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Hilary (Hilly) Joseph Tauer
Hilary (Hilly) Joseph Tauer was born on May 8, 1930, to Conrad and Katherine (Zueg) Tauer. He passed away on Dec. 30, 2019, at the age of 89, surrounded by loved ones.
Funeral service was 10:30 am, Monday, Jan. 6, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm.
Burial followed in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery. After burial lunch was provided back at the church.
Visitation was from 3 to 5 p.m., on Sunday, Jan. 5, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home - North Chapel. Visitation continued on Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.
To leave an online condolence for his family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: www.mvfh.org.
He grew up on the family farm in New Ulm and attended Clear Lake country school.
Hilary enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. He served his country from Feb. 12, 1953, to Dec. 5, 1954. He earned the rank of Sergeant E-5 and was on the ship "General Patrick" during the war with the role of survey crew upon arrival.
Hilary worked tirelessly throughout his life, driving milk truck, doing field work/delivery for Del Monte and worked as a signing supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Windom for 27 years, as well as assisted his loving wife in their Tauer Upholstery business.
Hilary met the love of his life, Rosemary Fischer, while being employed at Del Monte in September 1949. Hilary and Rosemary married on May 1, 1956, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye. Hilary and Rosemary were blessed with two children, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Hilary and Rosemary enjoyed everything that life brought them. They raised their children with love, hard work and dedication. They liked to experience life by camping and traveling whether it was a week at a lake with friends and family or longer excursions to places like the World's Fair in Nashville, family reunion in California, visiting family in Alaska, to even long weekend music festivals in North Dakota and Missouri.
Hilary even enjoyed the simple things in life like going out for a pizza and beer with loved ones.
Hilary was dedicated to Rosemary and all of his family; children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had an amazingly great life and truly a blessing to anyone who was fortunate enough to have him in his life. He was universally loved. Hilary and Rosemary were a fabulous picture book couple.
Hilary had a lengthy, multiple year battle with cancer and proved how much he was a fighter. He hung on longer than anyone ever anticipated with the drive to take care of the love of his life, his love Rosemary. He always said in the later years in life that his "purpose in life" was to take care of her, simply amazing, and he did not have a selfish bone in his body!
There are so many fond memories from his children and grandchildren - they would like to say:
"Words don't do him justice!"
"I have so much to thank him for it is unreal."
"You have been so generous and I am very grateful."
"You loved me well, hugged me tight, taught me much, raised me right . . . thank you dad for giving me everything I needed and more."
"As time goes by, I appreciate more and more for all the things you've done for me. You are my rock, my friend and my world!"
"If I'm half as awesome as you, I'm lucky."
"You always showed me you loved me, through the little things you did, and I never doubted your love."
"You were always there no matter what and offered your love and support."
"Nobody is perfect, you were a great grandpa and you were there, to me that's practically perfect."
"You pushed us to be better people - thank you!"
"Even though he didn't think of himself this way, he was a special grandfather and an amazing male role model."
"What . . . I have to weed the garden and mow the lawn before I can play with my friends?" (We did have a huge garden and 1.5 acre yard.)
"My heart breaks to say goodbye daddy, goodbye
. . . love, your baby girl!"
Hilary was preceded in death by his parents, Conrad and Katherine; brother, Leo, and sister-in-law, Laverna; brother-in-law, Arnold Beranek; sisters-in-law, Veronica (Fischer) Simon and Louise (Fischer) Schmitz; brothers-in-law: Emil Fischer, Edwin Fischer, Herbert Fischer, Art Fischer, Wilbert Fischer and Benny Fischer.
Hilary is survived by Rosemary, his loving wife and best friend of over 63 years; children: Janice Tauer, Martin S.D.; Rhonda (Marc) Bot, Miltona; three grandchildren: Allison Richards, Ashley (Derek) Olson, Amanda Daberkow; six great-grandchildren: Ryker Richards, Reese Olson, Emmit Olson, Barett Olson, Anna Daberkow, Alex Daberkow; brother, Willard Tauer; sister, Elaine Beranek; sister-in-law, Olivia (Fischer) Binder; brother-in-law, Sylvester Fischer.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to Hospice, Alzheimer/Dementia Research, Cancer Research.