Herman R. Flaskerud, 86, of Decorah, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at home after a short battle with cancer. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at First Lutheran Church in Decorah, with Rev. Chad Huebner officiating. Visitation is from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah, and Friday beginning at 10 a.m. one hour before the service, at First Lutheran Church.
Herman Robert Flaskerud was born June 20, 1927, at Calmar, the son of Julius and Anna (Flaskerud) Flaskerud. He was baptized and confirmed at Calmar Lutheran Church. He graduated from Calmar High School with the class of 1945. After enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1946, he was on a ship overseas when Japan surrendered, so served until 1948 with the Army of Occupation in Japan. Herman married Carolyn Brickner Oct. 18, 1952, at First United Methodist Church, Decorah. They farmed for the Fillmore County Nursery for a short time, but soon moved back to Decorah to work and build a home on Division Street. Over the years he worked at Norman Berg Construction, S.E. Brickner and Son, Decorah Tire Service and Decorah Builders and his own Flaskerud Building and Landscaping until retirement. He served as an usher and on the council of First Lutheran Church, Decorah. He was an officer of the Minowa Dancers Square Dance Club. After retirement he was a member in good standing of the "Good 'Ol Boys" coffee group at McDonald's, and volunteered for The Food Pantry at First Lutheran Church. He worked hard, but also loved fun with family and friends: roller skating, dancing, camping, sledding, horse trail riding, storytelling and sharing memories.
Herman is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Brickner); son, Herman "Jay" (fiancé Sherry Kittelson) of Rochester, Minn.; daughter, Christy Hay (John) of Shawano, Wis.; granddaughters Nita of Rochester, Minn.; Kaya of West Union; Jenna Nuehring (James) of Urbandale; and Anna Oetker (Christopher) of Cedar Rapids; two great-granddaughters, Lorelei Oetker and Josie Nuehring; brothers, Erick and Laurence; and sister, Dorothy Halverson, all of Decorah; and many special nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Julius; a sister, Marie Hegtvedt Rindels; sisters-in-law: Viola (Rude), Adeline "Ann" (Steine) and Lucille (Ramlo); and brothers-in-law: David Brickner, Charles Johnson and Orville Halvorson.
The family asks for any memorials to be designated to The Food Pantry at First Lutheran Church, 604 W. Broadway, Decorah, IA 52101 or Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice, 901 Montgomery St., Decorah, IA 52101. Online condolences may be made at fjelstul.com.