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Fred Palke Sept. 16, 1924 - Sept. 17, 2008

CLARA CITY -- Fred Palke, 84, of Clara City died Wednesday at the Clara City Care Center.

The service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bethany Reformed Church in Clara City. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Harvey Anderson Clara City Funeral Home and continues for one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born Sept. 16, 1924, in Omaha, Neb., to Fred Sr. and Emma (Neuhaus) Palke. He grew up in Omaha and graduated from Benson High School in Omaha in 1941.

He married Virginia Engelhardt on Feb. 8, 1946, in Omaha. They lived in Blair, Neb., until 1958 when they moved to Louriston Township, Chippewa County, where they farmed.

He continued farming until 1974 when he started renting out his land until his son, Tom, began operating the land in 1978. He and Virgina retired and moved into Clara City in 1983, but he continued to help on the farm until the harvest of 2007.

He was a member of Bethany Reformed Church, served as a deacon and was active in the Men's Brotherhood.

He is survived by his wife; children: Susan (and Ed) Evenson of Beresford, S.D., Karen (and Earl) Henslin of LaHabra, Calif., and Tom (and Kathy) Palke of Clara City; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Adalene Palke and Margaret Johnson, both of Montevideo.

He was preceded in death by a brother and grandson.