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Philip J. "Jim" Quale

March 26, 1921 - Oct. 29, 2013

SPICER - Philip J. "Jim" Quale, 92, of Spicer died Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. His funeral service will be 10:30 am, Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Hope Presbyterian Church, rural Spicer. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment is in Fairview Cemetery, Willmar. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson and Johnson Funeral Homes. www.hafh.org. Memorials preferred.

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Jim, born in Murdock, Minnesota on March 26, 1921, is the son of Martin and Sophie (Haugen) Quale. He grew up in the Murdock - Sunburg area and attended school near Spring Creek before moving to Willmar where he graduated from Willmar High School in 1940. He worked for Great Northern Railroad before entering the United States Army, during WW II, serving in the 999 Signal Corps. While he was serving, he was stationed at the Pentagon and later in Europe, mostly France. While Jim was home on leave, he was united in marriage to Maxine Lewis on July 22, 1943 in Willmar. Jim and Maxine lived in Willmar and enjoyed summers in Spicer until making Green Lake their permanent home in the early 1970's. Jim worked as a salesman for Minnesota Electric Supply, retiring in 1980.

Jim enjoyed the outdoors whether he was hunting, golfing or fishing. He was an experienced pilot and loved dogs. His love of the outdoors took him to South America and Alaska. Jim and Maxine traveled throughout most of the United States, Europe, Norway and the Holy Lands. While traveling in France, they stayed in the same hotel that had served as Jim's headquarters while in the Army.

Surviving are his wife, Maxine of Willmar; children, Bruce (and Ann) Quale of Spicer; Dan (and Marcia) Quale of Spicer; Dave (and Becky) Quale of St. Cloud; seven grandchildren, Jeff (and Molly), Mark (and LaRayne), Scott (and Kim), Seth (and Sarah), Jed (and Jenny), Lynn (and Aaron), and Rachel (and Tom); eight great grandchildren and his brother, Dr. Dean (and Myra) Quale of Spicer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Marilda (Cookie) Thorstad, Miles Quale, and Doris Beito.

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