Herman Hermansen

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Lifelong Alaskan Herman Randolph Hermansen, 89, died Nov. 21, 2009, of natural causes at the Alaska Native Medical Center.

Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway. A funeral will be at noon Saturday at the Kenai Bible Church in Old Town Kenai. Burial will follow the service at the Kenai City Cemetery in Kenai. A reception will be after the service at the American Legion. Food will be provided but potluck dishes are welcome.

Herman was born Aug. 1, 1920, in the village of Kenai. As a young man, he enjoyed working his traplines, hunting, dog mushing and fishing the Kenai.

He married Dorothy Petterson, also of Kenai, in 1945. They moved to their Cohoe homestead in 1956 and raised a family of six daughters.

Herman, a commercial setnetter, was a member of Cook Inlet Aquaculture, Kenai Peninsula Fisherman's Association, Alaska Labor Union Local 341 and the Kasilof Historical Society. He worked tirelessly to promote the commercial fishing industry, contributing financially and politically to this lifestyle that he loved and respected.

He contributed to the community in his younger years, including caring and providing for the elders, and building and supporting the expanding school programs on the Peninsula. He worked construction on many of the industries that still provide employment to the district. He taught generations of family and friends to fish, hunt, trap and care for their harvest.

He enjoyed traveling, summer gatherings at his beach cabin, visiting family and friends and playing a mean game of pinochle and cribbage. Herman was a great storyteller, recalling with humor the "good old pioneering days" of his youth. He also enjoyed meeting and sharing life stories with everyone.

His family wrote: "A father is considered the source of strength in a family and he was ours. His proud Alaskan spirit will be missed."

He was preceded in death by his grandchild, Jasmine.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy of Cohoe; daughters, Linda, Karen, Dorothy Lou, Susan, Theadora (Terry) and Helen Randi; grandchildren, Ragan, Miranda and Kurt; sons-in-law, John, Walt, Ed and Doug; sister, Mary; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made in memory of Herman to your local .

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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5839 Kenai Spur Hwy.
Kenai, AK 99611
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Published in Anchorage Daily News from Nov. 25 to Nov. 26, 2009
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