Services for Sherman Tranby

Sherman Tranby, age 89, of McIntosh, MN, passed away on Sunday, March 22nd, at McIntosh Senior Living. A memorial graveside service will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery in McIntosh for only Sherman’s immediate family due to pandemic attendance restrictions. The service, however, will be recorded and available to view on Sunday, June 14th on the Carlin Family Funeral Service website. Military honors will be provided by the National Guard Honors Team. Arrangements are with Carlin Family Funeral Service, serving McIntosh, and messages of condolence may be shared at
Sherman Oral Tranby was born on June 13, 1930 in McIntosh, Minnesota to parents Selmer and Helga (Engemoen) Tranby. He grew up in McIntosh and graduated from McIntosh High School in 1948. 
Sherman entered the United States Army in February of 1952 and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. While in the Army he worked with heavy equipment and eventually was trained to be an instructor for heavy equipment. 
Sherman was united in marriage to Patricia Edwards on May 2, 1953 while Sherman was at Fort Leonard Wood. He received his honorable discharge in February of 1954 and Sherman and Pat returned home to McIntosh to live and raise their family
Sherman helped his father with, and eventually purchased, Shell Oil in McIntosh which he operated for many years. Sherman’s passion, though, was in road construction. After selling the Shell Oil business, he partnered in his own company, Haagenson-Tranby Construction, and later worked for Thorson Construction out of Bemidji until his retirement. Though he worked on many construction projects, one that was most memorable was working on the Gunflint Trail.
After retirement, Sherman and Pat spent time driving around looking at job sites and enjoying family and friends at their cabin at Twin Lakes. 
Sherman enjoyed hunting, fishing, and in his younger years, snowmobiling. He liked collecting cars, a couple of which have been passed to the grandsons. 
He was a faithful member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, volunteer fireman, and “kept the clock” at basketball games in McIntosh for over 25 years.
Sherman and Pat resided together in McIntosh Senior Living. Pat passed away on April 14, 2018 and Sherman passed away there on March 22, 2020.
Survivors include five children, Kevin of West Fargo, ND, Cindy (Gordie) Ostenaa of McIntosh, Todd (Lorene) Tranby of McIntosh, Pete (Laura Grant) Tranby of McIntosh, and Jill (Jeff) Gunderson of Rice, MN; one brother, Art (Carol) Tranby of Green Valley, AZ; three AFS students also became members of the family.  They include, Jorge Kusumi, Marta Guilherme and Peach Poogaman.  
Grandchildren, Cory Tranby, Callie Westby, Alyssa Nornes, Shawn Ostenaa, Tanya Hamre, Nick Ostenaa, Jackie Huschle, Erik Tranby, Elizabeth Lemer, Brandon Tranby, Leah Anderson, Josh Gunderson, Kaila Abel, Andrew Gunderson, and step-grandchildren, Chad Ekeberg, Brenda Ugalde and Lisa Grant. She is also survived by 33 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.

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