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Killebrew, Harmon Clayton Jr.
June 29, 1936 - May 17, 2011. Harmon Clayton Killebrew, Jr. passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on May 17, 2011 after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Harmon was born June 29, 1936, the fifth child of Katherine Pearl May Killebrew and Clayton Killebrew, Sr. in a house in Payette, Idaho. Harmon excelled in all sports and lettered in Football, Basketball and Baseball all four years of high school. Harmon was offered a football scholarship to the University of Oregon, but signed with the Washington Senators at age 17 so he could help support his mother due to the passing of his father the previous year. His kind and generous heart has been one of Harmon's most memorable and endearing qualities. Harmon was too young at age 17 to sign the contract with the Senators, so his older brother Gene had to sign for him as his guardian. The first major league baseball game Harmon saw was the first one he played in. Harmon stopped playing football in his junior year when his mother and his sweetheart were worried about him getting hurt. This lasted several weeks when at one of the games the bleachers collapsed and he said "if you can get hurt watching football, I may as well be playing," and he suited up and was back in the game. Luckily, his coach brought his uniform to every game just in case. He did eventually get a knee injury playing football, requiring surgery. It was that injury that slowed him down as a runner when he later joined the Washington Senators. Harmon Married Elaine Roberts of Payette, Idaho in October, 1955. They had five children together; Cameron, Kenneth, Shawn, Kathryn and Erin. Harmon and Elaine were married for 34 years and divorced in 1990. Harmon then married Nita Fairbank Patten in 1991. She had four children from a previous marriage, Megan, Melissa, Sari and Jake. Harmon became a loving and supportive step father to them all and loved them dearly. Harmon and Nita enjoyed many special gatherings with all their children and this brought Harmon great joy. Harmon played for the Washington Senators Baseball Club in Washington D.C. from 1954-1960. He then moved with the team to the Twin Cities and played for the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1961-1974. Harmon's final year in Major League Baseball was played in Kansas City, MO for the Kansas City Royal's Baseball Club in 1975. Harmon's honors and awards include; 1959-1971 American League All star teams (13 times); 1969-1970 Player of the year, American League; 1959-1969 American League Home Run Champion (6 times); 1969 Most Valuable Player, American League; 1964 & 1969 Babe Ruth Sultan of Swat Award; 1970 Lou Gehrig Award; 1979 Idaho Sports Hall of Fame; 1980 Idaho Distinguished Citizen Award; 1984 Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY; 1985 American League All Star Team (captain); 1987 Hubert H. Humphery Memorial Award; 1988 Babe Ruth Sultan of Swat Award; 1989 Kansas City Royals Nostalgia Award; 1996 Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame, Florida; 1999 Idaho Male Athlete of the Century; 2000 Minnesota Twins Baseball Hall of Fame; 2002 Olympic Torch Bearer; 2006 Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame; and 2006 Humanitarian Sports Hall of Fame. Harmon began a television career while he was still an active player with WTCN TV, of Minneapolis where he hosted The Harmon Killebrew Pre-game Show from 1961-1972. Harmon's post-player career began with television broadcasting again for WTCN TV, of Minneapolis , KPIX TV, San Francisco, CA, where he broadcast for the Oakland A's Baseball Club from 1979-1982. During that same time, Harmon also served as the A's Major and Minor League Hitting Instructor. In 1983 Harmon did broadcasting for KTLA TV, Los Angeles for the California Angels Baseball Club. Harmon then returned to Minneapolis to broadcast for the twins until 1985. After retiring from Major League Baseball, Harmon went into private business in Boise, ID. In 1990 Harmon moved to Scottsdale, Arizona and established Professional Endorsements, LLC, through which he conducted endorsements and appearances. Harmon's later years were spent raising funds for charitable organizations. Harmon and Nita established the Harmon Killebrew Foundation to raise funds for other 501(c)3's in honor of his mother who reminded him frequently "we are here to help each other son!" Harmon's foundation now has established the Harmon Killebrew Legacy Program to raise funds to build Miracle League Fields for physically disadvantaged children in Payette, Idaho, Phoenix, Arizona, Minneapolis, MN and Washington D.C. as well as scholarships programs for Payette High School athletes. Harmon has always had compassion and sensitivity to people who are disadvantaged or suffering, and in particular children. Through his foundation, Harmon raised over $10 million for charity. Harmon wants to be remembered for his principles, love of his fellow man and his love for his family. Harmon was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Eula and Patricia and brother Gen. HE is survived by his loving wife Nita, his children Cameron (Karen) of Atlanta, GA, Kenny of Minneapolis, Shawn Bair (Craig) of Sandy, UT, Kathy Taggart (Jim) of Sandy, UT, Erin Killebrew of Upland, CA, step-children, Megan Aubrey (Darin) of Meridian, ID, Lissa Lamb of Nashville, TN, Sari White (Brent) of Mesa, AZ and Jake Patten of Scottsdale, AZ. His brother, Bob, lives in Boise, ID. Harmon has 21 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Services: May 20, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., Christ Church of the Valley, 7007 W. Happy Valley, Peoria, AZ 85383, May 23, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Payette First Church of the Nazarene 1980 7th Ave. N., Payette, ID 83661. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Harmon Killebrew Foundation "Legacy Program." P.O. Box 14550 Scottsdale, AZ 85267. www.harmonkillebrewfoundation.org

