Walter “Wally” Joos, of Ogilvie, passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis. He was 77 years old.
PUBLIC VISITATION will be held from 4:00 -6:00 pm on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora with Bob DeYoung officiating.
Due to covid-19 restrictions and the limited space at the funeral home, the funeral service will be private and by invitation only. The service will be streamed for remote viewing on the funeral homes facebook page.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to CDC recommendations, FACE MASKS are REQUIRED at the services for Wally. Being aware of the need to keep social distance, and not coming if you are sick or at risk (e.g. elderly, immune-compromised) will help protect everyone
Walter “Wally” Lee Joos, of Ogilvie, passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis. He was 77 years old.
Wally was born on February 24, 1943 in Peoria, IL to Herman and Erva (Varnum) Joos. He had an older brother Perry and a younger sister Geraldine. When the kids were young, his family moved to their farm in Hoffman, MN. As a student at Hoffman High School he participated in wrestling and was a member of the FFA. During his childhood, Wally enjoyed hunting with his cousins and running a trap line for mink.
When Wally was 19, he moved to Saint Paul and started working as a mechanic at a service station. Shortly after, his cousin Sharon introduced him to his first wife Minnie. Sharon and Minnie worked together at Porkies Drive-In, where Wally would soon become a “regular” and show up after hours to enjoy free food and Minnie’s company. We assume this is where his love of a good deal began.
Wally and Minnie were married in 1962 and at age 20, their oldest child Rosa was born. Soon after, they bought their first home and moved to Oakdale where they would welcome their second child Perry into the world. Two years later, Scott was found under a rock.
While raising his family and working, Wally also helped out at his mom and stepdad’s resort on Aitkin Lake. He would load up his family and make the 150 mile trip up to the resort every weekend. Wally enjoyed the time he spent there and became a snowmobile enthusiast and an avid fisherman and ice-fisherman. In 1974 while working for Amoco, Wally transferred to the Mora location and nearby in Ogilvie he bought his “forever home” just north of Ann Lake. He was excited for the opportunity to move his family to the country and be 80 miles closer to the resort.
Wally took a new job at Minnesota plastics in 1963. He worked his way up becoming a foreman, a plant superintendent, and a senior process engineer. The company changed names several times, but that was where he remained a loyal employee for 43 years.
Wally’s wife Minnie passed away in 1993.
In 2005 Wally was married to the love of his life, Cindy Lang and was blessed with three more children through their marriage. He welcomed Brandon, Miranda, and Amber into his family “and that’s the way they all became the Brady Bunch.”
Wally retired in 2007 and had more time for his love of the outdoors. His family scheduled events and milestones around hunting and fishing seasons and took many sportsmen’s trips together. Throughout his life, Wally took several “trips of a lifetime” but his most cherished ones were ones that included his family. Wally spent a lot of time with his three furry friends: Daisy, Windsor, and “Poopy Butt” – the wood shop mascot, out on Miller’s Pond and in his wood shop. He was a talented craftsman who created many pieces for family and friends that they will treasure forever. Wally’s retirement also included: camping, gardening, and mowing the lawn… sometimes twice… and sometimes his neighbors’.
Sadly, on December 1, 2020, surrounded by his wife, sister, and children, Wally passed away due to Covid-19. Wally always made sure we knew how much he loved us and how proud he was of us. I hope he knew how much we loved him and how proud we were of him too.
Wally is preceded in death by his parents, first wife Minnie, brother Perry, and brother-in-law Tom Koep.
He is survived by his wife Cindy, children, Rosa Crawford, Perry (Chris), Scott (Angela), Brandon (Wendy) Lang, Miranda (Chris) Hatfield, and Amber (Mike) Lang; 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; sister Gerri Koep; many other relatives and friends.
So here’s to you and here’s to me,
The best of friends will ever be,
And if we ever disagree,
Then cheers to you and here’s to me.