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James "Jim" Bruce Plehal

James “Jim” Bruce Plehal


James “Jim” Bruce Plehal, Backus, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center, Pine River.

He was born July 21, 1940, to Alvin and Dorothy (Olson) Plehal in Minneapolis, Minn. He was the third of five children. Jim attended school in Hopkins, Minn., and graduated from Hopkins Eisenhower High School. He was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Hopkins and later Bethlehem Lutheran Church, rural Backus. He also served several years as a member of the Hopkins Police Reserve. In 1961, he married his wife, Shirley, and they had three children. Jim started his working career as a carpet layer and later worked for Federal Stamping, Wrico Tool and Clow Stamping, before building a new home on their property near Backus in 1977. There he worked for Durkee Mfg. and later at Eveland Inc. “Scamp Trailers” for many years until he became ill.

Jim is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Steven (Kathy) Plehal of Harwood, N.D.; son-in-law, Kevin (Kim) Holm of Bemidji, Minn.; six grandchildren, Trina Holm, Trista Holm, Trish (Michael) Jedlicka, Derek Plehal, Trevor Plehal and Shannah Plehal; seven great-grandchildren, Hayden, Alex, Rory, Alana, Andreu, Adam and Aubrey; two brothers, Alvin Plehal Jr. of Minnetonka, Minn., and Douglas (Judie) Plehal of Savage, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim enjoyed family, friends and fishing and loved the country where he could watch the birds, deer and other wildlife.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Pamala Kay Plehal and Dawn Marie Holm; brother, Gerald Plehal; and sister, Darieanne Schafer.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 26, at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River, and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, rural Backus.

Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home.