Sherman M. Mandt
Sherman M. Mandt died at his home in Perham, Minn., on Dec. 26. He was 81. Born April 27, 1923, in McIntosh, Minn., Sherman was the son of Albert Mandt Sr. and Emma (Thoveson) Mandt. He graduated from McIntosh High School in 1942.He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 until his honorable discharge in 1946. His tour included the European theater and the Battle of the Bulge.On Sept. 12, 1948, Sherman married Alta Svalen in McIntosh, Minn. They lived in Fargo, N.D., where Sherman continued his education at North Dakota Agricultural College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1951. From 1967 until retirement in 1980, he served with the University of Minnesota Extension Office as Coordinator of Concerted Services and Supervisor of the Small Farmer Aides project.A life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, Sherman served as commander of the legion for a term. He was an active member of both, always on one committee or another. Sherman was a member of the Military Color Guard up until the time he was diagnosed with cancer. He was a member of the Perham Lions for 22 years and received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award in 1996. He was an Associate Member of the Perham Chamber of Commerce for many years, helping to promote Perham businesses along with the Mandt Tree Farm.Sherman enjoyed the outdoors very much and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was fortunate enough to enjoy many hunting and fishing trips, the last one for ducks and geese in North Dakota in October 2004. He will be sorely missed by family, relatives and friends.Surviving Sherman is his wife, Alta, of Perham, Minn.; son David (Sue) of East Gull Lake, Minn.; daughters Nadine (Brian) Knudson of Aneta, N.D., Julie and friend Stuart Lusk of Aspen and Carol (Patrick) Richter of Anoka, Minn.; grandchildren Travis, Isaac, Roni Jean and Jesse Richter, all of Anoka, Minn., Alexis, Ainslee and Abigail Knudson, all of Aneta, N.D., Jeff Gustafson of Cold Spring, Minn., Nicole Gustafson of St. Joseph, Minn., Chris Gustafson of Becker, Minn., Sophia Mandt and Kyle Lusk of Aspen; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Iris (Lyle) Eisert, of Crookston, Minn.; brothers Ervin and Albert (Ruth) of McIntosh, Minn., and Arvin “Swede” of Dent, Minn.Preceding Sherman in death were his parents and one sister, Mavis Koehler.It is the family’s wish that memorials be sent, in lieu of flowers, to the Perham Area Community Center, the Calvary Lutheran Church or to the Friends of the History Museum for the Veteran’s Museum in Perham.Funeral services were held Dec. 30 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham, Minn., with interment in the Perham Village Cemetery.
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