Sherman E. Hermanson


Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2006


  Sherman E. Hermanson

Sherman E. Hermanson

Longtime Kenai resident Sherman E. Hermanson died Monday, May 15, 2006, surrounded by family at his home. He was 84.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant in Kenai. Pastor Jon Walters will officiate.

Mr. Hermanson was born Dec. 16, 1921, in Darlington, Wis. At age 18 he joined the U.S. Army and served from Oct. 15, 1940, during World War II, until he was honorably discharged July 15, 1945. He was the last surviving member of the “Darlington Fighting Irish” group of World War II veterans. While on furlough in Belfast, Ireland, he met his wife of 63 years. After World War II, he returned to Wisconsin and sent for his bride. Mr. Hermanson put himself through college while raising six children and farming.

The family moved to different places until settling in Tomahawk, Wis., which he called “God’s Country.” He continued farming until he became an electrician. He was an electrician for 25 years and worked for John Deere in Dubuque, Iowa, until he retired in the late summer of 1976.

The opportunity came to leave the Wisconsin and Iowa areas and travel to Alaska. He moved to Kenai, where he worked for Udelhoven Oil from 1976 to 1983. He left Alaska and moved to Nevada for a short time, where he worked for Pabco Gybsum until 1985. He soon realized his home was back in Kenai with his children and grandchildren.

“Sherman was a proud man and believed in hard work. He had a strong work ethic that began while growing up on his family farm. He had a strong faith and an exceptional ability to fix anything and everything. We all knew we were loved by his words and blessed by his prayers. I cherish the close relationship my father and I had. I could go to him and discuss any topic. I am going to miss our daily talks, so very much. Thank you dad, having you for a father was our honor,” his daughter said.

He is survived by his spouse, Margaret Hermanson of Kenai; sons, Edwin (Lorrie) Hermanson of Idaho and Wayne (Debbie) Hermanson of Wisconsin; daughters, Beverly (John) Stelling of Wisconsin, Paulette Jourdan of Wisconsin, Geraldine (Lee) Moe of Minnesota and Maureen (Shawn) Brown of Kenai; 19 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and brother, Lester Hermanson of Wisconsin.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to First Choice Home Health/Hospice of the Central Peninsula, P.O. Box 2584, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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