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Paul Pfeifle

April 7, 1957 — August 2, 2011

Paul Pfeifle, age 54, a resident of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, at his home.Paul Raymond Pfeifle was born April 7, 1957, in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, the son of Raymond C. and Irene B. (Twedt) Pfeifle. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pelican Rapids. He grew up on Crystal-Lida where the family owned and operated Loghaven Resort. Paul graduated from Pelican Rapids High School in 1975. While attending college, Paul took over the family resort after the death of his father. He graduated from Moorhead State University in 1988. On July 30, 1988, Paul was united in marriage to Martha Jane Rozum at St. Leonard's Church in Pelican Rapids. Together they raised two daughters, Kathleen "Katie" and Elizabeth "Lizzie". In 2005, they closed the family resort. Paul was a respected and loved Viking Elementary School teacher, teaching 1st and 4th grade for 21 years. Paul was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Lake Country Cruisers. For 5 years he was assistant wrestling coach at Pelican Rapids High School. He served as co-chair for the Special Olympics for 2 years. Paul enjoyed restoring and driving old cars, playing "old man" basketball, water-skiing, pulling family and friends behind his boats, hunting, and listening to "oldies" music. Paul was always happy, especially when spending time with family and friends, he took pleasure in entertaining them at his home or "man cave". Above all, Paul adored his girls. They will cherish the time he took teaching them life lessons; whether it was instilling in them his work ethic, backing up a trailer, changing oil, or driving the boats. He was so proud of his daughters, particularly when he attended their school activities and sporting events. Paul is survived by his wife, Martha Pfeifle, Pelican Rapids, MN; daughters: Katie and Lizzie Pfeifle, both at home; brothers: Charles (Jo) Pfeifle, Oosterhout, Holland, and John Pfeifle, Largo, FL; sisters: Mary (Jim) Lambourne, Mesa, AZ, and Sylvia (Jeff) Fossen, Bemidji, MN; mother-in-law, Virginia D. Rozum, Mitchell, SD; nieces and nephews: Bob, Tom, and Emilie Pfeifle, Michael and Allison Lambourne, Matthew Fossen, Karin (Scott) Larson, Katie (Paul) Nelson, and Dan (Kim) Rozum, Kristi (Eric) Niehoff, Dan VanDerWerff, and Gina Bailey, and Sarah Anderson; brothers-in-law: Rev. George Rozum, CSC, South Bend, IN, and John (Tona) Rozum, Mitchell SD; sisters-in-law: Ann (Keith) Bailey, Centennial, CO, Mary (Kent) Anderson, Vermillion, SD, and Molly Rozum, Lincoln, NE; several aunts and uncles, cousins, and great nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Irene; and father-in-law, Leo J. Rozum.Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.Blessed Be The Memory Of Paul PfeifleFuneral Home:Larson Funeral Home304 3rd Street S.E.Pelican Rapids, MNUS 56572
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