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CLEAR LAKE — James Ramon Pals, 84, of Clear Lake, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at his home.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St., Clear Lake, with Pastor Dennis Ganz officiating.

Burial will be in Clear Lake Cemetery with military honors provided by the Clear Lake VFW Post 4868.

Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the funeral home.

Family suggests memorial contributions to the James Pals Memorial Fund.

Jim was born May 19, 1932, the son of Fred and Helen (Lundin) Pals in Wright County. He married Marian Pate on July 29, 1956, at Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake.

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Jim grew up farming with his family before serving in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and later transported gas for Dahlen Transport for over 40 years. He carried his interest for farming throughout his life, including custom baling hay with Darwin Nelson and Carl Reicherts for years and breaking horses and ponies with Darwin.

Jim cherished the time spent with his family and grandchildren. He spent many hours at the VFW with the three o’clock coffee club.

Jim is survived by his wife, Marian of Clear Lake; three children, Susan (Randi) Betts of Coralville, Kevin (Julie) Pals of Clear Lake and Cheryl (Jeff) Sheimo of Clear Lake; nine grandchildren, Jeffry Betts, Nathan (Candice) Betts, Bryce Betts, Todd (Abby Bohl) Pals, Adam (Lauren) Pals, John (Lynn) Sheimo, April (Lee Appel) Sheimo, Megan Sheimo and Katlin (John) Budach; 16 great-grandchildren; and three siblings, Robert (Lois) Pals of Clear Lake, Margie Nelson of Mason City and Gene Pals of Pine City, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Steven Pals; siblings, Carol Clark and Fred Pals, Jr.; three brothers-in-law, Darwin Nelson, Bill Pate and Ron Clark; a sister-in-law, Janet Pals; and parents-in-law, Jesse and Harriet Pate.

Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. Fourth St., Clear Lake. 641-357-2193. ColonialChapels.com.

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