Harold "Harry" Teff

Harold Christian Teff passed away May 10, 2020 at Martin Luther Manor in Bloomington, MN at the age of 79. His funeral service will be private due to COVID-19 pandemic guidelines for gatherings. Interment will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Morris Nilsen Chapel in Richfield, MN is in charge of arrangements, www.morrisnilsen.com.

Harry was born October 27, 1940 to Christian and Winifred (Casey) Teff. He and his twin brother were fifth and sixth of their 12 children (whom he affectionately called “the dirty dozen”) raised on their farm in Dorchester.

Harry enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1958 as an armored tank driver and mechanic and was stationed overseas in Germany and Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1964.

He met his future wife, Donna, at a softball game in Eitzen, MN in 1963. The two were married at Wilmington Lutheran Church September 25, 1965 and raised a family of three boys in Waukon, where Harry worked for the City of Waukon as the head mechanic and served with the Waukon volunteer fire department for 25 years. He served multiple roles for the fire department such as truck captain, assistant fire chief and fire chief.

In 1993 Harry and Donna relocated to the Twin Cities to be closer to family and work as a maintenance director for assisted living facilities.

Harry will always be remembered as a wonderful grandfather to his 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He had a spirit of boyish fun and mischief and loved to be outside and garden.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; his sons, Kim (Heather), Cory (Nadine) and Troy (Tina Remme); his grandchildren, Katelyn, Davis, Clarissa, Faith, Brooke, Morgan, Brandon, Connor, Hannah and Luke; his great-grandchildren, Kaden, Alia, Leo and Kjersti; his brother, John (Paula) Teff; his sisters, Phyllis (Dick) Knopes, Marlene (Bob) Meiners, Susie (Denny) Bresnahan, Janet (Bill) Majhenich and Barbara (Mark) Williams; his sisters-in-law, Sandra Meitrodt, Elaine (Neil) Stigen, MaryJo (Don) Snitker, Marcella Beneke and Annie Teff; and his brother-in-law, Karl Fetting.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Chris and Winifred Teff; his parents-in-law, Louis and Palma Beneke; his sisters, Ruth (Earl) Watry, Jeanne Fetting and Marianne (Wally) Mahr; his twin brother, Jerry; his brother, Robert; and his brothers-in-law, Roger, Lowell and Owen Beneke and Greg Meitrodt.

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