Ellsworth Eugene Hermann, age 85, of Cokato, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at the Buffalo Hospital.
He was born March 15, 1933, in Watertown, the son of Leonard and Leona Hermann of Winsted.
Ellsworth grew up in Winsted, and graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1951.
After high school, he attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, where he was a member of the football team.
After two years of college, Ellsworth went to work for his father at the Pure Milk Products Creamery, in Winsted.
He met and fell in love with LaVerne Adelle Birkholz, and the two were married June 25, 1955, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato. The couple had their first home in Lester Prairie, and then moved to Cokato. They also made Florida their home for two years while owning a business in the Clearwater/Tampa area.
The family grew and moved back to Minnesota to settle in Cokato, where Ellsworth and LaVerne raised their family. All five children graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School.
Ellsworth was partner in the Chevrolet dealership, and later was employed at C & H Ag services for many years, along with other jobs and business ventures.
He was an active member of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato.
Ellsworth and LaVerne enjoyed traveling, and spending time with family and friends at their cabin on Lake Sylvia.
Ellsworth is survived by his wife, LaVerne; his five children: Kathryn Johnson of Cokato; Teri Madsen (Dave), and Phil (Sherie), all of Maple Grove; Nancy, of Cokato; and Tim, of Key West, FL; and grandchildren Preston (Rachel) Sternson of Moorhead, Austin Hermann of Houston, TX, Taylor Madsen of Los Angeles, CA, Jessie (Peter) Schuett of New Hope, and Cole Hermann of Maple Grove.
Ellsworth was preceded in death by his parents, Len and Leona; a brother, Gordon; and a sister, Mary Rathcamp.
Funeral services took place Thursday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato. There was visitation at the church Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; continuing Thursday one hour prior to the service.
The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Cokato handled the arrangements; www.swansonpeterson.com.