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Lawrence M. Pahls, 87, Salina

SALINA – Lawrence Mathew Pahls was born on the family farm west of Tipton, Kansas on February 16, 1933 to Casper P. and Anna (Junk) Pahls. Lawrence passed away peacefully at his home in Salina, Kansas on March 16, 2020 at the age of 87.

Lawrence grew up on his family farm. He was the eighth born of eleven children. He graduated from Tipton High School with the class of 1951. He enlisted in the Army on February 25th, 1955 serving in Germany as an ambulance driver. While serving in Germany, his younger brother, Mike, got married and mailed him a piece of the wedding cake. He returned home on Christmas Eve and was honorably discharged on January 2nd, 1957. He worked a year in Riverside, California for the Power and Light Company before returning home to farm. He met Elizabeth Jean Schroeder (Jean) at the weekly town dance. They married on April 20th, 1960 at the St. Boniface Catholic Church and had been married for nearly 60 years. They began their married life on a farm South West of Tipton and together were blessed with three children.

Lawrence was a member of the St. Boniface Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #1645, 3rd degree and a Charter member of Senator Robert F. Kennedy 4th degree, #1552. His faith was of great importance to him. Lawrence loved Polka music and dancing with Jean. They enjoyed spending time at dances with friends and traveling together. He had fun hunting pheasants with the guys. One of his greatest passions was farming and caring for his cattle, which led him to sales and service of Harvestore equipment. Lawrence and Jean built a home in Salina, Kansas so he could continue this business. He took pride in his work and making sure his customers were satisfied. His knowledge, quick-wit, and hard-work led to a successful business. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and attending their activities. They remember him for his stories, jokes, and one-liners.

Lawrence is survived by his wife, Jean of the home; children Brian and wife Lauri Pahls of Tipton, KS; Lisa and husband Dale Merklein of Salina, KS; Brent and wife Jennie Pahls of Sylvan Grove, KS. 6 grandchildren; Dustin (wife Alisa), Ashley, Hannah, Mina, Kenneth, Jesse Pahls and a Pahls great grandchild on the way. Sisters Helen Blado, Great Bend, KS; Lilliann Harris, Bosier City, LA. Sister-in-laws Connie Pahls of Denver, CO; Loretta Coffelt of Beloit, KS; Eleanor Pahls of Beloit, KS. Brother-in-law Don Falting of Fredricksburg, TX. Numerous greatly loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Casper (Bud), Jake, Ralph, Dolores Powell, Angela Falting, Lewis, Merwyn, and Rosemary Deneke.

Memorials to St. Boniface Church Masses, Tipton Schools, or Kindred Hospice, McPherson, KS in care of Roberts Family Funeral Services, Beloit, KS.

The family is having a private service and burial. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Roberts Family Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be left at or mailed to 910 N. Campbell, Beloit, KS 67420.

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P.O. Box 309, Concordia, Ks. 66901

Phone: 785-738-3537