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Published in The Arizona Republic on May 19, 2011.
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July 18, 2019
Mr. Killebrew, even though I am a New York Yankee fan since 1967, you have always been a favorite of mine as well as a hero. Every time the Twins came to town I made sure I never missed your at bats. I always enjoyed watching you play. Thank you for all of the wonderful times you shared with me and for being the Gentleman you always were on and off the field. I wish you Peace & Love and may you always be in the presence of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Alan Del Balso
April 11, 2018
I'll never forget Harmon choosing my question during a Twins telecast as my question read - What was the hardest ballpark for you to hit a home run in during your major league career ? and he responded with his answer the Kansas City royals ballpark. He then mentioned my name on the air and sent me an autographed ball with his very "Neat" signature on it .
Ray Basques
January 19, 2018
Growing up in the Northeast I wasn't able to see or watch much of Twins baseball, but thanks to my dad ( a baseball lover) I was exposed to the sport through the Sporting News. I caught Harmon towards the end of his career, but I always thought of him as a bigger than life person... big guy, big bat, big homers... as I read these messages it also appears he had a big heart. Thank you Harmon for bringing joy to so many baseball fans around the globe. Although I have been a Cleveland Indians fan since well... the river caught fire ( YouTube it -its there!) I always enjoyed watching Harmon. Thank Goodness the Yanks never got him!!! RIP Hammerin' Harmon
Bob Colling
May 17, 2016
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Harry Simpson
November 1, 2013
In 1966 or 1967 my family drove from San Lorenzo, CA to Idaho to visit Clyde Oswald who was a long-time friend of my dad. One afternoon we took a short drive to another guy's house and Clyde, my dad and this other guy had a couple of beers on the front porch. After a while my dad says to me "Do you know who this is?" I said "No" and my dad said "Well, this is Harmon Killebrew, the greatest baseball player to ever walk the face of the earth!" I will never forget that day as long as I live!
Bruce Butturff
November 20, 2012
I have thought of you for many years as I am a Killebrew fan forever. May I finally get to meet you heaven.... And as I am also a Killebrew it would be amazing if I were related. I amd daughter of Dale Henry Killebrew 8-6-1924. I am 47 born 8-15-1965.
Louise noreen Killebrew
March 5, 2012
I met Mr. Killebrew before a card show in Sacramento back in the late '80's, opening the door to the hotel the show was at. He politely thanked me, and later signed a 1973 baseball card I brought with me. I miss going to those old card shows when I was younger, but the memory of being up close to my favorite player is something I will always remember. Life isn't eternal; our memories only last as long as we allow them to. Thank you for a wonderful moment in my childhood, even if it was only memorable to me. RIP "Mr. Logo."
Chris Dail
September 3, 2011
Harmon & Nita
Forever and Always
My Lover, My Friend
Forever and Always
'till we meet again!
Nita Killebrew
July 25, 2011
dean weller
July 17, 2011
one of my favorite all time players
neil pasquale
June 7, 2011
Harmon and Jo at Cooperstown, NY
This picture of Harmon and me was taken at Cooperstown NY on August 4, 2001, the day Kirby Puckett and Dave Winfield were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Being that it was over 100 degrees that day, Harmon was concerned about being sweaty... but I told Harmon, as I put my arm around his shoulder, that I liked my men sweaty... he really laughed at that
Jo Eastman
May 30, 2011
Harmon Killebrew was a true long ball hitter. He tied my hero, Carl Yastrzemski, in 1967 for the AL home run lead. I witnessed a Killer homer in Sept. 1961 into the left field upper deck at Yankee Stadium.Mantle and Frank Howard were known for power, but Harmon was shoulder to shoulder with them. I was moved by the funeral story in the Idaho Statesman from Payette. What a favorite son!
Charles Bell
May 29, 2011
Thanks to the Killebrew family for sharing
Harmon with the rest of the world. I became a big fan as early as 1963, as the Twins were beating my White Sox. I soon became a Harmon fan,cutting out box scores, clippings etc. I, looked up to Harmon as a role model, as a person for all the right reasons. Even though i collected all the usual stuff, cards,bats,gloves, photos, and all, my most cherished item is a Christmas card from the Killebrews and dogs. Harmon was wearing a Santa hat......I guess it was official...Harmon was Santa Claus too! Best to all,and let us continue the great work. Ray Morris,San Marcos Calif
May 28, 2011
Harmon Killebrew was one of a kind, in many positive and impacting ways. As a young kid, he was my favorite baseball player - back when my brother and I used to listen to the Twins games on the radio. He remains so even now. More telling is that Harmon remained the same wonderful person throughout his career and beyond - a true role model. I hope the love and respect felt by so many Harmon fans can help the Killebrew family through this time. We will never forget Harmon.
J. Schumacher
May 27, 2011
To the Killebrew family, our deepest condolences and prayers for you in this time of sorrow. May you cherish the rich memories developed throughout your lives. He was my boyhood hero and always has been #1 in my heart. I was born in Boise in 1956 and since we both are Idahoans, this admiration and respect ia a natural. I pulled out an autographed keepsake picture just the other day that he signed for me when I was a kid and it says: Larry, Good Luck & Best Wishes, Harmon Killebrew. It has always been truly a prized possession. HK will always be fondly remembered throughout the baseball world and society. May you rest in peace #3.
Larry Smith
May 27, 2011
"My first Twins game at Met Stadium was a birthday gift from my sister, Deb. I was twelve years old and loved the Twins. I was so extremely shy that my sister asked for autographs for me. Mr. Killebrew was so very kind and took a moment with us and signed my yearbook ... a special memory that has left a lifetime impression ! Blessings upon Family and Friends and all those who loved him and will miss him." Tarrie Mastley Davenport (Bemidji, MN)
May 27, 2011
"My first Twins game at Met Stadium was a birthday gift from my sister
May 27, 2011
I was born the year Harmon signed with the Senators. I spent my youth listening to Ray Scott and Herb Carneal as I followed my hero. I wish I could have been at the memorial. Thank you Harmon for sharing your life with us in Minnesota-rest in peace good and faithful servant.
Jim Molde
May 26, 2011
Harmon Killebrew Family. He was a very
fine gentleman. Met him on several
occcassions in the Pacific Northwest and also in Minneapolis.
I was a Major League Baseball Scout for
38 years. What a fine individual and
a great ambassador for baseball
Larry D'Amato
May 26, 2011
My Harmon tie
Hey, I forgot to tell you.... I finally wore that HOF tie you signed and gave me. I wore it to the celebration of your life service. Love ya always...... Frank
Frank Morrisroe
May 26, 2011
Harmon and his "pal" Frank
You were the only father I ever had, Harm. I loved you on earth and I will honor and cherish the memories I have of you and the many "adventures and chats" we had along the way. I was your date at the All Star game (even rode in the HOF red carpet parade with you in NYC!), your golfing buddy at Micky Mantel's golf tournament, your golf buddy at home (you witnessed my first eagle!), your driving partner to chemo (we played Frank Sinatra to and from!), my lunch pal (we both always got the same thing!), my inspiration to always want to help with your many charities and so much more... I somehow feel your spirit and presence and will never forget you and will always be there for Nita and the rest of your family...I loved how you called me your "pal"... with my deepest love and admiration may you rest in peace... Your "really old son", Frank
Frank Morrisroe
May 26, 2011
Thank you for being an approachable and real hero to the kids, like myself, in Minnesota who grew up in the 60's. It didn't matter where in the state you were from, the Twins players would make appearances at stores and shops around the state, and would never charge for an autograph. This is when the players love for the game showed through all the time. Your nature and warmth will always be miised, as well as your contributions to the communities and especially to those kids who were often overlooked in our daily lives. Rest in peace Harmon, and may God bless your family and all who love you.
Mark Freeman
May 25, 2011
Our loss is Heavens gain. Rest in Peace.
Dennis & Glenda Mendiola
May 25, 2011
Harmon's death made me cry.

