HERMAN F. AUNE

Herman Aune, of Cambridge, passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.  He ws 85 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, April 23, 2012 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Rich Chronis officiating.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held from 3:00-6:00 pm on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

INURNMENT will be at 11:30 am Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Assembly Area 2.

Herman F. Aune, age 85, of Cambridge, formerly of Braham, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Abbott Hospital.
Herman F. Aune was born October 30, 1926 to Ole and Bertina Aune at the family farm in Underwood, MN. He graduated from Underwood High School, and then was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in Germany during the occupation. When he returned home, he attended Augsburg College where he graduated in 1950 with a major in music and history. He began teaching in Hoffman, MN. In the fall of 1951, he moved to Braham and began teaching. He taught in the Braham school district as a band, choir, and history teacher. He retired after 37 years. Herman directed the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church choir for 40 years. He also loved spending time with his family, fishing, reading, gardening, and crossword puzzles.
On June 6, 1953, Herman married the love of his life, Jerrie A. Gustafson in Braham, MN. Herman and Jerrie resided in Braham where they raised 6 children. In 2000, they moved to Riverhills in Cambridge, Minnesota.
Herman is preceded in death by his parents and siblings Ole III, Ruth, Esther, Edith, Richard, and Wilfred.
He is survived by his wife, Jerrie, and children: Eric (Judy) Aune of Norwood Young America, MN; John (Rebecca) Aune of Bedford, TX; Rebecca (Justin) Aune of Minneapolis, MN; Kathy (Jim) Wade of Bolton, MA; Caroline (Virgil) Lindstrom of Cambridge, MN; and Dan (Kim) Aune of St. Louis Park, MN; grandchildren: Jaron (fiancé Liz) Aune, Ben (Lindsey) Aune, Betsy (Tommy) Blank, Jenni Aune, Kirsten (Nolan) Radford, Nate (Laura) Aune, Chelsea (Jason) Rojo, Emelia Lindstrom, Rachel (Robert) Lahr, Andrew Wade, Alee Wade, Sonja Aune, Arick Wade, Abigail Wade, Megan Aune, Nick Aune, Natalie Aune; one great-grandchild; sister-in-law Elaine Aune; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.

46 guestbook entries for HERMAN F. AUNE

  1. Carol Brandt April 20, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    My deepest sympathies to the Aune family, his friends, and to the Braham Community. I think back when I first started playing flute – Mr. Aune was so patient and encouraging. Long after I graduated from high school, I have enjoyed playing the flute at church and for my own pleasure. I gained an appreciation for all types of music, thanks to Mr. Aune. He was the best of the best of teachers. I will never forget Mr. Aune and will always have a deep appreciation for him. He will be missed immensely. – Carol (Weidenaar) Brandt

  2. Becky Anderson April 20, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Due to the passing of my Aunt, I will not be able to attend the Memorial Service. Mr. Aune (so difficult to call him Herman) was such an awesome person – loved him as my band director and church choir director. He always gave such a warm welcome when I would see him. My heartfelt sympathies go out to all of his family – he will be dearly missed.

  3. Peggy Johnson April 20, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    Mr. Aune was a kind man with a twinkle in his eye. I’m sure he had a positive influence on many people throughout his lifetime. He will be missed and remembered fondly. By best to the family.

  4. Linda Carlson Wescott April 20, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    I am so sad to hear of your loss. Herman’s big hug & welcoming smile made me feel wonderful everytime I visited Braham Ev Lutheran Church. He gave so much to others, last June he was working in the Church kitchen for Uncle Ralph’s funeral. So many memories: playing Prisoners Base, the smell of his pipe, Church choir practice where he somehow corralled a bunch of noisy kids into an actual performance, summer band concerts & parades, cold early morning marching formation band practice on the football field & of course the best neighborhood ever. May God bless the Aune family.

