Karl Hermanson, 1970-2017
Karl R. Hermanson, 46, of Oregon, Wisconsin, was called to his heavenly home on Monday, May 8, 2017, following complications from a stroke.
He was born Oct. 11, 1970, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, to Ross and Elizabeth (Otto) Hermanson, and became a child of God through baptism on Nov. 1, 1970. In 1974 his family settled in Wells, where Karl attended school and graduated from Wells-Easton High School in 1989. He received an Associate of Arts degree from Bethany Lutheran College in 1991, and continued with a bachelor’s degree from Mankato State University in 1993. Karl then enrolled in Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary and was ordained as a minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod at Lime Creek Lutheran Church in rural Lake Mills in 2001. He served the Northwood-Lake Mills parish until 2009, when he was called to shepherd the congregation at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oregon, Wisconsin. During his ministry in Oregon, Karl volunteered as a spiritual counselor for U.S. military veterans at DryHootch in Madison, Wisconsin.
He was united in marriage to Rachel Olson on June 28, 1998. They welcomed their son, Joel, on Aug. 22, 2004.
Karl is survived by his wife, Rachel; son, Joel; parents Ross and Elizabeth; sister, Maren (Kevin) Ramaekers; nephew, Shane; brothers Erik (Kristen) Hermanson; and nephews Jake, Zak and Peter Hermanson, and Luther Hermanson; sisters-in-law Susan (Timothy) Madson; and niece, Cori (Jason) Boxrud, and Sarah (Christopher) Allen; nephews Matthew and Daniel; father- and mother-in-law Ralph and Marilyn Olson; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Karl was preceded in death by his grandparents, the Rev. Milton H. A. and Marjorie Otto, and Lawrence and Dorothy Hermanson; and uncle, Gene Hermanson.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 143 Washington St., in Oregon, Wisconsin. Visitation will be at 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Gunderson Oregon Funeral and Cremation Care, 1150 Park St., in Oregon, Wisconsin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oregon, Wisconsin; Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Mankato; DryHootch in Madison, Wisconsin; or Lutheran Military Support Group in Woodbridge, Virginia. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.