Harlan Howard Herman, 74 of Princeton, MN died Monday, March 19th surrounded
by his loving family. Harlan fought cancer for nine years with courage and
Harlan was born on February 28, 1938 in Chester, Iowa to LaVern and Margaret
Herman. The family farmed in Iowa until they moved to Spencer Brook Township
in 1950. Harlan graduated from Princeton High School in 1957. After
graduation he attended St. Cloud State University along with an
apprenticeship program for carpentry in Minneapolis, MN. On July 31, 1961 he
was united in marriage with LaJean Lemke in New Germany, MN. In 1968 they
moved to rural Princeton and he was a union carpenter in the metro area for
forty years, as well as farming at their residence.
He shared his gift of carpentry skills with the members of his community and
church. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and
enjoyed doing outdoor activities with them. His sense of humor brought a
smile to many of those around him. Harlan’s kind heart and gentle smile will
be greatly missed by everyone that called him a friend.
Harlan is survived by his loving wife of 50 years: LaJean; son: John
(Amanda) Herman of Champlin; daughters: Lisa (Marlo) Swedzinski of
Zimmerman, Cheryl (Bill) Klabunde of LaCrescent, and Joan (Randy) Heinen of
Princeton; grandchildren (his pride and joy): Grant, Kaley, Aaron,
Christopher, Samantha, Joshua, Tyler, Chelsey and Courtney; and his great
grandson: Braxton; siblings: Charles (Ardis) of Princeton, Floyd (Mary) of
Albany, GA, Don (Marilyn) of Zimmerman, Joyce (Ron) Ulmer of Kansas and
Karen (Terry) Anderson of Princeton; brother-in-law: Harold Zabel of Waseca,
MN, along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents: LaVern and Margaret and sister:
The Service was held on Saturday, March 24th at Immanuel Lutheran Church,
Princeton, MN. Burial: Clough Cemetery, rural Princeton.