  5. Mary Lundgren April 20, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    My thoughts and prayers go to the entire Aune family. As stated, Mr. Aune wil be forever cherished in my heart as one of my favorite teachers. I played french horn with Carolyn. Mr. Aune taught me the importance of being able to read the music and feel it, not just seeing it as dots and lines. He was very talented musically and I always had a lot of respect for him as a person and a teacher. He was and always will be an icon associated with Braham and for this former student, an appreciative and thankful heart. God Bless.-Mary (Mayer) Lundgren

  6. Carrie Holman April 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Deepest sympathies to the family of Herman Aune. Thoughts and prayers in your time of loss.

  7. Christina (Randall) Huesman April 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    My thoughts and prayers go to the Aune family. Mr. Aune was the best band teacher and had so much patience for middle school kids. He once helped me out during lunch, I was choking on spaghetti and running for the bathroom. He stopped me in the hall and did the Heimleich maneuver. He was a very special man!!

  8. Vicki Tollefsrud April 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    To all of the Aune family,
    Your Dad was an absolute inspiration. My prayers are with all of you. Love to you Caroline, Chelsea and Emelia. I always hold you three in my heart.

  9. Vernon Downing April 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    We had 60 years of good music, good happy talk about our families, and life. And 25+ years ago when we became “related” was so special. As a student when I would go to my clarinet lesson we spent most of the time talking farming. Mr. Aune, I will always think of you as a very honest, sincere Christian man. May God Bless your memory and your family.
    Vernon Downing
    Class of ’58

  10. Clint Bengtson April 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Herman Aune was THE BEST band instructor ever. He taught me how to play decent and be first chair. A very patient man and I will never forget him. Never once lost his cool and had the respect of all his students.

  11. Amy Ramstad April 20, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Aune family and friends. Mr Aune was truly 1 of a kind always had a sparkle in his eyes and a smile no matter what! He will be dearly missed by everyone and especially by his “church family” as he was a constant presence there . Gods Speed

  12. Michele Downing Berg April 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Our deepest sympathy to the Aune family on the loss of a very special man. He was a treasure to everyone that knew him and touched many lives. He always had a smile on his face. He encouraged me to play the clarinet because that is what my dad played when he had him in school. I still remember the days of him trying to teach us to march through the town of Braham. Our prayers are with you during this time.

    Michele Downing Berg
    Class of 91

  13. Beverly Robinson April 21, 2012 at 6:09 am #

    My prayers and sympathy to all of you! Herman was so sweet and kind . . . always encouraging. We will all miss him.
    With my love,
    Beverly

  14. Debbie (Paulson) Singh April 21, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    “He lived, he laughed, he loved, he left…and we will never be the same.”

    Dear Aune family,

    Herman’s sunny disposition will be greatly missed in the community he loved and served for so long. I have to believe God needed another choir director!

    May you feel God’s loving embrace in the days and weeks ahead.

    Debbie (Paulson) Singh
    Class of ’73

  15. Diane Hesselroth April 21, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Aune’s passing is a loss for Braham, as well. I don’t think there was a more dedicated or patient teacher. His ability to take a large group of teenagers and turn them into a cohesive group of musicians was nothing short of a miracle. Thank you for sharing him with us and the rest of the world. Please find comfort in knowing that he touched many lives in wonderfully positive ways with his generosity and kindness.

  16. Todd Wicklander April 21, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    To the Aune family,

    My deepest sympathies. I was so sad to learn of Herman’s passing. He was such a gifted and inspirational teacher, and band with him first thing in the morning was often the highlight of my day. I’ve had a love of music my entire life, and Herman Aune had a major impact on that (he gave me my first drum lesson in 1964 and I’m still playing today). God bless him.

    Todd Wicklander

  17. Terri (Sathre) Schmidt April 21, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    In 5th grade we got a form to sign up for band. I was afraid because I didn’t know how to read music yet. My mom opened the phone book and called Mr. Aune at home. He said not to worry. He would teach me. And that he did. Like so many, I stayed in band until I graduated. Mr. Aune taught so much more than to read/play music. I still love to listen to a piece of classical music and identify what’s going on….rain pouring down, horses clomping along, etc. And the life skills he taught: hard work, dedication, commitment…. Of all the things I learned in H.S. I think I learned the most from Mr. Aune. My heart goes out to the Aune family. He was a wonderful man who touched the lives of SO many! Thank you, Mr. Aune. Terri Sathre Schmidt Class of ’79 (one of the kids from the hatchery)

  18. Loren Brabec April 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    A great man and he shared so much of life with everyone. I’ll never forget the one hour during my 1st year of teaching in Braham when I subbed for Mr. Aune. One of the tunes the band was rehearsing was “25 or 6 to 4” by Chicago. Sort of hint as to when this was! All the band needed was a lead guitar! Prayers go out to all in the Aune family from an east-sider on “Teacher’s Row”.

