Wayne Hermansen
February 11, 2024

On February 11, 2024, our lord called Wayne Arthur Hermansen home. Wayne was surrounded by his loving family during his final days and passed peacefully at home following a courageous cancer battle.

Wayne was born in Minneapolis on May 4th, 1940, to Arthur and Millie (Boyer) Hermansen. The oldest of 9 children, Wayne grew up in a big family and took on the role of the oldest big brother.

After graduating from Washburn High School in 1959, Wayne enlisted in the Coast Guard and proudly served our country for 4 years until 1963.

After his time in the service, Wayne worked as a draftsman, steel estimator and then a steels salesman towards the end of his career.

Wayne met the love of his life, Jeanette (Florek) Hermansen in February 1964 and they were immediately smitten with each other and married 8 months later October 17th, 1964. They welcomed their first son Jason in 1970 followed by Michael in 1972. They settled down in Delano, MN in 1973 where they resided for 33 years.

In 2006 they moved to Buffalo to be closer to their grandchildren. While in Buffalo, Wayne and Jeanette were proud members of the St. Francis Xavier Church, where Wayne was a part of the church choir and a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

Anyone who knew Wayne knew how much of a craftsman he was and how much he loved woodworking. Wayne used to make wood toys at Erv’s Toy Shop, which were then donated to the community. He also loved to work on wood models of ships especially war ships.

Wayne is survived and will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 59 years Jeanette, his sons Jason and Michael, daughters-in-law Kim and Holly, granddaughters Shelby, Sydney, and Sierra, siblings Al (Mary), Arnie, Debbie (Tom), Denny (Karen), Jean (Tim), Karen (Eddie), Pat, and Sandra (Paul), plus many other cousins, nephews, nieces, and dear friends.

Wayne is preceded in death by his mother and father (Arthur and Mille).

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 23, 2024, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown, Minnesota.  Gathering of family and friends will be held in the church on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the Mass.  Inurnment will be in the church cemetery immediately following the Mass.

The family would like to extend a huge thank you to Wayne’s medical family; the staff at centra care oncology, and St. Croix Hospice.

We love you Wayne and we hope you are singing your heart out in heaven, watching Gunsmoke, and eating a chocolate chip cookie.

A recording of the Mass is available through the link provided below: