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Thomas "Turkey" Hruza
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Birth: Sep. 19, 1936
Minnesota, USA
Death: Jun. 21, 2012
Wisconsin, USA

Thomas Turkey Tom E. Hruza, 75, of Melrose died Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.

He was born Sept. 19, 1936, to Joseph and Phoebe (Dvorak) Hruza in Lanesboro, Minn. On Sept. 15, 1956, he married Carol Risdal; they later divorced.

Thomas was a turkey farmer for many years. He later ran Turkey Toms Tavern in Melrose. He loved to garden, play cards and watch his grandchildren participate in sports. He also loved watching the Vikings, Gophers and the Twins. He really loved spending time with his family. He was a member of the Melrose Business Association, Rotary member, Melrose Rod & Gun Club, American Legion Neil S. Lewison Post 439, a charter member of the Quad County Turkey Federation and St. Kevins Catholic Church.

Tom is survived by two sons, Donald (Jan) Hruza and Steven (Deana) Hruza, both of Melrose; three daughters, Constance (Steve) Sprinkel of Rice Lake, Wis., Katherine (James) Jessessky of Holmen, and Jeane (John) Frank of Melrose; 12 grandchildren, Stacy (Troy), Steven, Jessica (Matt), Christine, Jamie, Jarod, Haley, Matt, Corey, Janelle, Matthew and Nathan; five great-grandchildren, Kyle, Makenna, Ava, Isabelle and Savannah; three brothers, George (Marlene) Hruza of St. Paul, Joe Hruza and Bob (Sharon) Hruza, both of Northfield, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 25, 2012, at St. Kevins Catholic Church in Melrose. Fr. Emmanuel Famiych will officiate. Burial with full military rites will follow in Irving Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2012, at Zwickey Funeral Homes Melrose Chapel and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Melrose Youth Baseball and Melrose-Mindoro Youth Basketball. Zwickey Funeral Homes Melrose Chapel assisted the family with arrangements. 
Family links: 
  Joseph A Hruza (1902 - 1984)
  Phoebe K Dvorak Hruza (1908 - 2005)
  John Joseph Hruza (1927 - 2012)*
  Joseph Robert Hruza (1930 - 2014)*
  Elizabeth R Hruza Marko (1931 - 1999)*
  Mary P Hruza Hanson (1934 - 2008)*
  Thomas Hruza (1936 - 2012)
  Philomena Kathryn Hruza (1938 - 1939)*
*Calculated relationship
Irving Cemetery
Jackson County
Wisconsin, USA
Created by: Kathy & Jerry Strickland
Record added: Jan 18, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103762353
Thomas Turkey Hruza
Added by: Joshua Caldwell
Thomas Turkey Hruza
Added by: Joshua Caldwell
Thomas Turkey Hruza
Added by: Joshua Caldwell
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