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Percy D. Pardis Nov. 23, 1936 - Dec. 22, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS -- Percy Dean Paradis, 72, of Spicer died Monday at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Evangelical Free Church in Willmar with a private family burial.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. There will be no visitation at the church on Saturday.

He was born Nov. 23, 1936, in rural Marshall to Walter and Lela (Willard) Paradis. He grew up in the Cottonwood area and graduated from Cottonwood High School. In 1954, he entered the U.S. Navy and worked on aircraft aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard until his discharge in 1957.

He married Virginia Mae Petersen on March 30, 1958. They farmed in rural Marshall for 25 years and in Montevideo for five years. He later worked as a flock supervisor for Willmar Poultry Company for 15 years.

He was a member of Evangelical Free Church of Willmar where he was an usher and a member of the care committee. He also volunteered at New2You Thrift Store.

He is survived by his wife; children: Joan (and Daryl) Hoffbeck of Red Wing, Jill (and Tom) Goris of Willmar, Judy (and David) Gatheridge of Waconia, Jon (and Darla) Paradis of White Bear Lake and Joel Paradis of Spicer; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and siblings: Donna (and Gene) Vandeputte of Marshall and Mel (and Dee) Paradis of Spicer.

He was preceded in death by a brother.