CARL W. HERMANSONCarl W. Hermanson, 93 passed away Wednesday Sept. 18, 2013
Carl W. Hermanson, 93 passed away Wednesday Sept. 18, 2013 at St Luke’s Hospital.
He was born Sept. 14, 1920 in Tamarack, Minnesota to Carl Gust and Josephine (Maki) Hermanson.
He was a dedicated brother, husband, and father and friend. Like many of his age, Carl’s personality and character were shaped by his experiences in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Oregon and Minnesota. He was a “Carl” of all trades being able to troubleshoot and repair nearly anything. He owned and operated service stations, worked at automobile dealerships and was a master mechanic specializing over the years in Cadillacs. Carl was also a master storyteller, some of which he had written down. During his long life there were few things he was not willing to try, everything from boxing when he was young, hauling trailers in the west, to skydiving at 85, and night watchman at 88. In 1988 he and his wife Jeanne moved to Lake Elsinore California to be with his California family, moving back to Duluth in 2008.
Carl was preceded in death by his wives, Betty in 1968 and Jeanne in 2006; a daughter Carla Ball; son-in-law, Bruce Ball; parents; and three sisters.
He is survived by his children, Kathleen Stevens of Duluth, Bill (Karen) Hermanson of Grantham, N.H., formerly of Knife River, Judy Haines of Alisa Viejo, Calif., Allen Pennington, of Union City Tenn., and Beth Gibson, of Arroyo Grande Calif.; 15 grandchildren, Gene, Ric, Rachel, Tom, Elizabeth, Carl, Christine, Tim, Dianne, Joyanne, Russell, Stacy, Rhonda, Jennifer, and Bobby; 23 great grand children, and several great great grandchildren; three sisters, Johanna Firman, Hilda Swanson, and Heenie (John) Scherle; many other friends and relatives in Minnesota and California.
If Carl considered you a friend there was no limit to what he would do for you. Carl was able to live independently at Greysolon Plaza, as he had always lived until a few days before he passed away.
GATHERING OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS: 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. memorial service Saturday, Oct. 5, in the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 4100 Grand Avenue, Duluth.