FAIRMONT - Paul M. Hallstrom, age 84, of Fairmont, passed away the morning of Dec. 1, 2012, at Valley Vue Nursing Home in Armstrong, Iowa.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. this evening, Dec. 4, at Red Rock Center for the Arts. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, and burial will be at the East Chain Evangelical Free Church Cemetery.
Paul Milton Hallstrom was born April 5, 1928, in Silver Lake Township to William and Ruth (nee Larson - Ackerson) Hallstrom. He attended school at Spires Country School and graduated from Fairmont High School in 1948. Paul served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict from 1951-1953.
In 1956, he married Sandra Bennett at Bethel Evangelical Free Church. They lived in East Chain, Minn., for several years before moving back to his family farm. Paul and Sandy celebrated 56 years together in November 2012.
From a young age, it was Paul's desire to farm. He loved getting up early in the morning and going to the barn to do chores to surprise his father. Later, he was honored to farm the land on which he was born. He took great pride in his work and being a steward of the land. In any endeavor he undertook, he always did his very best. Paul was a man of few words but his actions spoke for him. He believed it was a privilege to serve; whether it was his Lord, his country, or his neighbors.
Paul taught Sunday school, served as a church trustee, enjoyed singing in the choir, was past chairman of the East Chain Veterans Association, served as chair for the East Chain Evangelical Free Church's parsonage building committee and was a volunteer at Red Rock Center for the Arts.
Paul is survived by his loving wife, Sandra. He was a devoted father and grandfather who was proud of his four daughters; Deborah Johns (Ron) of Anaconda, Mont.; Jacquelyn Plunkett of Spring Park, Minn.; Ingrid Marshall (Jonathan), of Excelsior, Minn.; and Jennifer Finlay (Lee), of Minnetonka, Minn.; and delighted in his eight grandchildren; Ryan and Andrew Kopp, Alexander Plunkett, Paul Johns (Jamie), Carly Johns, Benjamin and Aidan Marshall, and Luca Finlay; and one great grandson, Roman Johns.
Other survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Elna and Arnold Sexe, of Worthington, Minn., and their sons Dean Leonard (Beverly), and David Hallstrom (Miki); brothers in law, Robert "Bud" Bennett, Wayne Bennett (Carol), David Bennett, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ruth Hallstrom.
Memorials are preferred to the Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont.