Funeral services for Harris "Tookie" Hoyer of Morris, MN will be held Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. Father Todd Schneider will be officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, and for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Morris. Military rites will be provided by the Morris American Legion, V.F.W. and AmVets.
Harris Henry Hoyer, son of Louis and Melanie (Bach) Hoyer, was born on October 3, 1923 on a farm near Donnelly. He grew up and attended school in Morris graduating as class president in 1941. Following his schooling he worked at the Morris Creamery. On March 31, 1944 he enlisted in the United States Navy and completed basic training at the Great Lakes Boot Camp in Illinois. Tookie was united in marriage to Elizabeth Mae Detviler on May 10, 1944 at the Assumption Church in Morris.
He was proud of his service as a signalman on the USS Doherty in the South Pacific. Receiving an honorable discharge in 1946 Tookie returned to his family in Morris and worked at various jobs in the area. In 1952 he began a 33 year career as a manager at Willie's Red Owl.
He was an active and proud member of the VFW, served as Post Commander and was an honor guard. He also was a member of AmVets, American Legion, 9-F Sportsman Club and Knights of Columbus. A longtime member of the Assumption Catholic Church and was an usher for many years.
Tookie retired in 1985 and continued to live in Morris with his wife Betty where they enjoyed their retirement.
As a young man he enjoyed bird hunting with his Uncle Oscar. Then in later years he became an avid and accomplished fisherman. He always knew where the fish were biting and how to catch them and never revealed the lake. His favorites were walleye and crappies. He also loved to watch TV and was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings.
Family was very important to him. He was a very kind and caring person. He was well known in the community and had extensive knowledge of the history of people and places in Morris. He liked to talk to everyone he met and was known to share his extensive repertoire of jokes and limericks.
Tookie died Friday, September 11, 2015 at Skyview Court in Morris. He lived to reach the age of 91 years.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Hoyer of Morris; nine children: Mary Jane (Doug) VanKempen of Morris, Carol (Jerry) Bragg of Fort Collins, CO, Margaret (Dan) Kieffer of Litchfield, Russell Hoyer of Morris, Alisa (Joseph) Tielke of Yankton, SD, Fran Cin of Morris, Marcy (Robert) Athey of Big Stone City, SD, Suzanne (Randy) Thymian of Morris and Garrett (Oom) Hoyer of Morris; 24 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three brothers: Lloyd Hoyer of Morris, Louis (Doris) Hoyer of Columbus, OH and Duane (Karen) Hoyer of Rochester, one sister: Elna Hill (Kenny Rucktaeschel) of Morris. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister Elaine and brother, Merlin Hoyer.
Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.