Herman Albin ChallstromHerman Challstrom, 82, of Proctor, died Dec. 8.
Herman Challstrom, 82, of Proctor, died Dec. 8 at Essentia St. Mary's Hospital in his daughter and son-in-law arms after suffering a massive cranial bleed from a fall.
Herman was born in Milwaukee, Wis., in June of 1931 to Albin and Clara Challstrom. He was raised on a farm outside of Crandon, Wis.
Herman started work at age 16 at Redwing Knitting Mill as a mechanic. This became his long term career and eventually worked for Garon Knitting Mill in Duluth as knitwear designer, mechanic and computer programming. His design skills there were well known. In that capacity, he did the annual Christmas stocking design for the White House. He also designed the first ski mask in America. He worked at Garons for 30 years. He was an accomplished pastel and oil painter.
Herman served honorably in the Army as a refrigeration specialist and was stationed in France shortly before the end of the Korean War. On the GI bill Herman attended Dunwoody Institute studying electronics and his final project won first place in the state science fair which resulted in a job offer from Honeywell Research.
Herman had a great curiosity about things, had many hobbies and was very creative. He had a lifelong fascination with electronics, science and technology and spent much time with his children and friends doing experiments and building things in his very complete basement electronics shop. In later life he restored old radios. He loved to play games, and was a regular member of the Proctor and West Duluth Cribbage Clubs. He was also a lifelong fisherman. Fishing involved the whole family all stuffed into a little row boat and fishing on shore at the family cabin at Hunter Lake.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Wilma (Sherman); son Daniel (Melanie) and daughter, Susan (Dr. Geoffrey) Bennett; three grandchildren: Donald Challstrom, Paavo and Petteri Bennett; sister Marion (Richard) Lindstrom; and 11 nieces and nephews.
He was a shy man, but balanced by his wife and soulmate Wilma, has many friends and will be missed by all.
A special thank you to Patti Myre, Crissy Thiry and Tracey Gellatly.
VISITATION: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Funeral Service in Bell Brothers Funeral Home, 601 N. 56th Ave. W. Duluth on Saturday Dec. 14. Military Honors accorded by the Duluth Honor Guard. Luncheon held at the Proctor Community Center at noon. He will be buried in the family plot at Faith Lutheran Church cemetery in Sturgeon Lake, Minn. in the Spring.
To leave a memory of Herman or words of support for the family please visit www.bellbrothersfuneralhome.com