Originally from Park Ridge, IL, in the mid-'60's, I'd race home (about a mile ride) on my Schwinn with it's white banana seat and high handle bars so I could listen on my transistor radio to what was left of a game the Twins had going that day. After the Cubs, the Twins and the Orioles were my favorite teams and I was able to pick up the Twin games somehow on that little radio. Back in those days (62-66), they would hit a TON of homers, score lots of runs and it was just so much more exciting that what the Cubs were doing. I even remember the day in '64 listening to the Twins hit 4 homers in a row!!

Anyway, I'd hurry home, go upstairs to my bedroom and listen to the game while laying down on the floor and playing a dice baseball game. I'd keeping standings, using baseball cards sorted by each team and putting line-ups together and making pitching changes of my choosing. I'd roll the dice, write down the outcome on a homemade scorecard, flip the next card over from the pile to the next batter, roll the dice, etc. I still remember hauling my little grammar school butt home one warm, drizzly spring afternoon and as I turned down my street, my bike slid out from under me on the wet pavement and I skinned my knee pretty bad. Funny what you remember....

Anyway, Harmon was a BIG part of my childhood for those years (plus the '60's were baseball's glory years) and I guess I feel a part of that will be leaving me, not to mention that I feel bad that he has had to suffer in the process. I will probably cry for a week when Arnold Palmer passes away?

Scott Jones
Mesa, AZ
Scott Jones
May 24, 2011
Wow, What a loss America has suffered to lose a superstar baseball icon the likes of Harmon Killebrew. I'm 57 and my brother is 55, we were sure fortunate to have been born at a time to truly appreciate the greatness and charisma of this baseball god, younger fans were shortchanged by not knowing him and witnessing what a remarkable player he was, only stories related to them from others who followed his career or what they read about him in books. I remember how delighted I would become if I was lucky enough to get a Killebrew Card in my pack of Topps or Donruss, I recall once trading Koufax, Mays, and Mantle to get Harmon in return, that's the type of regard I held for him and how awesome he was to a young kid. This man was the absolute best, as ball player and human being, You Sir, Mr. Harmon C.Killebrew did not leave an indelible imprint on the baseball field, more accurately you left dinosaur tracks for future generations to uncover! The Twin Cities Shall Never Again Be Blessed In Equal Parts, The Depth, Breath And Dimension That Defined You, Often Imitated, Never Duplicated! RIP #3 Gentle Man!!!
Robert Rudolph Mehl
May 24, 2011
there will never be a other baseball player like you in the history of baseball. god,please take care of this gentleman.
gary carlson
May 24, 2011
gary carlson
May 23, 2011
Harmon....you were my idol growing up like many others. I read the "Harmon Killebrew Story" many many times in elementary and junior high. You really are one of those "Salt of the earth" people. I listened to your funeral on the radio and cried. The love of your family and friends are a testiment to you, your character and the upbringing of your folks. You truely will be missed and yes...the sun seems a little dimmer today. You will be missed not only for your baseball skills, making sure each person wanting an autograph recieved one....but also for your modesty, love of your fellow man and your down to earth mentality that everyone loved.

Take care Mr. Killebrew....you are so much more than a Great Baseball player!!
Gordon Chinander
May 23, 2011
Words can't properly express what Harmon Killebrew means to Payette! He was our childhood hero, even as we watched him play at our old Pirates ball field. We knew he was special then. We're proud of his success as a ball player & as the great, but humble man he became. Harmon will remain in our hearts as a friend to all.
Gerrie Ahrens Stults
May 23, 2011
Harmon Killerbrew back in the 60's when me and my brother had our all star game in our backyard Killer always made the squad. Great player and person RIP
Alvin Hicks
May 22, 2011
I was a visiting batboy in Milwaukee and later the Assistant Clubhouse Manager. I worked there from 1970 - 1976.