  19. Nancy (Forsberg) Dorman April 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    “Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson

    The first thoughts that came to mind when hearing of Mr. Aune’s death were “He was such a kind and positive man and always had a twinkle in his eyes. He genuinely cared about other people. . .he was an inspiration.” As I read over the entries already posted on this site, these thoughts are repeatedly affirmed; they are the sentiments not of one, but of many.

    I recall running into Mr. and Mrs. Aune on different occasions throughout the years. One time, I expressed to him that he was my favorite teacher. . .to which Jerrie, so quick witted, replied, “He was always my favorite teacher, too!” And then they both laughed. Their deep loyalty to each other was again evident and bubbling over so that it could not be missed.

    We are grateful for his fine example and for the impact that he made on us by his presence with us. He touched us at a deep level. He was a special man and it has been a privilege to know him, Jerrie, and their family. Hold the dear memories of him close. He has left a fine heritage and legacy for your family and for many.

    Mr. Aune, you planted good seeds in the lives of many. You planted well. Thank you.

    Nancy (Forsberg) Dorman

  20. Teresa Hasbrook April 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Nothing left to say except……I’m heartbroken.

  21. John and Janice (Quiggle) Swanson April 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    Mr Aune was one of a kind. We remember playing in the bandshell on Friday nights, playing at the U of M Gophers football game, wearing those hot wool uniforms while marching in summer parades, doing halftime shows at our football games, concerts, concerts, and more concerts. And we were good! Mr. Aune was more than a teacher. He was a mentor and friend. We talk about him all the time, especially when we hear a band play or a good Sousa march. He will always be a part of our life. Our sympathy to the family. He will always be “our” Mr. Aune.

  22. Jim and Kay (Stern) Devorak April 21, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    Jerri, Our deepest sympathy.

  23. Lois Bondeson Hesselroth April 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    As band students, we had the privilege of knowing Mr. Aune from 5th grade on. We grew up while under his guidance! How fortunate to have had those years with such a caring, patient mentor. And as others have noted, always a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. Similar to Todd’s comment above, Tom has always said that starting the day with Mr. Aune and band class made the whole day better. He was loved and appreciated by so many and will be missed very deeply. Our sincere sympathy to the family.

  24. Paul Wrege April 21, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    Today I honor Herman Aune. He was my colleague, mentor and friend. He inspired all of us who worked with him in school, church and in the community.

    Those of us who worked under Herman in church choir will always cherish his musical gifts, humor and kindness. Those many years were truly rewarding and our church choir family continues to think back on those good times.

    As I honor Herman I also honor Jerrie. She has always been the best member of his team. Jerrie brought out the best qualities in Herman and he would not have been the same without her love and devotion. Herman was the first to recognize Jerrie as responsible for what he has been and become.

    Today a member of the Ole and Lena team is gone, but not ever forgotten.

    Thank you dear friend for sharing your life with us.

    I share my love with all of the family and wish I could be with you at this time.

    Paul

  25. Carlene Piper April 22, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    My sympathies go out to the Aune family. From the previous guest book entries I have learned what a loved and respected and accomplished gentleman he was. He has left a wonderful legacy of family members that continue to serve their communities as teachers and band directors. It was a pleasure to meet him when his grandson Nate married my Grand daughter Laura.

  26. Heidi Korstad April 22, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    What an amazing legacy! To have spred music everywhere is a gift we all really loved as children and continue to cherish as adults. Thank you Herman! Thank you for believing in me and teaching me that hard work can be fun! Thank you for making me play the solo French Horn part on “Impossible Dream.” Also thank you for all the wonderful neighborhood memories…from Lakebergs barn catching pigeons to letting us play flashlite tag on summer nights. Your laugh and love will be missed…but the music will live forever…..

