Francis “Tony” Haper

Francis “Tony” Haper, 86, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, formerly of Luverne, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, at the South Ridge Rehabilitation Center in Sioux Falls.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 6, at  Hartquist Funeral Home, Luverne. Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Hartquist Funeral Home, Luverne.

Francis “Tony” Louis Haper was born Nov. 16, 1931, to Henry and Anna (Brandt) Haper in Moody County, South Dakota on the family farm. At age 4, his family moved just outside of Ward, South Dakota, where he later attended country school and helped on the farm until 1953 when he was drafted into the Airborne Military Police in Augusta, Georgia. He was honorably discharged in July of 1954.

Tony was united in Marriage to Loretta O’Toole on Dec. 30, 1957, at St. Dionysus Catholic Church in Tyler, Minnesota. They moved to Luverne where they made their home and raised their children.

Tony worked at IBP from 1961 to 1980. He then bought the Adrian Mini Mart in Adrian, where he worked with his wife for 38 years. He also owned a pizza place in Fulda, Minnesota, and a store in Ashton, Iowa. The couple bought a home on Lake Shetek in 1991 and in 2008 they left their home of 36 years in Luverne to move full-time to the lake home. In April 2015, Tony and Loretta moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Tony enjoyed the outdoors while hunting, fishing, golfing, and gardening. He also loved to play the stock market and games. Traveling was one of Tony’s passions and he appreciated the time he was able to spend in Arizona with his daughter. He especially enjoyed simply sitting outside in the sun.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta; children, Steven (Glenda Bremer) Haper, Luverne, Deborah Smith, Sioux Falls, Diane of Luverne, and Deb of Fulda; six grandchildren, Anna, Elizabeth, Ben, Charles (Stephanie), Molly (Keith), and Abby; five great-grandchildren, Will, Sam, Declan, Kylah and Walter Francis.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathy McBride; son, Gary Haper; granddaughter, Mary Haper; parents, Henry and Anna Haper; brother, Ralph Haper; and three sisters, Vera Mersch, Margaret Gelderman and Betty Haper.

Hartquist Funeral Home, Luverne, handled arrangments. Visit

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