We worked with all of the visiting teams of course, and I never met a kinder, more humble star than Harmon Killebrew. Only a few other athletes I worked with could rival your class - Henry Aaron and Stan Musial - and
of course Jim Kaat - were in the same league of truly humble people despite your Hall of Fame caliber. He was always so soft spoken and kind to all of us, and the Twins were my favorite team to work for - so many great guys - one of my favorites Danny Thompson; Rod Carew, Jim K, Frank Quilici, Rich Reese, Tony Oliva, etc etc - one very special group of people. I was always thrilled when the Twins came to town.

I wanted to share a story that I never will forget, nor will my family. My youngest brother Tim, now a very
successful health economist at Washington University, came to visit the clubhouse one day, as Rod Carew was his favorite player. Tim was struggling at the time, due to not being a good athlete and being teased at school. When he came into the locker room, and people heard him tell
Rod that he was his favorite players, many of the other players were teasing "he's a bum - come on, I should be your favorite player!" He was surprised and it was very funny, and he enjoyed the good nature bantering. Harmon took him aside later, and spoke with him, telling him that Rod was a great player.

Even more incredible, he and Jim Kaat who had lockers next to each other, found out from him that there was a baseball clinic in town for kids happening the next day that my brother would attend. The Twins had a
night game that next day, so when he and Jim showed up in a cab, and when I said to them how kind it was that they would attend, they said that they had nothing better to do, and what better to do then help kids learn how to play baseball.

Even more incredible than that, they both spotted my brother Tim when they arrived, walked up to him and said hello to him, and gave him direct attention at the clinic. The other kids mouths were open that they knew
Tim, and his status with other kids rose significantly. That act of kindness meant the world to him, and truly boosted his self esteem. He will remember that kindness the rest of his life. I will too, for the class it showed, and what separated both of these players from other players and
people I have ever met.

I want to say thank you for the example you set for me, your teammates, and every one in baseball. Because I met every player in the American League, any clubhouse guy knows right away who has class, kindness, and a humanity where everyone is treated with dignity and
respect. You modeled that not just for me, but countless other people you have encountered throughout your life.
Patrick McBride
May 22, 2011
Killebrew was my idol since childhood. He was an inspiration. I will never forget his class and his outstanding power with the bat.