  27. Darwin and Marlene Nelson April 22, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    Words can not express the sadness we feel with the loss of our beloved HS band director, our Son’s MS band director, our colleague and our friend. You will be missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Aune family and our love to all of you
    Marlene (Downing) and Darwin Nelson
    Both Class of ’67

  28. Mary Wicklander Merhar April 22, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    How blessed we all were for having Herman as our band and choir director. I feel my genuine love for all kinds of music is because of him. What a wonderful gift he has given all of us. I hope God will let me be in Herman’s band or choir someday, then I will once again be home. My heartfelt sympathy to Jerrie and family.

  29. Jane Wicklander April 22, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    I was sad to hear that Mr. Aune has passed away, and I send my sympathy to the Aune family. I remember going downtown Braham on Friday nights in the summer as a little girl to hear the band and honk the horn after each song. I wanted to play there when I was older, and it is one of my best memories of being in band. Mr. Aune taught me to appreciate all kinds of music. He was a wonderful teacher!

  30. Ruth Hagfors April 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    Herman’s passing leavs a huge hole in our lives. He walked along side of us and we are forever changeg. Herman and Geri were always sweethearts and their love beamed out to all who were around them. We were neighbors and Herman always had a smile and loved life. He always asked about my “girls”, where were they now and how are they and how many kids did they have. He was interested and sincerely cared about everyone. Such a sweetheart-he will be sadly missed. We praise our Lord Jesus for His gift of Herman while he was here on this earth and for that genuine smile. My heartfelt sympathy to all of you. As ever, Ruth Hagfors

  31. Jewel Johnson April 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    I was telling my friends about Mr. Aune during our Saturday morning coffee. There are few people that leave such a positive impact on others that expands so many decades. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers to everyone in the Aune family during this difficult time. – Jewel (class of 75)

  32. Ron Stricker April 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    Mr Aune was a gift to me. He made me appreciate the gift of music and the work needed to get it right. He took pride in his students and they responded with great musical memories.

  33. Ron Johnson April 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Mr. Aune helped four sophmore saxaphonists prepare for state competition. I was one of them and we got an A rating. It’s a great memory. Thanks and condolences to the family.

  34. Deb Lang Arter April 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    What sad news to hear. Somehow I thought he would just go on and on. Even though I generally dashed to my chair in the woodwind section as the bell was ringing and he had his baton poised in the air he never reported me. To his credit I still play the flute in a local folk group and know generally all the verses of Lutheranesque hymns. What dedication he gave to his church, school and family. I am happy I got to be in his marching band and grow up with his great kids. Much love from Maine! Debra Lang Arter

  35. The Cuevas Family (aka Reyna) April 22, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    The Aune family is amazing, and I love every single one of y’all (even though I haven’t met all of you). I’ve heard that he was a very funny and incredible person, and look at all of the great Aune’s he’s created (then those Aune’s made even more great Aune’s). I’m sorry for your loss, Aune Family. Stay strong, and we’re praying for y’all down here in the big TX.

    P.S. Miss you, Sonj <3
    P.P.S. Put a bird on it.
    P.P.P.S. I LOVE THE AUNE FAMILY. STAY STRONG.

  36. Russell Mansmith April 23, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    When i was in the seventh grade Mr Aune taught me to appreciate classical music. I still do.
    When my parents retired from the farm they moved to a home close to the Aune’s. Mom would often watch the Aune children. Many times she spoke about the wonderful Aune children.
    Jerrie may god bless you and your family as you continue life’s journey without Herman.
    My sympathy to you all
    Russ Mansmith class of 1958

  37. Randy Plageman April 23, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    I will always wear as a badge of honor being personally called a “Chowder Head” by Mr. Aune. It happened in Marching Band when I kept making a right instead of a left and running into other band members. Mr. Aune is the “Mr. Holland” of Braham, giving us a lifetime of memories and a treasury of talent that came from his decades of unselfish tutelage.

