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Harvey L. Tomter

Harvey L. Tomter

July 23, 2005

Harvey “Harv” L. Tomter, 71, of Eau Claire,  died Saturday, July 23, 2005, at home.  Harvey was born June 15, 1934, in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, the son of Hensel and Lenieda (Johnson) Tomter.  

Harvey married Rose Hoffeditz on March 19, 1955, in Eau Claire.  He worked as a lab technician at Pope and Talbot for almost 40 years, retiring in 1995.

In 1951 Harv graduated from Senior High School in Eau Claire.  In 1953 Harv was signed by the New York Giants and ordered to report to their spring training camp.  While there he was an extra in “The Big Leaguer”, a Hollywood film.  Harv spent the season with the Giants’ minor league team.  In 1954, he signed with the Baltimore Orioles to play in their minor league team.  He played baseball for the Conoco Oilers, Strum and Pepin.  In 1961 he was playing with Tommy Millers where he pitched back-to-back 9 inning games to win the WBA state title. 

Harv also played fast pitch softball.  He played on nine state championship teams, most of them with Peters Meats.  In 1975, he was playing with She-Nannigans where he was named the MVP of the regional tournament at Aurora, IL.  In 1993, he was inducted in the Wisconsin Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame.  In 1991, he was in “A Face in the Crowd” in Sports Illustrated. 

He won National Paddleball Associations Championships five times in doubles and one in singles.

He managed the Cavaliers for 26 years, and served one year as pitching coach.  They won five Continental Amateur Baseball Association World Series titles.

In 2002 he received the amateur coach of the year award from the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association.  In 2003 he was featured in the cover story of Wisconsin West Magazine.

Harvey is survived by his wife of fifty years, Rose; three daughters, Chris (Bill) Welisek, of Cary, IL, Sharon (Ed) Legacy of Malone, NY, and Laura (Bill) Karker of Eau Claire, one son, Wayne (Sonia) Tomter of Eau Claire; grandchildren, Ryan and Steven Welisek, Travis and Shawn Legacy, and Kyle and Sara Karker; and a brother, Larry (Linda) Tomter of Eau Claire.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2005, at First Lutheran Church,  with the Rev. Dr. Duane C. Pederson officiating.  Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery.  Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church, 1005 Oxford Ave., Eau Claire and also one hour prior to services on Thursday.  Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Eau Claire Cavaliers, 310 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire, WI  54701, First Lutheran Church, 1005 Oxford Ave., Eau Claire, WI, 54703, or to St. Joseph’s Hospice, 2661 Cty. Hwy I, Chippewa Falls, WI, 54729.