Charles L. Hermens


Posted: Sunday, November 23, 2003

Former Skagway mayor and postmaster Charles L. Hermens, 82, died Nov. 5, 2003, in Everett, Wash.

Hermens was born in Eldred, Ill., on Aug. 20, 1921. His wife and daughter moved to Skagway in 1946 and Hermens joined them after his release from military service in 1948.

He worked for the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad as a bridge and building foreman. During his approximately 30 years in Skagway, Hermens also co-owned the Skagway Inn and Kellers, which his wife and partner, Virginia Rex McGlasson-Hermens, managed.

He was the local postmaster for many years. He was elected to a three-year term on the Skagway City Council in 1956, and served one term as mayor in 1959-60. The Hermens moved to Washington in the late 1970s but maintained close contact with people in Skagway.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rex, in 1989.

He is survived by his daughter Sharon and son in-law Dennis Lattery of Chugiak, and granddaughter C. Denise Trutanic and husband of Anchorage.

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