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James "Jim" Pahlke

May 12, 1973 — December 5, 2023

Boynton Beach, FL

James Dale Pahlke was called home to be with his Lord on December 5, 2023, from his home in Boynton Beach, Florida. He was born May 12, 1973, in Winner, South Dakota to Dale and Linda Pahlke.

He lived the first nine years of his life in Winner, South Dakota where he started school. During that short time in grade school, he learned how to wrestle which he really enjoyed doing. He lost his very first match and the sadness on his face was so cute, he wanted to cry…but he didn’t, and after that match the determination of that young man was set for anything he wanted to accomplish.

In 1983, he moved with his family to Hebron, North Dakota. At age 12, he was already a young entrepreneur with a lawn-mowing business and a small weekly paper route that kept him very busy. Next came his fascination with car stereos.  Jim even swapped a good one out of his dad’s vehicle to make a deal with a customer.

As an eighth grader he started playing sports, football and basketball. His biggest interest was in track which he excelled at. As a freshman junior varsity member, he ran a 3200 meter race in 12.40.55, setting a new record for Hebron junior varsity. He also competed in 1600 meter runs. He always put in many extra miles after practice which made him a good distance runner.

Following high school and up until the time of his death, Jim had a business of buying used cars, refurbishing them, and then selling them.  Jim had the ability to negotiate a good deal that would benefit him the most.  He had the biggest heart and will be deeply missed and loved forever.

Left to mourn him is his father, Dale Pahlke (Cindy) of Bismarck; his mother, Linda Pahlke of Mandan; two sisters, Shelley Martin (Todd) of Pueblo, CO and Courtney Pahlke of Minneapolis, MN; his brother, Jay Pahlke (Stacey Thomas, fiancée) of Bismarck; along with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Jim was preceded in death by his grandparents, Erney and Lorraine Pahlke, Rose and Richard Sullivan, and Edward Weihe; uncles, William Weihe and Mike Hill; and his aunt, Mary Hoy.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 18th at Legacy United Methodist Church, 4600 Durango Dr., Bismarck.  A luncheon will follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the Pahlke family prefers memorials to the North Dakota Stockmen's Association, the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, or the Missouri Slope Areawide United Way.


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Monday, December 18, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Legacy United Methodist Church

4600 Durango Dr, Bismarck, ND 58503

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