Rafael Isas, Mexico
Rafael Isas
May 22, 2011
there will never be another Harmon Killebrew. One of the best.
Robert Malenius
May 22, 2011
Farewell to my childhood idol. May you rest in eternal peace. Baseball has lost a great ambassador and the world has lost a great man.
Mark Boudreau
May 22, 2011
A good man off to a greater place. Thank you Sir for your grace and dignity.
Kathleen Nulph - transplanted Minnesotan
May 22, 2011
Harmon Killebrew will always be rembered for the the moon shots he would hit out of any Major League ballpark. He was truly one of the most feared left handed hitters in baseball. True there was Mickey Mantle, Duke Snider, George Brett & many many more but it was the killer who can crush a ball a country mile with his nice easy swing & made it look easy. During the 65 World Series vs the Dodgers The killer crushed the ball completely out of the ballpark. Clearly it was foul but can you imagine how far it would have gone had it stayed fair ? What strength this gifted athlete had ? RIP Harm you will be missed by MLB players & fans around the world.
Tony Lordi
May 22, 2011
I followed his playing days very close, What a player and gentlemen, He will be missed.
May 22, 2011
A true American Hero
Lynnette Skluzacek
May 22, 2011
I never met a finer man than Harmon Killebrew. Not only was he a baseball legend , but a also a wonderfull roll model for all that knew him.
Harmon carried himself with a dignity and style all his own. It was not just what he said or did that made him so special -- it was the way he made others feel. He made everyone feel like they were his best friend. A kind man with a gentle heart that could really swing a bat. Thank you Harmon for all that you have done for others. You spirit will live on forever. Rest in peace my friend and may God comfort your family and friends during this difficult time.
Ken Galyen
May 22, 2011
It was always a joy to watch the Twins when Harmon Killebrew played. I saw him in Utah many years ago signing autographs. He generously signed one on a handkerchief for my niece when the Twins won their first World Series. I also remember him and his family at Church in MN. I taught his younger children in Primary and his oldest son was one of my home teachers. A kind and gracious family. My sincere condolences. He will be missed!
Christine Carlicci
May 22, 2011
Thank you for being such a class guy. My grandpa (Bob Saban) used to talk about baseball all of the time and you were included in his memories. Some of those memories came from the golf course as well. Both of you played at a time when it was even more difficult to be the best in your profession with so many less teams. You, like my grandpa, did everything with class and represented your family, your team, and your country with absolute respect. Thanks for everything you did for so many people.
R Jason Wallace
May 22, 2011
40 years (U.S. Navy Seabees NMCB-4) Okinawa
Adrian Barnette
May 22, 2011
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Adrian Barnette
May 21, 2011
There will never be another person that emulated the grace & charm that Harmon did, not only in his professional life but more importantly in his private life. The Minnesota Twins will never know another player such as Harmon who gave so much to the game, but also gave so much to his fans. "Touch em all" Harmon - I'm sure you and Puck are still swinging away in heaven.
May 21, 2011
The Killebrew Family-
I will always remember going to Met Stadium with my Dad to see the Twins play. Harmon Killebrew was something special to see. As an adult it has been a joy to see Harmon back at Twins events and in Spring Training being such a wonderful example to the young players just coming up. He was a part of the tapestry of my life and a key reason I am a baseball fan to this day. My sincere condolences to his family, friends,teammates and to the Minnesota Twins.
Nancy Kolacke
May 21, 2011
Fergie & Friends 3-25-09
Thanks Harmon for the many, many memories. I will always remember the time we walked around DFW airport waiting for our flight to Houston.
David Borchardt
May 21, 2011
Welcome Above to the largest domed stadium in existence, where angels adorn the ceiling, how's the ultra rarified air in these parts, Harmon? Mr. Killebrew was one of the most beloved and closely followed baseball icons of The 60's & 70's when it was a pleasure to sit down in one's living room and watch Saturday's Game of the Week, especially when the Twins were playing, oh what a joy to hear Tony Kubek or Curt Gowdy speak the name Harmon Killebrew, almost in reverence, wow what a great time to be alive in a bygone era. Well folks, with all the uproar about The World coming to an end, it's well past 6:00PM and I see we're all still here, It wouldn't surprise me in the least if Mr. Killebrew charmed The Lord into changing His Mind! RIP #3 HCK - American Baseball Hero To Millions!!!!!
John Earl Mehl
May 21, 2011
Killebrew Family--I am from Montgomery, MN.My mother an aunt cleaned Harmon home in Prior Lake Year of 70s for along time.Harmon was a great person. He will be missed. God Bless Killebrew Family
Marion Flicek
May 21, 2011
To the Killebrew Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Harmon was truly "one of a kind." Over the years I tried to keep up with the happenings of you all...Harmon, Nita, Megan, Lissa, Sari and Jake...hoping someday to reconnect. I was stunned to read of Harmon's illness and followed the 4 days closely believing he would be fine. What a great man, what a huge loss, what a stellar legacy. These pages are testimony to a good life lived. Thank you, Harmon, for sharing your spirit so well that others record your history. May that spirit live on forever. With sympathy and love,
Susan, Larry, Jefferson, Helen (Frisbee) Jenkins
May 21, 2011
condolences to this family on their loved ones passing minnesota twin player is my home team he will be missed rest in peace
susan elliott
May 21, 2011
A true role model. I enjoyed watching Harmon play baseball in the old Metropolitan Stadium. A devout husband, father, and grandfather! I especially admired his Christian beliefs and values and his constant demonstration of those values and principles! He will always be in my thoughts! May God's grace and peace be with his wonderful family!!
Neil Lien
May 21, 2011
He was a respected favorite in my youth. May he rest in peace, and may God bless him and his family.
Tom Pillion
May 21, 2011
When I was living in Fruitland going to school I found out that I was going to have to go to Denver,Co to have open heart surgery. Harmon was in Denver at that time playing in a exhibition game and I was able to go meet him in person and have my picture taken with him and it was put in the local paper. This was in 1957 and I still have the clipping and picture of us. I will never forget Harmon and I followed his baseball career. Will miss him. I was twelve at the time of my surgery.
Dale Patrick
May 21, 2011
Scrolling through so many, over five-hundred, memories, personal stories and blessings from coast to coast as well as entries from abroad is a testimony to an American hero and a true gentleman.
May 20, 2011
A good man leaves good memories, a good taste, and a good vision of how good Heaven will be. We will see you soon. Thanks for the wonderful memories. My Dad especially admired him and encouraged us to be a good person like Harman Killebrew. So glad he lived his whole life true to that goodness.
Kit Sober
May 20, 2011
Thinking of you Maureen
May 20, 2011
May 20,2011 To All Killebrew Family Members, I too met Harmon as a 8 year old boy in 1961. As I think of that meeting now, I've always wondered how Harmon was able to give so much, and how this effected his children. As I watched Cam today, all I could think of was how lost I felt at my fathers death. The hurt does get better you will heal. As a lifelong Harmon fan I would like to Thank-you for sharing your Grampa,Father,Husband with us.
May 20, 2011
Nita. I wish you and yours all the best during these hard time.
From the kid at the Maverick
May 20, 2011
I was working for a hospice agency in Las Vegas many years ago, and Mr. Killebrew was our spokesperson. He was out meeting patients, and so I met him. He was so nice....though I had no idea who he was until I went home and told my boyfriend "I met someone named Harmon Killewatt". Oh boy! I seemed to be the only person who didn't know who he was, but I was quickly educated. He was just so dang nice to everyone! Condolences to the family and fans of this great man!
Therasa DeBiase
May 20, 2011
RIP Mr. Harmon. I remember watching you when I was a youth and remember how my dad idolized you.
Doug Pilant
May 20, 2011
Harmon Killebrew always represneted the integrity of the game. Although I am a Giants fan and Willy Mays will always be my baseball hero, Mr. Killibrew is a CLASS ACT and my condolences go out to the Killebrew family. This is a man among men and an inspiration to all little boys who ever played baseball.
Jim McLean
May 20, 2011
Baseball has lost a great ambassador. I was fortunate enough to be at today's service at CCV. It was a great tribute to a wonderful man. My prayers are with Mr. Killebrew's family and teammates. He was truly a class act.
Jeff Griffith
May 20, 2011
Harmon, with a heavy heart I say goodbye to you. As a young boy in the twin cities, one of summers highlights was to sell enough candy bars to earn a ticket to the Twins knothole game with my friends. We got a ticket, a hot dog and pop and even a chocolate "frosty malt". And if we were really lucky we got see "Killer" hit one over the fence and we all had our gloves ready to catch it. Losing you has reignited those memories of many years ago. Sunny days of long ago when things were so much simpler. Minnesota has lost a treasure and thank you from a twin cities kid who is proud to have had the opportunity to be a part those met stadium days that I'll never forget. God Bless.
Mike Langevin
May 20, 2011
Harmon was always our family's 'high school' hero in Payette, Idaho. The Brogan/Shurtleff family members never missed a game in our Baseball town. As an adult, I considered Harmon a good friend....and my late husband kept in contact with Harmon. When I look at the BB logo, I see Harmon. I am so sorry for the loss of this gentle, kind and amazing man.
Patricia Horyna
