Gene PalyaGene Palya, 73, of rural Angus, MN, passed away on Thursday, December 30, 2010, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.
Gene Palya, 73, of rural Angus, MN, passed away on Thursday, December 30, 2010, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.
Gene John Palya was born on February 1, 1937, in Grand Forks, ND, the son of John and Anna (Zipoy) Palya. Gene grew up and attended school in Tabor, MN, and went on to attend the AC College in Crookston, MN. He then began employment at American Crystal Sugar Company in East Grand Forks, MN. On September 7, 1961, he was united in marriage to Pat Spaulding in Tabor, MN. Gene served in the National Guard for 8 years. Gene farmed in Tabor Township and also worked at American Crystal sugar in East Grand Forks, MN, for 44 years before retiring in 1990. Gene was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Tabor. He was also a lifetime member of the East Grand Forks American Legion and the Eagles #350. Gene enjoyed Twins baseball and watched Target Field grow in Minneapolis and went in August to a Twins Game. Every Friday night he enjoyed the River Cities Speedway.
Loving family members of Gene include his wife Pat of Angus, MN; children, Teri (James) Horgen of Oslo, MN, Tim (Stacy) Palya of Shakopee, MN, and Traci Palya of Angus, MN; grandchildren, Joshua (Katherine) Horgen, Eric (Katie) Horgen, Caleb Horgen, Derrick Palya and Allison Palya along with great-grandchildren, Alexis and Samantha Horgen.
Funeral Service: 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 in Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1515 5th Ave. NW, East Grand Forks, MN.
Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 PM with a 6:30 PM Prayer Service on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at Stennes Funeral Home of East Grand Forks, and 1 hour before the Funeral Service at the chapel.
Interment: Holy Trinity Lutheran Cemetery ~ Tabor, MN in the Spring.
Online Guestbook: www.stennesfuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Stennes Funeral Home, East Grand Forks, MN.