John Anthony (Tony) Poss, 75, of Redwood Falls, died September 27, 2012 at Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia surrounded by his loving family.
A Memorial Mass in celebration of his life will be held Saturday, October 6 at noon at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Redwood Falls.
A visitation will precede the service from 10 a.m. to noon.
Tony, son of Harold and Alma Erlandson Poss, was born February 18, 1937 in Franklin. He was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Franklin. He was the youngest of five children and was raised a good Catholic by a Lutheran mother.
Tony graduated from Franklin High School in 1955. He participated in all sports and played saxophone in the band. He served two years in the United States Army, most of the time spent in Germany. Prior to the army, he attended St. John’s University and upon his return attended St. Cloud State University. On December 27, 1962, Tony married Eleanor Simmons at St. John’s Catholic Church in Morton.
Tony grew up working in the Poss Hardware store in Franklin. His three children, Mark, Amy and Scott, were born while living and working there. During that time he was active in his church and community serving on the city council, school board, fire department and ambulance crew. In 1968 the family moved to Redwood Falls. He once again became active in his church by serving as a lector and volunteer. He also became a Knight of Columbus.
It was also at that time he began his career as a “tinner” designing, building and installing heating and air systems for homes and businesses. It was a career that served him for more than 40 years and he mentored many young apprentices along the way.
Tony enjoyed reading, road trips and abundant friendships. His rounds included regular trips to the library, visits to friends and excursions to his children’s homes.
He looked forward to his annual fishing trips with his sons and son-in-law. He loved his neighbors and helped arrange the annual block parties. He was a Hometown Hero.
Tony’s true love was Ellie, his wife of 49 years and nine months. He was looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in December with family and friends.
His greatest joy was spending time with his family: son Mark, wife Becky and their children Tony and Lucy in Red Wing; daughter Amy, husband Mike and their children Kate, Harry and Annie in Minnetonka; and son Scott, wife Joan and their children Colleen, Bridget and Charlie in Apple Valley.
Tony is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren along with his sister Carolyn (Bob) Brix of Clara City, brother Dr. Peter (Emilie) of Willmar and sisters-in-law Barbara of Minneapolis and Alene of Franklin.
Page 2 of 2 - Tony is preceded in death by his parents, brothers James and Paul, and nephews Michael and Peter.