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Sherman McCarlson

Sherman McCarlson, 99 of Webster died on Thursday, July 09, 2020 at his home near Webster. Private Family Services will be 10 A.M. Saturday July 18, 2020 and will be live streamed on Fiksdal Funeral Service Facebook page. Burial will be at the Tabor cemetery at 11 A.M. Saturday, friends and family are welcome. Coffee and cookies will be served, weather permitting. Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Walk through visitation will be 5-7 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. Sherman Logan McCarlson was born on Saturday October 2, 1920 near Webster, South Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed at Tabor Lutheran Church. He attended Greenbank country school near his home. He enlisted in the US Marine Corp on June 12, 1944. Surviving the battle of Iwo Jima, he was discharged on June 17, 1946. On June 12, 1948 he was united in marriage to Adeline Jeaninne Wik at Tabor Lutheran Church. The couple made their home on various farms in the area until moving to their present farm northwest of Webster in 1957. Sherman loved music and was involved in barbershop quartets, the Tabor choir and men’s chorus. Family gatherings were filled with singing and Sherman playing various instruments. He was active on boards in the community, Tabor Church, Pickerel Lake Bible Camp and the Strand Kjorsvig Home. He loved farming, caring for livestock, baseball, fishing and educating others about Vigortone. Sherman passed away on Thursday July 9, 2020 at his home at the age of 99 years, 9 months, and 7 days. Sherman will be remembered with love by three daughters, Julie (Chuck) Johnson of Webster, SD, Jane (Jim) Rasmussen of Maple Grove, MN, Sharon (Don) Koch of Las Vegas, NV; one son, Michael (Juli) McCarlson of Webster, SD; 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and cousins; three sisters, Martha Baumgarn, Evelyn Likness and Gloria Paulson; sister-in-law Shirley (Laverne) Storley and his wonderful care givers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Minnie McCarlson, his lovely wife Adeline, brother Arnold, and sisters, Sophie Pribula and Marion Hendrickson.

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Our sympathies to the McCarlson family. Sherman was a good man and a great friend. We spent many days together selling Vigortone and our trips to Canada fishing were great fun. Bill and Ann Douglas

Bill Douglas Jul 18 2020 12:00 AM

Thanks for sharing your story of Sherman.

Roger Bosmoe Jul 18 2020 12:00 AM

Our sympathy and prayers to all the family. You had an amazing Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle, and friend! May the Lord comfort each of you. Danny and Marilyn (Sandve) Mattson

Danny and Marilyn (Sandve) Mattson Jul 16 2020 12:00 AM

Sherman was such a great man, Uncle and a true American hero. I have fond memories as a child of gathering at Sherman & Adeline's farm house for Christmas. After eating a delicious traditional Norwegian meal which included meatballs, mashed potatoes, Kringle and lutefisk all the cousins, aunts and uncles would sit around in chairs and on the floor. It was time to sing Christmas Carols. To this day I remember how happy and excited we were to start the singing which sounded just like the Gaither's, in my opinion, with all the beautiful harmonizing. I can still hear Uncle Sherman's deep, beautiful voice leading us with Jingle Bells as Santa would suddenly appear! I treasure this memory and think about a simpler time full of love and laughter. I was always so proud that Sherman and Adeline were my Godparents. Sherman was loved by all and will be missed by Mom, Evelyn, Martha, Gloria, your beautiful family and all of your nieces and nephews.

Becky Mahlen Jul 15 2020 12:00 AM

Our sympathies to the family! I always enjoyed visiting with him! Keith and Connie Rekow

Keith Jul 14 2020 12:00 AM

Uncle Sherman was a blessing. We have a picture of him standing on a car above my parents who were dating and acting like a minister! I believe he introduced them at a talent contest where Dad (Ray Hendrickson and band) were competing with him and his sister (our Mom) Marion. His sense of humor could make the darkest situation lift. He delighted in teasing Adeline, and she always took him seriously. He was unforgettable to all who met him and I personally loved going to their farm as a child. One night our folks were cutting meat, and to this day that was the best hamburger I have every eaten. We grieve with all of you who suffer this loss, but we rejoice that we can all be with him again.

