Oscar R. Hermanson
1941, 2765, Ft. Meade, South Dakota Member
Oscar R. Hermanson, 83, Rapid City, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
He was born September 17, 1922, to Lewis and Marie Hermanson on a farm near Brookings, South Dakota. In 1940 he left the farm and joined the CCC's in the Black Hills. In 1942 he enlisted in the Navy and was on a ship that mainly sailed the Southern Pacific, but he sailed around the world twice in the southern hemisphere during WWII. His rank was Gunner's Mate 3/C. He was discharged in Chicago in 1946 and returned to Rapid City, where he joined his brother Melvin in partnership in Hermanson's Food Market.
On Oct. 14, 1949, he married Vivian Knudson at Trinity Lutheran Church, where they were members. They had three children, Charla, Mike and Larry. He loved his time at the Harney baseball fields with his sons. Vivian died of cancer in 1980.
In Sept. of 1987 Oscar married Lorraine Thompson of Rapid City. They were married at the Chapel in the Hills Church by his son, Pastor Mike Hermanson.
Oscar retired from Hermanson's Food Market in 1984. He and Lorraine enjoyed their retirement years together doing yard work, dancing at the VFW and Moose Clubs, doing a bit of traveling, socializing with friends and relatives, attending grandchildren's sporting events and playing cards with their grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Lorraine; daughter, Charla (Jim) Ringenberg of Fort Collins, CO; sons, Michael (Nikki) Hermanson of Lead, SD, and Larry (Lisa) Hermanson of Rapid City; brothers, Melvin of Rapid City and Sun City, AZ, and Lewis (Ardelle) of Loveland, CO; sisters, Olive Bebensee of Brookings, SD, Myrtle Odegaard of Omaha, NE, and Marian (Warren) Haugen of Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Luke, Erik, Paul, Jenna and John of Fort Collins, CO, Thomas and Kelsey of Lead, S.D., and Sam and Lexi of Rapid City. He also has two stepsons, Judd (Linda) Thompson of Rapid City and Jeff Thompson of Rapid City, and two stepdaughters, Jane (Dennis Grosshans) Thompson of Rapid City and Judy (Steve) Blauer of Gillette, WY, as well as 4 step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.
Services will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 14th, at the Osheim-Catron Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Hermanson officiating. Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Black Hills National Cemetery.
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