Tuesday, August 09, 2011

God Got a Good Man

Last Thursday, God called one of His saints home. A truly godly man, devoted husband, father and brand-new grandfather, trusted friend, and one of the most cheerful individuals it has ever been my privilege to meet. Rochester Fire Battalion Chief Chuck Hermann was killed in a logging accident Thursday afternoon and immediately went into the presence of the Savior he loved, served, and longed to see. Chuck's desire every day of his life was to see God glorified, and today, at the service that will celebrate his life, his family and friends will glorify God remembering Chuck.

CHARLES (Chuck) HERMANN, January 19th, 1961 - August, 4th, 2011

The world was forever changed on January 19th, 1961 when Charles (Chuck) Hermann was born in Rochester , MN . He was the 3rd child of 4 born to Glen & 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 & 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 & 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 & mother Glen & 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, MN; daughter Tasha McWilliams and son-in-law Jason of Palm Beach, FL; daughter Tiffany Kirkpatrick and son-in-law Kincade with grand-daughter Khloe, of Rochester, MN; daughter Shawna Hermann of Minneapolis, MN; daughter Tamires Hermann of Rochester, MN; sister Diane Blakely & husband Bradley and family of Rochester, MN;  sister Sharon Hain & husband John and family of Stewartville, MN; sister Bonnie Gunnarson & husband Todd and family of Onalaska, WI.

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 PM Tuesday August 9, 2011 at Autumn Ridge Church 3611 Salem Road SW Rochester, MN.  Burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery East.  Visitation will be held 4-8 PM Monday and 1 hour prior to services on Tuesday both at Autumn Ridge Church.

Arrangements entrusted to Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Home 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN 55901


  1. You and I must have been thinking the same thing today with Chuck's service later this afternoon; he was the subject of my post as well (although I'm glad you copied the obit from the PB; it was really a good one, as obits go).

  2. Linda6:54 AM

    Chuck certainly was one of the good guys. And everyone who knew him knew he loved Jesus.

  3. I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear friend, Erica. You are all in my prayers.

  4. what a beautiful memorial. Hugs and prayers for you and your family. I know he was special to you.

  5. I'm sorry for the loss. :-( He sounds amazing.