March 14, 1946 – January 24, 2022
Harlan (Harley) Edward Pool, age 75, of Buffalo, MN, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. He is now at peace following his courageous battle with Dementia. He touched the lives of so many, he was a bright spark in this world and will be deeply missed.
Harley was born to Ralph & Elane (Theisen) Pool on March 14, 1946, in Minneapolis, MN. He grew up in Rockford, MN where he helped his father and learned the masonry trade. He enjoyed sports and was on the football and basketball teams. Harley and love of his life, Holly (Altringer), were high school sweethearts. They became inseparable and together they shared life’s adventures, business endeavors, family, and their hobbies.
Harley lived a full, faith filled life! He progressed from masonry work to a position with Pako Corp, dedicating 18 years of his hard-working, can-do spirit. Pako closed, and Harley and Holly met life’s challenges by fueling their passion for creating hand-crafted decor and gifts as entrepreneurs. They traveled to fairs and festivals across the US. Later they opened American Hometown Gifts in Becker, MN (16 years), and a Russian Art booth at the MN State Fair (now in its 30th year). Holly continues many of these endeavors to this day.
Anyone that truly knew Harley, knew he had a big heart. He’d give of himself constantly and never expect anything in return. He loved all of life’s simple pleasures. He enjoyed the outdoors, watching birds (especially cardinals and loons), cabin time on MN Island (Leech Lake), fishing and teaching others to fish, hunting, boating, spending time with his family and friends. Harley was the most loving father a family could ask for and the friend you could always count on.
He is survived by his loving wife Holly Pool; Children Jeff Pool (Jeanne Marquette), Heather (Chris) Kalis; Grandchildren, Emma Kalis (Taylor Swart), Mason Kalis, Nick Pool-Hunt; Siblings Dale Pool, Pat (Thom) Flak, Lois (Duane) DesMaris, Ruby Capko, Barb (Gene) Keck. Preceding him in death was his Father and Mother Ralph & Elane Pool, Sister-in-Law Katherine Pool, Sister Karen Beyer, Brother-in-Law Gary Beyer, and Brother-in-Law Don Capko.
We are truly blessed to have received his unending love and care. As a family we look forward to passing on his legacy.
We take comfort in knowing that Harley is now at peace surrounded by light.
Visitation and Funeral will be held at St. Francis Xavier Church, 300 1st Ave NW, Buffalo, MN 55313 on Thursday, February 3, 2022. Visitation from 9:30am – 11am, Mass beginning at 11am with lunch to follow in the church basement.