Bruce I. Hermann, 1954

Pastor Bruce I. Hermann, 80, of Golden, Colo., passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013 after battling cancer of the esophagus. His life ended at Collier Hospice Center in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Bruce was born September 25, 1932 to Claude and Naomi Hermann in Troy Mills, Iowa. He graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, in 1953, Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 1960, and completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in 1983. Bruce served in the US Army, 326th Army Band, Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., from 1953-1955. He was ordained as a Lutheran Pastor on September 11, 1960 in Henning, Minn. From 1960-1965 Bruce served parishes at United Lutheran Church, (Henning, Minn.), Elmo Lutheran Church (Parker’s Prairie, Minn.), and Trinity Lutheran Church of Henning (Henning, Minn.). In September of 1965 he accepted a Call to Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead, Minn., where he served until June 1972. His next parish was at Faith Lutheran Church, Golden, Colo., from June 1972 until his retirement in 2001. He continued on the staff at Faith until 2005. In 2006 he authored a book entitled, A Bold Step of Faith. After his “retirement” he continued to serve at a number of parishes on an interim basis; Advent Lutheran Church (Westminster, Colo.), King of Glory Lutheran Church (Arvada, Colo.), Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (Greeley, Colo.), and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (Aurora, Colo.). He was on staff at Abiding Hope Lutheran Church in Littleton, Colo., until his death.

In May 1957 Bruce and Ruth Marie Hougen were married and had three children: Luke Hermann, Maureen (Hermann) Heim ‘82, and Mark Hermann. Ruth passed away in 1978.

Bruce served as Director of Camp Emmaus (Minn.); he helped to organize the Pathways Camping Ministry in Minnesota; he served as Chair of the Board for Lutheran Service Society in Colorado; Chair of the Board for Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp; was Conference Dean for the Denver Conference, ALC; he co-chaired the Transition Team for the Rocky Mountain Synod ELCA and has served on the Rocky Mountain Synod Council.

In November 1972 Bruce married Elaine (Karlstrom) Foreman. Elaine had four children: Lori (Foreman) O’Neall Webb, Shawn (Foreman) Carbone Holter, Mark Foreman and Kristen (Foreman) O’Neill.

While living in Minnesota, Bruce got a private pilot’s license and on more than one occasion ferried the maximum amount of weight in corn back to Moorhead from the family farm in Iowa. Bruce was very interested in technology, gadgets and fixing things around the house. He was also a lover of corn on the cob and popcorn.

In addition to Elaine and their seven children, Bruce is survived by 21 grandchildren: {Lori & Rich Webb} Jennifer (spouse: Daniel) Thompson, Lindsey (spouse: Matt) Leigh, and Stephen O’Neall, {Luke & Leslie Hermann} Kelsey, Jenna and Katja Hermann, {Shawn & Bruce Holter} Michael Carbone, Daniel Carbone, Kaitlin Carbone, Chelsea Holter, {Maureen & Tom Heim} Evan, Rachel and Brayden Heim, {Mark & Carolyn Foreman} Andrew, {Mark & Bonnie Hermann} Kayla, Gianna and Luke Hermann, {Kristen & Jim O’Neill} Brieann, Jamie, Eric and Sage O’Neill and two great grandchildren: Samuel and Eliot Thompson.

Memorial gifts can be given to Abiding Hope Lutheran Church, 6337 S. Robb Way, Littleton, CO 80127 www.abidinghopelutheran.org or Faith Lutheran Church 17701 W. 16th Avenue, Golden CO 80401 www.faithgolden.com

Memorial Service was held Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Abiding Hope Lutheran Church 6337 S. Robb Way Littleton, CO 80127