Curt Pals, 64, of Belmond, suddenly passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019 at his home.
Funeral services for Curt Pals will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 304 3rd Avenue Northeast in Belmond, with Pastor Dave DeKuiper officiating. Burial will take place at Belmond Cemetery in Belmond.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Ewing Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Curt’s family.
Curtis Ray Pals was born on September 28, 1954 in Belmond to Alvin and Eleanor (Soma) Pals. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church. Curt graduated from Belmond High School in 1972. He was very active in 4-H and FFA in school and showed pigs at the county and state fair. Curt loved farming and farmed for 50 years. He started digging graves with his dad in 1978 at the Immanuel Reformed church and now has expanded to 14 cemeteries. He was the most skillful mini excavator operator who worked with great precision.
Community service was very important to Curt. He was involved in the community in many ways, including: Jaycee’s (receiving the Distinguished Service Award, Jaycee of the Year, and many project awards), Wright County Farm Bureau, Wright County Extension Board, Wright County Fair Board, Hancock County Co-op Board, and Pleasant Township Trustee. He also helped decorate Main Street in Belmond every year for Christmas and made fireworks for the 4th of July. He served as President of Trinity Lutheran Church multiple times and was on many other committees. He was a Golden Harvest Dealer and also worked at Syngenta until the time of his death.
He was married to LuAnn Houg on August 22, 1987 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Belmond. They made their home on the Pals Family Century Farm. Together they had three children; Kevin, Steven, and Laura. They spent a lifetime of farming and giving back to their community. Spending time with family was always a priority for Curt. He enjoyed bonfires and playing cards. He loved trips to Las Vegas and South Carolina with his Syngenta friends. One of his favorite topics of conversation was farming and machinery.
Curt was the kind of person that would drop anything and help someone in need. He was kind, gentle, and loving. Curt was a man of God and served as a role model to his family and was a true inspiration for all. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, LuAnn. His children; Kevin (Ashley) Pals and grandson John of Belmond, Steven Pals of West Des Moines, and Laura Pals of Belmond. His siblings; Doug (Diana) Pals of Fort Myers, FL, Barb (Jim) Boelman of Belmond, and Luann (Steve) Huling of Hampton, including many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Eleanor Pals; and grandparents, Lambert and Marie Pals & Norris and Eveline Soma.