Tom Hay of Hackensack, MN passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on October 29, 2020. Tom was born in Des Moines, IA on May 7, 1930. He graduated from Mitchellville High School where he was a football center to be reckoned with. He married his high school sweetheart, Louise Pyle, and together they made the most of every day for over 71 years.
Tom earned an Associate Degree in Finance before serving in the U.S. Army. He earned a Bronze Star for his work as a Signal Corp Officer in the Korean War supporting the front lines. As many of his generation, he was quietly very proud of his service to his country.
Tom and his family moved to Casey, IA in 1960 where he owned and operated Security State Bank. In 1987 they moved to Minneapolis, MN where he established a tax accountant business. He continued preparing taxes up until his 90th birthday. Tom and Louise moved to their beloved Ten Mile Lake home in 2001.
Enjoying time with family and friends was the center of Tom’s life. He never missed happy hour and cards with Louise and was still on the golf course after his 90th birthday this year. He was instrumental in developing the 5x80 Country Club while living in Casey. He believed that 5 rural communities could come together and build a place for families to enjoy and the 5x80 thrives to this day. Tom was always active in community organizations including Lions Club, Shriners, Masons, and Rotary.
Tom will be greatly missed by Louise and their family, son Mike (Tammy) Hay, daughter Lisa (Jim) Tuller and grandchildren Laura (Tyler) Kavanaugh, Ryan (Brigitte) Hay, Beth (Eric) Krueger and Scott (Sarah) Tuller. 2019 brought him a great grandson, Owen Krueger. He was excited to know that Laura and Tyler are expecting his second great grandchild. He was immensely proud of his family. They, along with a wonderful extended family and countless friends will miss his laugh, his jokes and stories, and his martinis (extra olives please!).
A private burial will take place at the MN State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, MN. To honor the soft spot in Tom’s heart for all his (and his family’s) pets, memorial donations can be made to Paws and Claws Animal Rescue and Resort, PO Box 175, Hackensack, MN 56452 or at https://www.pawsandclawsrr.org/
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