Paul Herdegen, age 63, of Isanti, MN passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and pets on August 15, 2022 after a 3 ½ year fight with Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). Interment with military honors will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on October 6th, 2022 at 1:30pm.
Paul Herdegen, age 63, of Isanti, MN passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and pets on August 15th, 2022 after a 3 ½ year fight with Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer).
Paul was born June 25, 1959 in Minneapolis, MN to Earl and Pauline Herdegen. Paul lived throughout Minnesota during his childhood; Minneapolis, Kimball & Darwin. He graduated from Litchfield High School in 1977. Immediately after High School, Paul joined the U.S. Navy and served in the nuclear power program from 1978 to 1986. In the Navy, Paul served on the U.S.S. Flying Fish, U.S.S. Baltimore and U.S.S. Blue Fish submarines. Paul had one daughter, Melissa. After his service in the Navy, Paul worked at several power plant facilities in Iowa and Minnesota. Paul was also an electrician by trade, where he met his wife Kris Brown.
Paul will be remembered as a hardworking, jack of all trades. Always willing to put others first and to lend a helping hand. Paul loved spending time with his family, chocolate chip cookies & ice cream, Hallmark Christmas movies, strawberry daiquiris, Lake Carnelian and his new Yanmar tractor.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Pauline Herdegen; and beloved pets Parker & Seven whom he shared with his wife Kris Brown. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Kris Brown; daughter Melissa Green (Dustin); grandchildren, Mason, Kenley and Nolan; brothers and sisters: Dennis (Carol), Raymond, Mickey (Sandy), Marie (Mark), Chuck (Donna), Chris (Tammi), Tina (Bill), Char (Pete). 13 nieces and nephews and many other family and friends.
As Paul said in the end, “this sucks”. He fought a long, hard fight; his strength and determination has been an inspiration to so many. We are all so proud of the life he lived.
Despite the hard journey these last years, Paul would always say “It’s all good”.
Interment with military honors will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on October 6th, 2022 at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations in honor of Paul to benefit Healing Hearts Rescue, where Paul and Kris’ foster dog River is from, http://healingheartsrescue.org/donate/ .