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“I was sad to hear of Harry's passing. He and Evelyn can now be together again. They gave me my first baby sitting job when Johnny was born. I grew...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: Patricia Nelson - Ann Arbor, MI

“I can't imagine my hometown of Bricelyn without Harry and Evelyn Risius The loving couple who embodied the beauty of Bricelyn and the friendship...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: Janice Clementaon - MN

“Sincere sympathy. There is such a strong bond with fathers and daughters that is so special. You and your family are in our prayers. ”
3 of 3 | Posted by: Harlan Madsen - Lake lillian, MN


Harry Frederick Risius, age 95, of Bricelyn, MN, died Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at St. Luke's Lutheran Home in Blue Earth, MN. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Bricelyn Lutheran Church with Rev. Nancy Dreier officiating. Visitation will be Friday, December 30, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Bricelyn, MN, and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be at Bricelyn Lutheran Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Bricelyn American Legion Post #165. Memorials may be given in his honor to Bricelyn Lutheran Church, Bricelyn, MN 56014 or United Hospital District Hospice, PO Box 160, Blue Earth, MN 56013.
Harry was born January 3, 1921, on a farm near Austin, MN, to Jacob and Hattie (Bestje) Risius. Harry went to country school south of Brownsdale, MN, and graduated from Austin High School in 1938. After doing many small jobs in the area, he volunteered for service in the Army Air Corp in 1942. Instead of the Air Corp he was assigned to the 176th Infantry Regiment and trained in Washington, DC, and Fort Benning, GA. After 8 months, he was able to join the Air Corp, getting his wings in 1944. Harry was an instructor in twin engine planes, and then trained in the B17 Flying Fortress. The surrender of Japan ended all training and Harry was discharged in November 1945 as a Second Lieutenant.
On April 22, 1945, Harry was united in marriage to Evelyn Hoffman at St. John's Lutheran Church in Owatonna, MN. Evelyn was with him during his service years in ... READ MORE →