Published in the Pine City Pioneer June 29, 2017
James Wallace Pahos, who died June 14, was born on Feb. 10, 1932, in Markville, Minnesota, a town he loved.
“Paca,” as he was known for the last 28 years of his life, enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska during the Korean War. The April upon his return home, he married the love of his life, Joan. They stayed by each other’s side for sixty-three years until she passed away earlier this year.
Jim worked for the Soo Line Railroad and later Northwest Airlines until his retirement in 1992, upon which Jim and Joan moved to Las Vegas and then to northern Virginia to be near family. For Jim, these years were filled with copious amounts of golf, hours building and fixing gadgets in his workshop, leisurely egg and sausage breakfasts at Bob Evans, and cherished time with his family. Anyone who knew Jim will never forget his radiant smile, his can-do attitude, and his dedication to his friends and family.
Jim and Joan will be laid to rest together this summer in Markville in the Pahos family plot. Jim is survived by son, Steven Pahos; daughter, Paula Pahos (Joel VanVollenhoven); brother, Jon Pahos (Judy); his grandchildren Maggie Armour (Will), Lainie Pahos, Will Pahos, Sammie VanVollenhoven and Jackie VanVollenhoven.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Zion Lutheran Church, 78389 Bergman St., Markville, MN 55072.