The world was forever changed on January 19th, 1961 when Charles (Chuck) Hermann was born in Rochester, Minn.
He was the third child of four born to Glen and Mary Hermann. Chuck grew up in Rochester, and married his soul mate and high-school sweetheart Pam on April 10th, 1982.
Chuck was a highly respected and decorated member of the Rochester Fire Department for 30 years beginning August 19th, 1981.
He received numerous awards including the Mayor’s Medal of Honor and had reached the rank of Battalion Chief. His loss to the department will be felt by the countless firefighters that he worked with throughout the years. Chuck was an instructor for the National Fire Academy, and was an active advocate of Fire Fighters for Christ which allowed him to serve two of his biggest passions in life: Serving his Lord and Savior and fire-fighting. He was also co-owner of the family auction business, Hermann Auctions, founded in 1972.
Chuck lived his entire life in high gear doing everything “full throttle.” His passion for everything he did in life was contagious and everyone that came into contact with him was impacted in a positive way. Some of Chuck’s great loves in life were his family, church life, pizza and ice cream, learning and teaching. He also loved his work with GreatDeeds and Fire Fighters for Christ ministries.
His greatest passion in life was serving his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and God’s love truly shined through everything that he did. He started every day praying, “Lord, use me today in a mighty way.”
On Thursday, August 4th, 2011, Chuck was welcomed into God’s presence by his family members that had gone there before him: His father and mother, Glen and Mary Hermann, his son Ryan, and daughter Jenna.
Chuck waits in anticipation to welcome to heaven his loved ones that remain: His wife Pam; son John Hermann of Rochester; daughter Tasha McWilliams and son-in-law Jason of Palm Beach, Fla.; daughter Tiffany Kirkpatrick and son-in-law Kincade with grand-daughter Khloe, of Rochester; daughter Shawna Hermann of Minneapolis; daughter Tamires Hermann of Rochester; sister Diane Blakley and husband Bradley and family of Rochester; sister Sharon Hain and husband John and family of Stewartville; sister Bonnie Gunnarson and husband Todd and family of Onalaska, Wis.
Chuck’s prayer for each person here is that you come to know the love of Christ and join him in the eternal victory that he is now enjoying.
All memorials and donations should be made to GreatDeeds.org
who will distribute to KFSI Christian Radio (92.9FM) and Firefighters for Christ.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday August 9, 2011 at Autumn Ridge Church 3611 Salem Road S.W., Rochester. Burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery East.
Visitation will be held 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and 1 hour prior to services on Tuesday, both at Autumn Ridge Church.
Arrangements entrusted to Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Home 5421 Royal Place N.W. Rochester. 507-289-3600 www.ranfranzandvinefh.com