schools and also served as an athletic director there.
He also served several other school districts in either part-time or volunteer coaching capacities.
“He coached until he was almost 80,” his son said. “He even coached as an assistant after he retired.”
Tom Herbert said his father was admired by everyone who knew him.
“He knew almost everyone,” he said. “Everywhere we went, he ran into people he knew.”