Gary Pahlen, Sr, 60, died Thursday August 9, 2012 at his home in Red Lake Falls, MN surrounded by his loving family following a battle with cancer.

Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, August 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN with Father Chuck Huck Officiating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Red LakeFalls, MN.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 12, 2012 from 5 - 8 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service at St. Joseph Catholic Church and also one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Gary Patrick Pahlen, Sr. was born February 25, 1952 in Crookston, MN, son of John and Lucille (Sewill) Pahlen. He was raised in the Euclid, MN area and was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Euclid. He attended school in Crookston.

On May 27, 1972 Gary was united in marriage to Bonnie Ducharme at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls. The couple made their home in Red Lake Falls. Gary had a career as a Superintendent at Vigen Construction Inc. consisting of over 40 years of employment. He was proud to have his two sons working alongside him.

Gary was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening. He had a great sense of humor and had a passion for creating extraordinary contraptions. He enjoyed spending time at the lake, time with his dogs, but most of all he loved the time spent with family, friends and especially his grandkids.

Gary is survived by his wife Bonnie of Red Lake Falls, MN; children Jay (Cindy) Pahlen of Red Lake Falls, MN, Gary Jr. (Beckie) Pahlen of Red Lake Falls, MN, Carissa (Tim) Sigdahl of Grand Forks, ND and Katrina (Keith) Landman of Grand Forks, ND: grandchildren Hunter, Riley, and Reese Pahlen, Luke, Holly, and Jacob Warva, Courtney and Caleb Pahlen, Chesney and Jaxson Sigdahl, Kellen, Kierstin, Tyson, Hudson, and Ava Landman. Mother Lucille Pahlen of Red Lake Falls, MN; siblings Cis (Art) Klipping, of Red Lake Falls, MN, Randy (Jeanine) Pahlen of Red Lake Falls,MN, Glenn Pahlen of Gentilly, MN, Frank (Bonnie) Pahlen of Red Lake Falls,MN, Laura (Curt) Beyer of Red Lake Falls, MN, Linda (Keith Fuller) Hanson of Mentor, MN, Val (Darin) Myhre of Red Lake Falls, MN. Sister in law Renae (Steve) Philipp of Red Lake Falls, MN along with many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father John Pahlen, brothers Donald, Theodore and Timothy Pahlen; father-in-law Jerome Ducharme and mother-in-law Dorothy Hagl and brother-in-laws Dale Ducharme and Delbert Schultz and nephew Darin Klipping.

We the family of Gary would like to thank all of you for your kind words, Father Chuck, Hospice of Red River Valley, Altru Cancer Center and Altru doctors and staff. A special thank you to Jeff Vigen and Vigen Contruction Inc.

Pallbearers: Jay Pahlen, Gary Pahlen Jr, Tim Sigdahl, Keith Landman, Dusty Hanson, Chad Pahlen, Sam Pahlen, Ben Pahlen, Luke Pahlen, Andy Pahlen, Herman Schultz, Jay Guillemette, Anthony Radniecki, Darin Myhre
Honorary Pallbearers: All of Gary's Grandchildren