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1937 Clifford 2014

Clifford E. Pahl

May 2, 1937 — June 17, 2014

Clifford E. Pahl, 77, of Ellendale, ND died June 17 at his home near Ellendale. The funeral is 10am Monday, June 23 at Zion Lutheran Church, Ellendale with Pastor Tom Eckstein officiating. Visitation is 2-6pm with a prayer service at 5pm Sunday at Hoven Funeral Chapel. Burial with Military Honors at Ellendale City Cemetery. Arrangements by Hoven Funeral Chapel, Ellendale. Clifford was born May 2, 1937 in Ashley, ND to John F. and Melita (Schweigert) Pahl. Clifford was baptized July 11, 1937 and later confirmed as a young man at the EUB Church in Forbes, ND. In 1960 he became a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Ellendale. Clifford was raised on a farm northwest of Forbes. He was educated in country schools and attended Forbes High School. He began working for area farmers and did construction work. Clifford married Lorraine Heipler October 11, 1959. They made their home in Forbes until 1962 when they moved to a farm near Ellendale where he raised grain and cattle until his death. Clifford served in the Army National Guard from 1954 to 1963. He was also an active member in the church serving on many boards and as an elder. He was a member of Maud Evans Saddle Club and enjoyed going to sale barns, rodeos, horseshows, dances (especially polka and waltz) and attending his kids and grandkids sport and school activities. On Clifford’s last visit to the University of Minnesota, He told the doctor, “I have had a good life; I have been married for 52 good years. I have four good kids that came home all the time. I’ve rode some good horses; I have had some good dogs, and still have a good dog. What more does an old cowboy need”. Grateful to have shared in his life are his wife Lorraine Pahl, Ellendale, ND; one son Douglas Pahl and special friend, Debbie, Watertown, SD; three daughters: Joleen (Troy) Schaffer, Aberdeen, SD, Lori (Jeff) Fox, Watertown, SD, Melissa Pahl, Fergus Falls, MN; six grandchildren: Riley Schafer, Christian Schafer, Presley Fox Morgan, Joshua Fox, Preston Fox, Kiesen Pahl; one sister: Janice Bertsch, Oakes, ND. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and four sisters.
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