October 8, 1923 - November 29, 2014


Mass of Christian Burial for Harold L. Tisdell, 91, of Paynesville, formerly of Morton, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Visitation will begin at St. Louis one hour prior to Mass. Inurnment with military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at Calvary Cemetery in Morton.

Harold died on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Koronis Manor in Paynesville surrounded by his loving family.

Harold Lawrence Tisdell was born on October 8, 1923 on the Tisdell family farm outside of Morton in Birch Cooley Township to Edward and Charlotte (Neuens) Tisdell. He graduated from Morton High School in 1941. He served in the Navy from 1945-46 on the USS Apache until he was honorably discharged in 1946. He achieved the rank of Seaman First Class. Upon discharge from the service, he lived and worked in Los Angeles, California until 1948. He then returned to Morton to join in partnership with his brother Eugene in the operations of the family farm.

On June 30, 1956, he was united in marriage to Shirley Mae Morrow. Together, they had four children; Mary Lee, Linda Kay, Mary Sue and Timothy James. Harold retired from farming in 1980. After retirement, he and Shirley spent summers in a cabin on Lake Koronis outside of Paynesville and winters in Harlingen, Texas, until they moved permanently to a lake home on Lake Koronis in 1996.

Harold served as a Trustee for St. John’s Catholic Church in Morton and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He also served as Secretary for the Morton Lions Club. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. Following retirement, he became an avid golfer and was a longtime member of the Koronis Hills Country Club. His last round of golf was on his 91st birthday this October. In his later years he enjoyed making jigsaw puzzles and completing the daily Jumble Puzzles. He was a wonderful husband, dad and grandfather, with a quiet sense of humor and a calming influence on those around him.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley of Paynesville; children, Linda (Dan) Baun of Marshall, Mary (Brian) Heinis of St. Anthony Village; grandchildren Lindsay and Darren Baun, Jacalyn and Derek Heinis; siblings, Eugene (Marilyn) Tisdell, Geraldine (Robert) Simmons; sister-in-law, Phyllis Cole; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Lee; son, Timothy James; his parents; and sisters, Charlotte Swartz, Florence Jansen, and Harriet Smith.

Blessed be his memory.

A special thank you to Rice Hospice and Koronis Manor for their loving care.