Shermock, James L. Age 74, of Annandale, formerly of Chaska, passed away on Friday, August 31, 2018, while doing what he loved to do fish. Better known as Mr. Shermock, Jim was a 5th grade elementary school teacher in Chaska for 42 years. Even after 42 years, you could still feel his passion as he would tell and "retell" many of his favorite memories of teaching to his children and grandchildren. He was born August 10, 1944 in Mpls., MN, to Leonard and Geraldine Shermock. He graduated from Minnetonka High School in 1963. Teachers once told Jim that he would never attend college, but being the determined man he was, he proved them wrong and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1967. He fell in love and was married to his high school sweetheart, Linda Tremann on August 28, 1965. Together they had 3 children, Brian, Arno and Kirin. He left his children with a strong work ethic, determination and an appreciation for small town values. In his early years, he was on the Minnetonka High School Wrestling team and later become Head Coach for the Chaska Wrestling team. As an avid hunter, he was infamous for long walks in the woods with little to show for it, except a tall tale about the hunt. He enjoyed hunting agates with his grandson, fishing and teaching all his grandchildren how to draw a "Shmoo." The love for his grandchildren was demonstrated endlessly through his pursuit to teach them about all things around them. Preceded in death by his parents. Survived by wife, Linda; sons, Brian (Christina) Shermock of Carver, Arno (Kina) Shermock of Cold Spring, Kirin Hahn of Annandale; 9 grandchildren, Bryce, Joseph, Cole, Nicholas, Adam, Braidyn, Brooklyn, Davis and Wynter (all refer to him as Papa); siblings, Donald (Margaret) Shermock, Richard (Sally) Shermock, Steven (Esther) Shermock, Saundra (Cloyd) Johnson and Lauree (Randall) Cermak; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Memorial Gathering will be Wednesday, 4 8 PM at the Bertas Funeral Home, 200 West Third Street, Chaska, MN.

Published on September 3, 2018