Funeral services for Anthony "Tony" O'Keefe of Morris will be held Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 11:00 AM at First Lutheran Church in Morris. Reverend Todd Mattson will be officiating. Visitation will be held Monday from 4 to 8 PM at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be at Summit Cemetery in Morris.
Anthony Leo O'Keefe, son of Michael and Shirley (Bellmore) O'Keefe, was born May 4, 1961 in Breckenridge, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Catholic Church in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Tony grew up and received his schooling in Wahpeton and graduated from Wahpeton High School in 1979. After his graduation he worked several jobs until moving to Morris. On April 6, 1985 he was united in marriage to Kathy Kussatz. From this union two children were born. Tony settled in Morris and began working in auto sales. For the last thirteen years, he worked in sales at Morris Auto Plaza.
Tony was a member of First Lutheran Church and the Morris Sports Boosters. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and especially fishing. He fished in several walleye tournaments in the area every year. He also enjoyed golfing and especially spending time with his family and friends.
Tony died on Friday, April 17, 2009 at Fairview Southdale Medical Center in Edina, Minnesota, having lived to reach the age of 47 years.
He is survived by his wife: Kathy O'Keefe of Morris; one son: Corey O'Keefe of Morris; one daughter: Katie O'Keefe (and special friend: Mitch Hufford) of Morris; father and mother: Mike and Shirley O'Keefe of Morris; one brother: Tim O'Keefe of Brainerd; three sisters: Barb (Curt) Gehrtz of Fargo, ND, Becky (Chris) Vogel of Morris and Tammy (Michael) Oliver of Melrose; mother-in-law: Minnie Kussatz of Morris; two brothers-in-law: Curt Kussatz of Rhinelander, WI and Arnie (Jeanne) Kussatz of West Fargo, ND; six nieces: Jami, Jolbi, Jill, Courtney, Kaitlin and Madison; six nephews: Kevin, Kyle, Zachary, Breydin, Nicholas and Chandler; two great-nieces: Keera and Addison and two great-nephews: Brice and Kaedan. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Ira and Catherine Bellmore, Bill and Catherine O'Keefe; and his father-in-law, Earl Kussatz.
Serving as pallbearers for the service are: Jason Carter, Dave Hagen, Rick Hagen, Kevin Beyer, John Kath, Jeff Stein, Kevin Kussatz, and Kyle Kussatz. Honorary Pallbearers are: Tony's Nephews: Zachary Oliver, Breydin O'Keefe, Nicholas Oliver and Chandler Vogel and Tony's Nieces:" Jami Kaiser, Jolbi Kussatz, Jill Kussatz, Courtney Vogel, Kaitlin Vogel and Madison O'Keefe. Deb Mahoney will serve as organist for the service with John Kleinwolterink serving as soloist. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.