May 20, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the Killebrew family. My Dad (Bob Saban) played baseball with Harmon in 1957 with the Charlotte Hornets when I was 5. I will always remember Harmon as a gentle man with large upper arms. I also remember seeing Harmon hit the ball out of White Sox park; not an easy feat. Harmon will be greatly missed and is a baseball icon! Always, Brenda Saban Carlson, Champaign, IL
May 20, 2011
I wish peace and love to Harmon's family. I remember him coming to our house (my dad was John Hussman) and I went to a couple of his games with my dad. He was such a wonderful man. I was always so proud that we knew him.
Karen Hussman O'Neil
May 20, 2011
May 20, 2011
Growing up in Boise, ID Mr. Killebrew was someone I always looked up to, I started following his career when I just 10 years old.....1962. I have been a life long fan and was lucky enough to meet him several years ago. What a humble person and a complete gentleman. You will be missed Harmon Killebrew. May God bless you and your family.
Gary Nordquist
May 20, 2011
So many people's lives were affected by Mr. Killebrew's actions on the Baseball Field. We as Fans of His will always remember the frame of a Man, Determined to do his part to better the game.
Through his death, we know all the more of the faith filled man who was a Star in our eyes.
Harmon, You have hit the ball out so many times. Thankyou for encourament to us.
Ron Goedken
May 20, 2011
Harmon will be deeply missed by all that knew him. He went to school with my husband and has been remember often in conversation. Prayers are with his family at this time. Rest in Peace, Harmon.
Sherry Young
May 20, 2011
Harmon and the Yankees
One amazing moment in Harmon Killebrew's playing career happened for my family. My brother had a cast on his broken arm. We were at Met Stadium looking for autographs along the third base dugout. Someone saw my brother's arm and led him to these three future hall of famers - Yankee greats Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris along with Twins favorite Harmon Killebrew. We weren't phased by the Yankees because Harmon was our hero. Our prayers reach out to his family and friends.
Daren Flinck
May 20, 2011
My hero growing up on the north shore of lake superior.
fred bonin
May 20, 2011
My first date with my wife was a Twins game in 1971. We sat in the left field bleachers and cheered for Harmon to hit number 500. He didn't get it that night, but we talked often of that night over the last 39 years. Feels like one of the family is gone.
John Regan
May 20, 2011
i can hear my grandpa and my great aunties, yelling at the radio, while listening to the ballgame on WCCO. this was WAYYYYY before there was ESPN
"Run Harmon, Run!!!!!"
Harmon was a great ball player. He helped little kids in wheelchairs to play baseball just like little kids should be able to do. He took the time in his busy life to stop and talk to his fans, signing their autograph books. He was all around great person and will be deeply missed.
The young sports players of all sports should stop, listen and learn something from this great man. He gave back so much more to the world then he ever took from it.
laurie jensen
May 20, 2011
I grew up in the Washington, DC area in the '50s when Harmon came up with the Senators. He was the finest home run hitter that I ever saw, and he became also a fine RBI hitter, and when he could reach the ball he was also a fine fielder! I continued to root for Harmon and
the Twins after they left this area, and I want to say how sorry I am to
hear of the passing of this fine home run hitter and fine man.
John Parsley
May 20, 2011
Mr. Killebrew was the definition of class and humility. As great an athelete as he was, he was an even greater person. Always gracious,always humble, always Harmon. Killebrew Family, here is yet another story you can share about how great a man Harmon was. The Killebrew's lived in Scottsdale. My twin brother worked for an upscale grocer that the Killebrew's would frequent. Being native Minnesotans, of course my brother recognized Harmon. My brother went over quietly and introduced himself to the Killebrews and just let them know if they needed anything to let him know. The Killebrews came in for years afterwards and they always greeted him by name and always stopped for a chat. Baseball declared him a Hall of Famer in his profession but more importantly his actions defined him as being a Hall of Famer in his life and legacy. Thank you #3.
Brad Thompson
May 20, 2011
As a young child growing up in nearby Fargo, ND, Harmon was averyones Baseball hero. Thank you Harmon for the wonderful memories. When you say "Minnesota Twins", you immediately speak Harmon Killebrews name. My sincere condolences to the entire Killebrew family, and the MInnestoa Twins organization.
John Fitch
May 20, 2011
Mr. Killebrew was alsways a favorite of my Dad and grandfather because they came from Payette, Fruitland, I was born in Ontario as well. He will be missed, He was a gentleman both on and off the field. My families condolences.
Milt Friedley
May 20, 2011
I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Killebrew in an airport while I was in the military. I heard him being paged so I thought I would out of curiosity check it out. To make a long story short, I spoke with him very briefly and got his autograph. He was very congenial and very down to earth. I told him I was a Yankee fan and he let out a hearty laugh. I told him I remembered the shots he hit out at Yankee Stadium. What a nice guy. Harmon rest in Peace from an old soldier...
Paul Mangano
May 20, 2011
With a toast to a great man, I finally opened and enjoyed my bottle of Killebrew Root Beer. I have very fond memories of attending Twins games with my family in the 60's. Harmon Killebrew was a household name and everyone in the Twin Cities thought of him as a personal friend. Next time I'm at the Mall of America I will be sure to visit Harmon's seat.
Ginger Chabot
May 20, 2011
Thank you, Harmon, for all the great memories during your years as a Minnesota Twin. I will never forget sitting in the Left Field seats at Met Stadium waiting for you to hit another home run out to us. May the Lord bring comfort to your family. Now you are in heaven with my Grandmother. She loved to sit by the radio listening to the Twins after they first came to Minnesota and always cheered for you each time you came to bat. You were her favorite. Thanks for the Memories.
Mary Ernst
May 20, 2011
Dear Killebrew Family,
I met Harmon at a Twins game once and I feel forever BLEST to have met him in person...he told me that I reminded him of his Mother because I am only 5' tall and he said that she was also short like me...I tell you, I felt so happy that I made him think of his Mom...I walked away that day feeling like I had just met one of the GREATEST men on this earth...Thank you to all of you for sharing this SPECIAL MAN with all of us! He will be so very missed...FOREVER!!!!! Love and Prayers to all of you and God Bless You and Harmon! Love, Brenda Pauly
Brenda Pauly
May 20, 2011
I have such wonderful memories of dad taking us kids to The Met Stadium to watch our beloved Twins play. Thank you Harmon for all the wonderful memories.You were such a hero to so many people & you will be missed by all.
Sandy Daniels
May 20, 2011
I went to my first Twins game in 1964 when I was in 8th grade. I had admired Harmon from afar watching games on TV. But this was my first time to see him in person. The White Sox scored two runs in the first inning. The Killer batted in the first inning and hit a hanging changeup on a line into the left field seats. It was hit so hard that the seat fractured and you could see wood flying in the air. The score stayed that way until the last of the ninth. Eddie Fischer came into pitch and Harmon lead off the inning. He hit the first knuckeball on a mammoth parabola into the bleachers in left to tie the game. Tony Oliva hit the next knuckler into the right field seats to win the game. I cheered for 15 minutes. As happy as I was that day, I am that sad now thinking about Harmon's death. May he have eternal rest.
Patrick Held
May 20, 2011
I lived in the former birthing hospital in Payette for seven years that Harmon told me he was born in. I had the pleasure of meeting him on three occasions in his hometown, and unfailingly he was considerate to a fault, appreciative of his position, and a delight to be around. Payette, Idaho, and the world are fortunate to have had Harmon Killebrew as a member of its extended family.
Gordon Smith
May 20, 2011
My mother would be saddened by the passing of Harmon. She loved baseball and she always told me of updates about how Harmon played. She really had no interest in any other sport or player, so he must have really been a hero to her. Bless you all at this time.
Kathy Little
May 20, 2011
So few are able to touch the lives of so many. Harmon, Thank You for your gift to humanity. I know the Lord, Our Father has welcomed you home with open arms. May God Bless you and watch over your family.
Ann Marie
May 20, 2011
I remember when you stepped up to the plate. Your powerful arms and back muscles could barely be contained within your uniform. When you took that huge swing it was awe inspring and when you hit it just right, you launched the ball so far and so high that all I could do was stand and stare in amazememt.
Michael Patmas
May 20, 2011
To the Family & Friends of Harmon, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy and yet, my joy and faith-filled sentiments that Harmon is now in God's House, at the home plate of Heaven. He is now basking in the glow of the most loving and merciful gaze of Jesus standing atop the Pitcher's mound as Harmon awaits His Almighty pitches, all fastballs right down the middle. Those pitches signifying Jesus' Message "Well done, good and faithful servant . . . so well done!" And with every swing, Harmon is connecting and sending each ball into the vastness of all eternity. He rounds all the bases and arrives back at home plate - homer after homer after homer. Harmon, you really are at Home now, where there is no striking out, no being hit by a pitch, and no foul balls....The best and most powerful homerun hitter in Minnesota Twins' franchise history, through his courageous acceptance of his illness, the carrying of that heavy bat [cross] of suffering and his peace-filled surrender by his physical death, has hit the longest and most important homerun of his life....the homerun that put him in God's Hall of Fame in the eternal city of Heaven.