Lois Hendrickson Tollefson Jul 13 2020 12:00 AM

My sympathies to you all. Such wonderful memories of Sherman during our years at Ortley. Recall with fondness all the music we shared and times at Pickerel Lake Bible Camp. He is safely home. John Rieth

John Rieth Jul 13 2020 12:00 AM

My heartfelt condolences for the loss of Sherman. I feel blessed to have gotten to meet him and get to know some of his wonderful family in the last few years. It was an honor to support someone who risked his life for our country in such a terrible battle. It was clear he had a fulfilling life and even at 99 years old, didn't want to stop working on the farm! Sherman had a genuine, warm smile that I will never forget. Brigett Anderson

Brigett Anderson Jul 13 2020 12:00 AM

Wow, our invincible Uncle Sherman has died in this life just a few months short of 100. What is important is he is with Adeline, his beloved wife and friend in life. Even more important for Sherman and all of us is he is home—- home with God ... see Sherman has been with God in Spirit and real life since 1975 when he suffered an accident on his farm. He was literally dead when he arrived at the ER in Aberdeen. He had no pulse , no BP. Was pale white and unresponsive as they quickly prepped him for surgery. Some may ask. How do you know this? Well God does a lot of this for us like place me in St Luke’s ER that day in Aberdeen. What is more important is the phone call from Adeline about 3 months later. She said Sherman would like to see you when you come home from Med. School! I said yes and called him a few weeks later. I assumed he wanted to thank me which he did, but he was so excited as he decribed his view of heaven being so beautiful and bright and that Jesus was with him!!! He said I looked terrible. Pale ,sick, and stuck in the corner of the ER, which was and is the truth. He then described his accident, his trip to Webster with Edward Davidson saving his life, the 1st time, the Webster ER and all the hustle and bustle, then the Ambulance trio to St Luke’s , the ER and even the surg suite at St Luke’s. He described all to the tee. He remembered all in unbelievable verse and description ! He told me he tried to comfort all/me and tried to tell us it was okay! Sherman experienced an out of life experience!!! God has been / had a great role in Sherman’s like forever. To this point I believe Sherman’s belief in God and his dedication to help others has been a life long process. Sherman was the “Be Still and Know Our Lord guy but he was also Vocal spokesman for God when needed, whether in word or verse. He was there playing games, esp baseball, throughout our youth sharing his love and faith! He was there in person for me the night my Grandpa Rudolph was killed and Grandma Mary seriously injured in a car crash. He and I talked many times usually late in the night as time became irrelevant here on earth. He would often have Adeline call often about 11:30- midnight. Then he and I would chat and end about an hr later with he saying God Bless and please call againߘ³ It has been great talking to you. I have honestly missed those calls of late! I was also blessed to share and support him and Chuck along with another 120 WWII Vets. On an Honor Flight trip to Washington, DC. Years ago. This did help Sherman to finally open up and share esp a lot of the horrors of war esp 39 days on Iwo Jima ! Wow ! Sherman. You where/are blessed as we are! I personally have been blessed to experience the life of witnessing and Love Sherman has shared thru his life here on earth. Thank you Sherman! You are finally home. God Bless and hope to see you again so we can talk more. Clark.

Dr Clark W Likness Jul 11 2020 12:00 AM

McCarlson Family Tracy, Jonathan, Grace and I wish to say how very, very sorry we are to hear of Sherman’s loss. He was a great, great man and will be dearly missed!! My memories are many, including singing with him in the Tabor Choir and the fact that he was a very humble man. He could have bragged about being a war hero because he fought the battle of Iwa Jima, but he didn’t. A third and final memory is how much he loved his Adeline, and named the beautiful pond near Tabor “Lake Adeline.” I will miss him, but am glad the two of them are now together again in heaven! To God be the glory for the life of Sherman McCarlson!! Pastor Wilson

Pastor Lynn Wilson Jul 11 2020 12:00 AM

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