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Frederick J. Hermann, 98

Frederick John Hermann, age 98, of Litchfield, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.

He was born Dec. 3, 1915, in Woodbury County, near Sioux City, IA, the son of Johannes and Musine (Andersen) Hermann. Fred was baptized at the Danish Apostolic Lutheran Church in Sioux City.

Fred’s family moved to a farm northeast of Cokato in March 1930. He was confirmed at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato in 1931.

Fred was united in marriage to Mildred E. Korpela of Cokato Dec. 3, 1943. They were married 18 years, when Mildred passed away March 15, 1962.

Fred farmed near Cokato Lake, and he served in various public offices and local boards of directors.

Fred and Pearl Salmela Hultgren of Minneapolis were married July 6, 1963, at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. They resided in Buffalo, at Lake Francis in French Lake Township, in Cokato, and Litchfield.

In 1997, they moved to Emmaus Place in Litchfield. Fred had been a resident of the Emmanuel Home since December 2012.

He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Pearl; stepdaughter Karen (David) Christofferson; stepdaughter-in-law Judith Hultgren; and their families; and nieces and nephews, Ellen Kelly, Shirley Smolinski, Rodney Hermann, Robert Hermann, Diane Walter, Jeanette Thompson, Olivia Smith, Lenore Bevis, and David Bylund.

In addition to his first wife, Mildred, Fred was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Judith Hammer of Willmar, Emma Bylund of Minneapolis, and Marie Sorensen of Worthington; brothers Henry Hermann of Cokato, and Walter Hermann of Litchfield; stepson Craig Hultgren; nephews John Hermann, Paul Sorensen, and Herman Sorensen; and great-nephew Todd Hermann.

Fred was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato.

He was a Cokato Lodge 134 A.F. and A.M. member for 52 years.

Fred worked for 23 years for the Wright County ASCS office at Buffalo, in the administration of federal farm programs.

After his retirement, he and Pearl spent 17 winters at Alamo, TX, in the Rio Grande Valley.

In his younger years, Fred was an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman. He and Pearl traveled extensively throughout the US and Canada and enjoyed a memorable trip to Denmark.

The funeral service took place Friday, April 25, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato with the Rev. Timothy Wheatley and Chaplain Roger Klinghagen of Emmanuel Home officiating. Music was by Roger Klinghagen and Karen Anderson. Place of interment was the Cokato Finnish Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Scott Hultgren, Christopher Hultgren, Chad Hultgren, Bruce Christofferson, Brian Christofferson, and Christopher Wagner.

Swanson Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato was in charge of arrangements.

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