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Sherman Humburg, 90

Nov 20, 2016

Sherman Humberg

Delavan Sherman Humburg, age 90, of Blue Earth, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at United Hospital District.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Blue Earth, with Rev. Karl Yahr officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. Visitation time will be 9 a.m. Wednesday before the service at the church only.

Sherm was born Jan. 14, 1926 to Theodore and Rosa (Weise) Humburg south of Elmore. He was raised on a farm northeast of Blue Earth where he farmed with his father. Following service in the Army near the end of WWII, he continued to farm throughout his life. Sherman particularly enjoyed the challenge of raising sugar beets. He was involved in the formation of the Southern Minnesota Sugar Beet Cooperative and served as one of its directors.

Sherman participated in many church activities at St. Paul Lutheran Church. A rich part of his life was his involvement at Camp Emmaus, where he taught campers how to water ski using a boat, “the Ark,” that he built from plans found in Popular Mechanics. The camp Staff became lifelong friends, and arranged an introduction to the new camp nurse, Shirley Pagh from Luck, Wisconsin. They were married on Nov. 20, 1955 spending almost 60 years together before Shirley passed away in July 2015. Together, they raised four children, Joel, Daniel, Karen, and Linda.

Sherm’s creative mind kept him-and his guardian angels-busy. He enjoyed big projects, so built tractors, designed sugar beet equipment, was a flying farmer, planted and harvested trees, made lumber at his sawmill, and was content when at the deer hunting cabin in Northern Minnesota. He built the log home he and Shirley lived in for 33+ years from red pine harvested from the Avenue of Pines near the hunting cabin.

Sherm is survived by his children, Joel (Melanie) Humburg, of Blue Earth, Daniel (Carol) Humburg, of Brookings, South Dakota, Karen (Mark) Reier, of Stillwater, and Linda (Ken Tougaw) Humburg, of Bayport; grandchildren, Ann (Josh) Crofton), of Blue Earth, Michael (Marissa) Humburg, of Mapleton, Laura (Jay) Rollins, of Pemberton, Jacob (Alyssa) Humburg, of Eagan, Joshua Humburg, of Millbank, South Dakota, Brian Reier of Bayport and Kristine Reier, of Stillwater; great grandchildren, Madelyn, Henry, Eli, Rose, Isaac, Peter, and Berit (born Nov. 4); two sisters, Norma Dornack and Iona (Ken) Mastin, as well as many family and friends.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com