John E. Sherman

TRUMAN — A celebration of life service for John E. Sherman, 81 of Truman, Minn., will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, at Martin County Arena located at the Martin County Fairgrounds, 1300 N. Bixby Road, Fairmont, Minn. A private family burial will be held Wednesday at Waverly Lutheran Cemetery, rural Trimont. Visitation will be from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Martin County Arena located at the Martin County Fairgrounds. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.kramerfuneralhome.com.

What a guy, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. John Earl Sherman, the second child born to Earl and Mildred (Rahm) Sherman, was born Feb. 11, 1939, on the family farm in Waverly Township. John grew up with his siblings, Shirley and Jim on the farm in rural Truman, Minn. John was baptized and confirmed at Waverly Lutheran Church. John attended country school in District 124 and later graduated from Truman High School with the class of 1957. On July 18, 1959, John and Joanne (Johnson) were married and settled with in a mile of the “home place” where they raised four children, Bradley, Deborah, Scott and Stephanie. John was a grain and cattle farmer with his brother, Jim. He was very active in his church, served on numerous community boards in a variety of capacities and volunteered for many causes he was passionate about. Nov. 16, 1991, was a life altering day when his son, Scott passed away due to a farm accident. John continued to farm with his brother, Jim and son, Brad. He eventually retired, but never officially, and continued to help on the farm even after moving into Truman. John and Joanne enjoyed 61 years of marriage. John enjoyed traveling, wintering in Texas, and working with stained glass. John was a life long learner, a mediocre golfer (at best), and always won at playing cards if he was keeping score. Anyone that knew him became his friend. John will be remembered for his infectious laugh, larger than life personality, and the kindness and compassion he freely gave others.

At his home in Truman, Minn., on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 at 4:50 a.m., John received his key to the Pearly Gates. John is survived by his loving wife, Joanne Sherman; son, Brad and his wife, Laurie Sherman and their children, Bobbi (Austin Witt) and Catie (Cole) Lightfoot; daughter, Deb and her children, Jacob Melson, Aline (Caleb) Wilking, Scott’s son, Alex; daughter, Stephanie and spouse, Robin DiPietro; great-grandchildren, Aiden Lightfoot, Scarlet, Nova and Sun Green Wilking, brother, Jim and his wife, MaryLou Sherman and their family; sister-in-law, Dolly Bessler and their family; brother-in-law, Jim Johnson and his wife, Deb and their family; and other relatives. John was preceded in death by his parents; son, Scott Sherman; sister, Shirley Karau; brother-in-laws, Murten Karau and Jerry Bessler; as well as extended family and friends. Our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend John, will be forever loved and missed.