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Darrel Pahl Obituary
Darrel "Red" Pahl

Darrel D. "Red" Pahl died Saturday, March 29, 2014, at his home near Aurora, SD. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Brookings, with interment in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitations will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to McCrory Gardens at SDSU or to First United Methodist Church.

Darrel D. "Red' Pahl was born Jan. 28, 1927, in Pipestone, MN, to Otto and Dora (Johnson) Pahl. After rural school and graduation from Ruthton High in 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during WWII. He attended SDSU where he was a member of the Junior & Senior Livestock Judging Teams.

He married Doris Jean Sharp on September 11, 1949, in Brookings. His working life included ranch foreman, land management, Extension County Agent, State Irrigation Specialist and Agronomist for Pioneer Hybrid. Fourteen years were spent as the Turner County Agent during which time he built up the 4-H program that resulted in the large Turner County Fair held in Parker, SD. In appreciation for all his efforts, the people of Turner County presented him with the keys to a new Ford Station Wagon. He finished his extension career as State Irrigation Specialist.

Upon his retirement in 1984, he took the position of Irrigation Agronomist with Pioneer Hybrid. He developed a herd of Charolais cattle, raised Hampshire sheep and show chickens that won many awards at the South Dakota State Fair. Red was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Brookings, NARFE, Golden Service Club, Elks and Wood Carvers. He took part in the Honors Flight to Washington, D.C. He enjoyed hunting, raising pheasants for Rooster Flats, and helping young 4-H kids by providing them with projects.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Pahl of Aurora; four children: Craig (Colleen) Pahl of Brookings, Mike (Roseanne) Pahl of Custer, SD, Randy (Jennifer) Pahl of Carson City, NV, and Suzanne (Joel) Eberhart of Garden City, MN; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Norman Pahl of Tyler, MN; and a sister, Marilyn (Kenneth) Rose of Fergus Falls, MN. He was preceded in death by a sister, Leona Van Antwerp.

Published in The Argus Leader on Apr. 1, 2014
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