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Clarence Palmby

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Palmby, Clarence

Age 89

Of Minnetonka, MN

Formerly of Vernon Center, died Thursday, November 10, 2005 at his home. Clarence was born on February 22, 1916 to Ernest and Addie (Hartbeck) Palmby in Eagle Bend MN. In 1920 his parents purchased a farm in Vernon Center and the family relocated to Blue Earth County. Clarence attended the University of Minnesota where he received a degree in Animal Husbandry. On September 21, 1940 he married Janet Davis at the Vernon Center Methodist Church. Together they raised three children. In 1968 Clarence accepted an appointment as Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Foreign Trade and Commodity Programs under President Nixon and served in that capacity until 1973. Clarence then accepted a position with Continental Grain Company in Manhattan, NY and served as their senior vice president until his retirement in 1980. He and Janet then returned to Minnesota and built their retirement home in Marcell. In 1993 Janet passed away. Clarence married his second wife Emma Barz in 1999 who he had known since their teen years. Clarence is survived by second wife Emma; sons: Phillip (Janice) of Deming, WA, Thomas (Marilyn) of Chanhassen; grandchildren: Mathew Geidl of Washington, DC, Christopher and Richard Palmby both of Bellingham WA, Sara Bess of Montreal, Canada, Andrew Palmby of Deming WA, Jason Palmby of Chanhassen, Benjamin Palmby of Naperville, IL; two wonderful great-grandchildren; sister Gladys; son-in-law John Geidl Washington, DC; He was preceded in death by his first wife Janet; daughter Gail; sister Bernice; and brothers Raymond and Harold. Funeral Services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at Grace United Methodist Church in Vernon Center. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in Vernon Center Cemetery. Landkamer-Johnson-Boman Funeral Home, Mankato is handling the arrangements.


Published in Pioneer Press on Nov. 13, 2005
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