Harm Kuiper, 1948-2016
Published 10:39 am Monday, July 11, 2016
Funeral services for Harm Lester Kuiper, 67, of Albert Lea will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Theodore Catholic Church. The Rev. Russell Scepaniak will officiate. Military honors will be accorded. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.
Harm died Friday, July 8, 2016, at his home.
Harm L. Kuiper was born Dec. 24, 1948, in Blooming Prairie, the son of John and Gertrude (Butler) Kuiper. He graduated from Ellendale High School. Harm served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. He earned both a Navy Commendation Medal and a Navy Achievement Medal for performing his duties in an exemplary manner, heroic achievement and courage under fire.
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On March 12, 1971, Harm was united in marriage to Stasha Lee Morgan. He worked at Wilson & Co. and Farmstead Foods for 24 years, starting as a line worker and advancing to boiler operator — earning his first class boiler license. In 1994 he began working at Faribault Foods ultimately earning his class A chief engineer license in 1996. He retired from POET in 2013.
Harm was a member of the NRA. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing, hunting, sharing stories of his adventures and teaching others his ways of doing things. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, as his grandsons came first!
Harm is survived by his wife, Stasha; sons Harm E. Kuiper and Mark Kuiper; grandsons Ian and Gabe; brothers James Kuiper, William Kuiper and Thomas Kuiper; sisters Charlene Gangsei, Mary Schreiber and Linda Kuiper; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Harm was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jimmy, in infancy; and brothers John Kuiper and Robert Butler.