I never met Harmon in person, but always felt I knew him because he was such a humble gentleman who simply nurtured his natural abilities that God gave him, never flaunting his talents, and became an exceptional, hall of fame baseball player...a professional that fans like me could connect with. I too feel sadness about Harmon's illness and the sufferings he endured and that he has left us at such a young age by today's standards.

As a young girl growing up in Janesville, Minnesota, Harmon was my favorite Minnesota Twin and every summer I looked forward to the Knights of Columbus Minnesota Twins Day because we kids got a free bus ride, spending money and an entry into Metropolitan Stadium to see the Twins play. Seeing Harmon play in person was such a treat for me.

Anyway, I remember one Sunday morning in August 1974 (if my memory is correct) after my family came home from Mass, my dad said to my mother as I was standing nearby "Hazel, I think I'll drive up to the Met today and see the Twins play...do you suppose anyone would like to go with me?" Oh boy, what a surprise for me and I said "Dad, I'll go with you." without any hesitation whatsoever. It just happened to be "Harmon Killebrew Day" that particular Sunday, and dad, knowing Harmon was my favorite Twin, had it planned all along that he was going to take me to that game and already had the tickets. What a day it was for me...My sister Debbie and I went with dad to the game. We sat behind homeplate some distance away. Debbie and I were in such awe to be sitting in boxseats and not the left field bleachers where we usually sat at those K of C games. It was the most memorable Twins game I ever attended (far outpacing the game I attended with my Uncle Jerry at the Metrodome in the mid 80's when the dome roof collapsed and the game was suspended). I don't recall for certain how Harmon did at the plate that day, but it seems to me that he hit a RBI single. Harmon and his wife Elaine where driven around Met stadium in an open convertible with Harmon sitting atop the backseat waving at all the fans....to witness the adulation and love from all the Twins fans was such a moving experience for me...for sure one of those 'goosebump' moments. To top the day off, Debbie and I got the pleasure of introducing ourselves to Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale, both senators of Minnesota who attended the game and were sitting not too far from us...and we got their autographs to boot. What a great and memorable day for me and Debbie and I will never forget the generosity of my dad in arranging this opportunity to spend the day at the old Met, honoring my favorite Twin and taking it all in.

