Osseo community loses Osseo Hugger Harry Beier

“There is nothing like a hug,” was a favorite saying of Harold Beier.

The “Osseo Hugger,” Beier, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at the age of 90. He was also an Osseo High School and University of Minnesota super fan.

He was born Sept. 22, 1922, at 3:55 p.m. in Maple Grove Township. He recently celebrated his 90th birthday at the Osseo-Maple Grove American Legion. Services for Beier were Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Osseo.

He attended Osseo High School, and was in a class of 23 students.


Beier had been to every Gopher football home game without a miss for the last 67 years. He was a ticket holder for Gopher basketball since 1946. He was also the oldest OHS alumni member who still attended all football and basketball games at Osseo Senior High.

Beier lived in Osseo for 28 years, until a storm in 2005 destroyed his home and he then relocated to Maple Grove.

According to the Evans-Nordby Funeral Home website:

Beier is survived by his granddaughter, Michelle Stutlz; grandsons, Jeff Hanson, Dale Hanson Jr. and John Hanson; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Helen (Wright); and parents, Fred and Minnie (Krueger) Beier.

Beier was an Army veteran, serving overseas from November 1943 to February 1946.

He was employed at the University of Minnesota’s Mineral Research Resource Center. Among the projects he worked on there was processing taconite for mining companies.

He was a member of the Minneapolis Horseshoe Club.

Beier also was introduced to bowling in 1941 through the OHS team that went to ABC in St. Paul. His team won a trophy for OHS. He also went to ABC bowling tournaments all over the United States, winning many team championships in league play over 60 years.

He also played all major sports at OHS. He reached the state regional tournament in baseball as a pitcher.

Beier pitched on the Osseo American Legion team. After high school and the service, he played many fast-pitch teams, slow-pitch teams and later managed some teams.

He was involved in many senior organizations, serving as president and board member. He became the coordinator of the Walking Club out of North Memorial Hospital.

Beier was also a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Osseo.

-Compiled by Alicia Miller