Rev. Karl R. Hermanson
Rev. Karl R. Hermanson, 46, Oregon, Wis., was called to his heavenly home Monday, May 8, 2017, following complications from a stroke. A memorial service will be held at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 143 Washington St., Oregon, Wis., at 11 a.m., Monday, May 15. Visitation will be at Gunderson Oregon Funeral and Cremation Care, 1150 Park St., Oregon, Wis., from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, May 14. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Oregon, Wis.; Evangelical Lutheran Synod, Mankato, Minn.; DryHootch, Madison, Wis.; or Lutheran Military Support Grou, Woodbridge, Va. Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Care, Oregon, Wis., was in charge of arrangements.
Karl Hermanson was born Oct. 11, 1970, in Stevens Point, Wis., to Ross and Elizabeth (Otto) Hermanson, and became a child of God through baptism Nov. 1, 1970.
In 1974, his family settled in Wells, Minn., 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 B=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, 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, Oregon, Wis.
During his ministry in Oregon, Karl also volunteered as a spiritual counselor for U.S. military veterans at DryHootch in Madison, Wis.
He was united in marriage to Rachel Olson, June 28, 1998. They welcomed their son, Joel, Aug. 22, 2004.
Karl is survived by his wife, Rachel; son, Joel; parents, Ross and Elizabeth; sister, Maren (Kevin) Ramaekers, and her son, Shane; brothers: Erik (Kristen) Hermanson, and his sons, Jake, Zak, Peter Hermanson; and Luther Hermanson; sisters-in-law: Susan (Timothy) Madson, and her daughter, Cori (Jason) Boxrud; and Sarah (Christopher) Allen, and her sons, 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.