  38. Judi Peterson Stull April 23, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    Mr. Aune knew how to light up our lives. Braham and all of us have lost one of the truly special ones. He was the best of the best. He was not only a favorite teacher to many of us but also a favorite person. A personality who will never be forgotten. My thoughts and sympathies to Jerrie and the Aune family.
    Judi (Peterson) Stull, Class of 59

  39. Bruce and Susan Kalm April 23, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire Aune family.

  40. Kathy Bohman & Lois Jensen April 23, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Jerrie, You have our deepest sympathy. We will miss Herman and his happy face at coffee on Saturday mornings. You and your family will all be in our prayers in the days and months to come.

  41. Patricia Anderson April 24, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    We have all lost a very special person. When I think of Mr. Aune I think of all the opportunities he gave us
    that without his caring we never would have experienced.We were so blessed to have him as a band teacher. He got us in 5th grade at Grasston when noone even knew how to put together their instrument and he took us all the way through high school, getting superior at the state contests.
    He also took us to band day at the University of Minnesota where we got to play with the marching band and be on the field.Then there were the summer parades in those hot, wool uniforms with Mr.Aune marching in the lead right position.Friday nights brought band concerts in the park and we would hope for the lights to come on so we could see the music. All the ensembles that went to state and you didn’t have to be the best, you just had to try. I also think back to summer lessons when he would meet with us. He was really good at one instrument, but he had to know about all of them. He would take the drum sticks from me and show me how it should be done and often his sticks hit the side of the drum and went sailing across the room, but he kept on and I learned. Then we had marching practice for the football games and the grass was soaking wet but he was in the thick of it with us. We didn’t just play….we did formations….and they were good. Unbelievable what he got us to accomplish. I also remember when we went to contests he had us always warm up to,”O Sacred Head Now Wounded.” At Easter this year we sang that and of course who did I think of. I also need to say that when he stood on the podium his pant cuffs were usually too long, but as soon as he started directing and raised up on his toes…the pants cuffs rose too.He had our respect and never had to ask for it. We just gave it to him. I was extra blessed as he was my church choir director and he was such an inspiration and picked lovely music. I am sure that many of these events were never in his teaching contract, but he chose to do them because he truly cared about each one of us. He gave us opportunities that we never would have had otherwise. He will always have a special place in my heart and I am truly blessed for being able to call him teacher and friend.God is blessed to have him.

  42. BarBara (Johnson)Danger April 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    Herman was such a nice, kind man. He gave me such an appreciation for all kinds of music and I will have that for the rest of my life thanks to him.

    My sincere sympathy goes out to Jerrie and his children and for the Braham community. It has lost one of its best.

  43. Leah Volker April 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Dear Aune family,
    We got to know Herman through our neighbors and good friend, Caroline and Virgil Lindstrom. Mr. Aune was always smiling, always had a twinkle in his eye or a joke to tell. Recently my parents moved to River Hills and got to know Herman and Jerrie and considered them new friends at a time in their life when making new friends doesn’t always come so easily – but it was easy to get to know Herman and feel like a friend. His friendship, his smile, his presence will be missed.

  44. Betty Knudson King April 27, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    My deepest sympathy to the Aune Family. Mr. Aune was my history teacher when I was a junior and senior at Braham High (class of ’59). He had a way of teaching that made learning fun. I think he felt discussions made history alive. I remember once when he was passing out a test, he looked at me and said “you just love test day, don’t you? You know you will get all the questions answered correctly.” He was right, I did. God be with you in your time of grief. Betty Knudson King

  45. Betty Knudson King April 27, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Mr. Aune was the best history teacher I ever had. He was kind, intelligent and friendly. Betty Knudson King, Class of ’59

  46. alan and nancy teich May 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    My delayed sympathies to Mr. Aune’s family. He was so nice, and way more patient than anyone I ever knew as my clarinet squeeked and squealed. He also made those hot old navy blue band uniforms seem alright. Prayers to Mr. Aune and his family. Nancy Dahlin

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