Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Thomas Kermit Hermansen, 79, of Cassville, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at Cassville.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18 at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Kronborg. Rev. Chris Kester Beyer will officiate. Interment will be in the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery. Viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora.

Thomas Kermit Hermansen, the son of Thomas Sigvardt and Clara Marie (Rasmussen) Hermansen, was born in Howard County, Neb., on Nov. 25, 1931, and passed away at Cassville, Missouri, on Aug. 13, 2011, at the age of 79.

Kermit grew up in Texas and Nebraska. He graduated from Marquette High School in 1949. Following his graduation, he served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1952-1956. Following his discharge, he attended Grandview College in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kermit was united in marriage to Charlene Ann Ross on June 30, 1957, at Des Moines, Iowa. After their marriage, they moved to Colorado where he attended Trinidad College where he earned his nursing degree. Kermit and Charlene later owned and operated various businesses including a diner, nursing homes, farms, grocery store and a café in various states in the Midwest.

He enjoyed life on the farm, traveling and his family and friends.

Kermit was a life member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Rex Hermansen; and sisters, Selma Sorensen, Alpha Christensen and Shirley Andersen.

Those who remain to cherish his memory are his wife, Charlene Hermansen, of Cassville; sons, Lance (Scherry) Hermansen, of Grand Island, Wade (Christy) Hermansen, of Cassville, and James (Diane) Oldham, of Monett; daughters, Shelley Hermansen Crowther, of Pierce City, Terri Hermansen and David George, of Pierce City, and Tracie (Rick) Hermansen Chochon, of Columbus; grandchildren, Kristen Hermansen-Ryan, Jessica Brondel, Allyn Komorowski, Thomas Hermansen, Leslie Oldham, Clint Crowther, Lacy Crowther, Colt Crowther, Shane George, Hannah George, Bryan Chochon, David Chochon, Aaron Chochon, Christopher Chochon, Eric Chochon, Clara Hermansen, Andrew Hermansen and Olivia Hermansen; 7 great-grandchildren; brother, Leif Hermansen; sister, Barbara Handrup; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at