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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.

22 thoughts on “WALTER L. JOOS”

  1. Sending my deepest condolences to the family of Wally. May he rest in peace and the family be in my prayers for the days to come.

  2. Sorry for your loss. Remember always stopping during Girl Scout cookie time and trick or treating. Will be greatly missed

  3. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Wally put a smile on everyone’s face and has left that smile imprinted in many. All my love.

  4. Cindy and family so sorry for your loss. I have known Wally since the late 70s at Amoco Plastics.
    Rest in peace Wally.

  5. Cindy, Kids, Grandkids, Gerri nieces and nephews —
    I am so sorry to hear about Wally, he was always so nice, making jokes and
    always laughing He will be truly missed by all who knew him. I wish this
    would all go away for everybody. My thoughts and concerns are with you all.

    Barb Koep Mellin
    (Toms younger sister)

  6. Prayers and hugs to all of you! I have so many great memories of you guys growing up with my girls. Wish we could all be together to be able to celebrate his life.

  7. RIP Wally. You were one of a kind with your sense of humor and dedication to your family. You will be missed.

  8. Cindy and family our condolences to you. May God be with you during this difficult time. Much love . Gayla and David ( Jugsey)

  9. Our deepest sympathy to you Cindy and families ! We have good memories of the fun we had! Gods Blessings to all of you 🙏🙏🙏

  10. Wally was one of my best friends for over 50 years whose door was always open whether you had an invite or not. He always greeted you with a warm welcome and smile and if you weren’t smiling when you stopped, you were when you left. My deepest sympathies to Cindy and his family as we have lost a great man and the memories that our families have made together will live in our hearts forever.

  11. I am so very sorry for your loss. Praying for strength and peace as you go through this difficult time.

  12. How sad to loose someone you love, or has been a friend. My heart goes out to everyone that looses someone that has entered there life and left a footprint. But in that loss and hurt, to have no empathy for those of us still living, is so disturbing and heartless. May God have mercy on those souls. My heart aches for you Brother.

  13. So sorry to hear of your loss. Their son Perry was our son David’s best friend growing up. Always fun to visit with Wally but he was kind of a tease. Fun neighbor!
    Byron and Jean Lindaman

  14. Thank you for being such a great Dad and Grampa and for raising such a wonderful son for me to share my life with. You had such a great impact on my kids lives and you are so incredibly missed. Please give my Dad a hug and tell him I love him. See you in heaven. We love you.

  15. I remember his smile and laugh during my six years working with him at Amoco and Sheller Globe. Very talented man when it came to making an injection molding press sing. RIP Wally. My condolences to his family.

    Tom Brekke

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