Walter F. Hermerding of Crosslake, a proud Air Force veteran and adored father and grandpa, passed away at his home on Monday, May 11, 2020. He was 90.
Walter was born on April 24, 1930 in Redwood Falls, MN., the son of Walter and Matilda Hermerding. He was raised in Howard Lake.
When he was 17, Walter began his 21-year service to his country by enlisting in the United States Air Force. During the Korean War, he bravely fought on behalf of the United Nation forces.
He also served during the Vietnam War. In 1968, Walt retired as a Chief Master Sergeant.
While stationed at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., Walter met and fell in love with Carolyn Jeremias, a naval secretary. During their time in the military, they were stationed in Japan, and then numerous locations around the United States.
After he retired from the Air Force, Walter and Carolyn returned to Minnesota. After 20 years of federal service, Walter retired as the United States Corps of Engineers supervisor of the Crosslake Dam.
Walter was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn; parents Walter and Matilda; sister Delores; and brothers Donald and John.
He is survived by his son David; daughter-in-law Kathleen Maloney Hermerding; daughter Mary Haugen and her husband (and Walt’s hunting buddy) Rich; grandchildren Joshua and his partner Amy Tran; Benjamin; Maya and fiancé Joseph Wells; Brendan; Mariko; and Malia; brother Leland Hermerding; and sister Darlene (Don) Dammann.
Walter was laid to rest at the Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley on Friday, May 15, 2020. Because of the health concerns associated with the coronavirus, services were limited to immediate family at the gt.
Memorials were given to the Brainerd American Legion Post 255, recognizing the bravery of Walter and the other women and men of all branches of the armed forces, or the Crosslake Historical Society.