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Truman Hermanson

Sept. 20, 1922-Jan. 19, 2009

Truman Hermanson, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, January 19, 2009 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Truman Hermanson was born to Henry and Olga (Wermager) Hermanson on Sept. 20, 1922 in Fertile, Minn., where his father owned a livery stable. A short time later the family moved to Mahnomen, where his father owned a farm in Marsh Creek Township, and also worked at the Ford garage. Truman attended elementary and high school at Mahnomen, and graduated from there in 1940.

`Truman joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. When asked why he did this he replied, "There will soon be war with Germany or Japan, or both, and that will be far more exciting than farming horses in Mahnomen."

He served in the North Pacific for 2½ years with the 11th Air Force. When the Japanese had been completely removed from the Attu and Kiska Islands, and only then, he was returned to the USA. He was rewarded for his service by being sent to a Miami Beach luxury hotel for three weeks for rest and relaxation. Thank you Uncle Sam. He was then sent to Andrew's Field in Washington, D.C., and worked as a flight engineer and an air crew member, transporting VIPs from the Pentagon around the world. This was very rewarding work. After Japan surrendered, Truman was discharged at Andrew's Field, and returned to Mahnomen.

In 1947, Truman married Marianne Bloomquist. He later moved to Leed, N.D., and was in the automobile business with his father. In 1950 he married Pricilla Halverson in Mabel, Minn. They moved to Colorado Springs in 1953 and remained there for 40 years. During his 40 years in Colorado, Truman worked as a land developer, real estate broker and general contractor. Priscilla worked as a hospital administrator.

In 1993 they both retired and moved to Mabel, Priscilla's hometown. Priscilla passed away in 1998, after a long illness. Truman later moved to Detroit Lakes and had spent the last few months at Emmanuel Nursing Home.

Truman belonged to the Al Kaly Shrine, the Masons, 11th Air Force Association, the VFW and American Legion.

Surviving Truman are his sister, Mary Lou Weeks of Scotts Valley, Calif., and a great number of nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Priscilla; and brothers Francis, Alton, Kenneth and Wallace.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home in Mahnomen. An online guestbook is available at