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Pahl, Arthur S. 1918-2003


Posted By: Mary Holub, volunteer (email)
Date: 2/18/2008 at 21:29:27

BRUNSVILLE, Iowa -- Arthur S. Pahl, 84, of Brunsville passed away Saturday, May 24, 2003, at his daughter's residence in Sioux City.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Brunsville, with the Rev. Daniel Stegen and the Rev. Peter Boe officiating. Burial will be in St. John Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Craig, Iowa, with military rites conducted by American Legion Heeren-McHale-Wilken Post 724. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., at Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars, Iowa. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church.

Arthur S. Pahl was born Nov. 17, 1918, on a farm near New Leipzig, N.D., to August and Christian (Bassler) Pahl. He attended country school and assisted his family with the farming. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 21, 1942, at Fort Snelling, Minn. He proudly served his country during World War II in the European Theater as a motorcycle courier with the 90th Division, Armored Engineers Battalion. He served in Normandy, France, the Rhineland and the Ardennes. He attained the rank of technician fifth grade prior to his honorable discharge on Oct. 24, 1945, at Camp McCoy, Wis.

On April 2, 1946, he and Myrna Bunch were married in Sioux City. The couple made their home in Sioux City and he worked at Armour Meat Packing. They moved to a farm near Sac City, Iowa, for a few years, where he was an accordion instructor. They returned to the area and operated a restaurant in South Sioux City for two years. He then went to work for Cargill in Sioux City as a stationary engineer. He worked for Cargill until his retirement in 1981.

Art and Berlien Oltmanns were united in marriage on Aug. 26, 1972, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Brunsville. They made their home across the street from the church. Berlien passed away July 30, 1995. He remained in Brunsville until becoming ill. For the last month he lived in Sioux City with his daughter, Jeanette.

He will be remembered throughout the area for his wonderful gift of music. He had spent countless hours entertaining many with his accordion music. He volunteered a great deal of his retirement playing for benefits and at area nursing homes as well as numerous family events and contests. More recently, he played for more than 500 people during an accordion jamboree at the Plymouth County Museum in Le Mars, Iowa, and took first place at a music contest in Yankton, S.D. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and American Legion Heeren-McHale-Wilken Post 724 of Brunsville.

He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter and her husband, Jeanette and Mark Cote of Sioux City; a stepson and his wife, Darrell and Gwen Oltmanns of Elkhorn, Neb.; three grandchildren, Nicholas Cote, Amy Elwell and her husband, Scott, and Melissa Cote, all of Sioux City; four great-grandchildren, Ashley Cote of Sioux City, Nicole Cote of Hawarden, Iowa, and Mark and Nick Cote of Sioux City; three stepgrandchildren, Dean and Dwayne Oltmanns of Omaha, and Michelle Squier and her husband, Jeff of Golden, Colo.; two great-stepgranddaughters, Kyra and Elizabeth Squier of Golden, Colo.; three sisters, Christina and her husband, Ross Mick of Minneapolis, Marie Bender of Harvey, N.D., and Esther Pahl of Minneapolis; two brothers, Herbert Pahl and his wife, Minerva of Minneapolis, and Henry Pahl of Leith, N.D.; a special friend, Jean Kleihauer of Le Mars; and special friends, Janice and Bill Renken and their children and grandchildren, Debra and her husband, John Ahlers, Rebecca, Jill,Kristin and Daniel Ahlers and Denise and her husband, Neal Anthony and Brendan, Tanner and Chance Anthony.

He also was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Suzanna and Anna; and six brothers, Otto, Adolph, Arnold, Albert, August and Ruben.

Memorials may be directed to St. Peter Lutheran Church in Brunsville, Plymouth County Museum in Le Mars and the American Cancer Society.

~Source: The Sioux City Journal, May 27, 2003

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