No matter what anyone else says, Harmon Killebrew was the best Minnesota Twin and he personified all that is good about the people of the upper Midwest (and of Idaho too!). It was Harmon who set the foundation and who nurtured what has become the demeanor, professionalism, character and personality of what it means to be a Minnesota Twin.

Thank you so much Harmon and may you enjoy, for all eternity, your place at Heaven's homeplate.

With much affection and admiration from one of Harmon's fans.

Teresa E Johnson, DDS
Waterville,, MN
May 20, 2011
God Bless you all through this time. I'm the last of the 12 Greif kids.
Mike Greif
May 20, 2011
I was working in Glacier National Park in about 2003 or 2004 as a tour guide. Through some friends who knew Harmon Killebrew I spent a little time talking to him and telling him about my vintage touring bus. He was very ready to pose in a picture with me in front of my bus in W. Glacier one sunny afternoon. He was truly friendly and down-to-earth. I knew in those few moments he was the kind of person you would like to call your friend.
Vic Daniels
May 20, 2011
Thoughts and prayers for the entire Killebrew family at Harmon's passing. He was a great man who gave many people great memories in both sports and charity .
Corey Hapgood
May 20, 2011
Some of my fondest childhood memories are of listening to Herb and Halsey broadcast the Twins games. Harmon was often the star of the game in one way or another. Always a first class person and a true Hall of Famer. Rest in peace, Killer.

Bill Frajman, Donahue, Iowa
May 20, 2011
Memories of a lifetme!
At Ft. Myers Florida in the Spring of 2009 I was so honored when I asked Mr. Killebrew if I could take a picture with him. He was truly a gentleman and said that he would.

Harmon cared about people, all people, young and old. He is and will always be a true hero to so many.

This photo is toally priceless to me because my Dad considered Harmon the best player in Baseball History and one of his dreams was to meet Harmon and stand beside him.

My Dad passed away in 1974 and now he will be able to stand beside him and shake his hand. Say "hi" to my Dad up there Harmon. A true inspiration to all both here on this earth and from the heavens above us!

My deepest Sympathy goes out to your entire family at this time. God Bless all of you!
Brenda Taffe
May 20, 2011
I grew up in Nampa, Idaho and my cousin went to Payette High. I watched baseball all the time with Harmon playing. He was one of my favorite players. I now live in Reno, Nv, and have taken care of one of his cousins at the V.A. there. All the family seems very nice. I am saddened to here about Harmons passing. Great ball player.
Randi Wasikowski
May 20, 2011
One of my fondest memories was watching baseball with my grandfather. When I read names of the great old-timers it brings those memories back. I certainly enjoyed watching Mr. Killebrew play and am grateful for the memories he helped creat for me. God bless the family and Harmon - enjoy that big game in the sky.
Zetta Earnhardt
May 20, 2011
Harmon Killebrew was the personification of the integrity and natural talent that prevailed in major league baseball of the past. He was a true and dedicated athlete who will continue to be an inspiration and role model for our youth. My condolences t Mr. Killebrew's family, friends, and legion of fans.
Les Breese
May 20, 2011
I met Harmon at a pizza parlor in Scottsdale a few years ago where he was signing autographs for a donation to charity. I wanted his autograph for my Mom in Philly. I was hoping I would at least be able to have him sign it "To Jean" but I got more than I bargained for. He was in a booth and rather than just sign the baseball I had, he invited me to sit down and I was able to tell him why I wanted this autograph.
When I was a kid in Philly, we played a game on the street called stickball. All the kids pretended to be major league players, mostly Phillies. I told my Mom that I didn't want to be any of the Phillies because they had such a bad team. Mom said "you could be Harmon Killebrew." I said "who is Harmon Killebrew?' She said "he's a baseball player and that's all I know but I love the name!" From then on, I was Harmon Killebrew when we played stickball.
Harmon thought that was a wonderful story and he got quite a kick out of it.
He told me a few stories about the times he played in the old Connie Mack Stadium.
I went for an autograph and left feeling about as good as a person can feel after meeting and talking with this wonderful man.
I gave the ball to my Mom for Christmas and she just loved it. She was as sad as I was to hear of his passing. Our condolences to the Killebrew family
Ray Fritzinger
May 20, 2011
Truly one of my boyhood heroes! I continue to respect and admire him to this day, not just for his accomplishments as a ball player, but even more for the example he has set as a husband and father.
Thomas Levin
May 20, 2011
RIP #3
I met Harmon in person in Arlington, TX at a sports show where he was signing baseballs. Everyone in line was told NOT to ask for anything personal, but being a HUGE Twins fan, I took the risk and asked him if he would sign the ball to Shanon (my name). The guy at the table started in on me about no personalized messages and Harmon told him it was fine and not to worry...this is what he wrote:

"To my friend Shanon - a great fan! Harmon Killebrew

He then posed for a photo with me.

This is a prime example of why Harmon was so loved and will be missed. He cared about PEOPLE. He was a true gentleman who never let his fame get to him. I left that table with the feeling that he was as happy to meet me as I was to meet him. Thanks for the memories Killer. Tell Puck and Herb we miss them too!
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