Kermit Earl Gustaf Erickson, age 101, of Dassel, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, at his home in Dassel Township.
He was born Dec. 25, 1914, at his home in Dassel, to E. Gust and Sarah (Benson) Erickson. Kermit was the youngest of two children.
When he was 5, his father sold their home to his nephew, Philip Anderson (Kenny Anderson’s father) and moved to the current farm in Dassel Township, where Kermit lived the majority of his life.
Kermit attended Dassel School and graduated from Dassel High School in 1933. He then farmed with his dad and took care of his parents until he was drafted by the army in 1942.
He served stateside in Texas, Louisiana, and California until he was sent overseas to England and France, where he was a medic during World War II. He was discharged from the army in 1946.
After the war he returned to dairy farming in Dassel.
Kermit started dating Charlotte Sill in September 1954, and they were married Feb. 5, 1955, at Fourth Baptist Church in Minneapolis. The couple made Dassel their home, where Kermit continued farming until 1958, when they moved to Edina.
While living in Edina, Kermit was the caretaker of the Adath Yeshurun Cemetery for 14 years. He later returned to the Dassel farm in 1972, where he continued to raise a few animals, rent the fields, and was employed by Midwest Hatchery until he retired at the age of 85.
Kermit also spent many years as the superintendent of the Dassel Cemetery.
He lived at the farm until Charlotte’s death in October 2014. Kermit then made his home in Hutchinson, where he lived with his oldest daughter, Diane and her family. He enjoyed visits to the farm during the summer and other holiday occasions.
An active member of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Dassel for 88 years, Kermit served as a deacon, taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and served on countless committees. During his time in Edina, he was a member of Edina Baptist Church (now relocated to Eden Prairie and known as Grace Baptist Church) where he was also a deacon, served on the Board of Trustees, taught Sunday school, and sang in the choir.
Kermit loved the Lord with all his heart and served the Lord all his years. Just like his wife, Charlotte, he had a heart for missions.
A loyal and caring son to his mom and dad, a devoted and loving husband to Charlotte, and a doting father to his four daughters, Kermit enjoyed conversing and singing in Swedish, playing music on his hands, playing the harmonica, reading his Bible, and reading anything having to do with history.
He loved hot weather, working outside, camping, and fishing. Kermit used to say that the perfect temperature was 100 degrees in the shade. He also enjoyed “coffee time” each day, and visiting with friends and family.
Kermit is survived by his four children: Diane (Charles) Freitag of Hutchinson; Karen (Mike) Powell of Sugar Land, TX; Janet (Kent) Scharmer of Hector; and Becky (Jim) Decker of Green Bay, WI; and 12 grandchildren: Christine Huebener, Jonathan (Brenda) Huebener, Sarah Huebener, Joshua Huebener, Aaron (Rachel) Powell, Staci (Jonathan) Smith, Matthew (Hannah) Powell, Nathan (Kara) Scharmer, Karissa (Neal) Eaton, Cassie Scharmer (fiancé, Brent Zuhlsdorf), Andy Decker, and Bridget Decker;
He is further survived by one step-grandson, six great-grandchildren; six step-great- grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren, who all loved him dearly.
In addition to his wife, Charlotte, Kermit was preceded in death by his parents, E. Gus and Sarah Erickson; one sister, Evelyn Johnson; one nephew, Wendell Johnson; one granddaughter, Catherine Huebener; and two great-grandsons, Gavin and Bennett Scharmer.
A funeral service took place Saturday, Oct. 29 at noon at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. Interment was at the Dassel Cemetery following the funeral service.
There was a time to gather with the family prior to the memorial service, from 11 a.m. until noon, at the church.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the memorial arrangements.