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 Grygla - Palmer Lian, 87, died Tuesday, April 5, 2005 at his home in Grygla.
  Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 9, at Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla, with Rev. Mary Ronning-Gilthvedt officiating. Casket bearers included Palmer’s grandchildren. Honorary casket bearers included Palmer’s great grandchildren. Interment was held at St. Petri Cemetery, Valley Township, Marshall County.
 Palmer Lian was born April 12, 1917 at Flom, the son of Lars and Mary (Aune) Lian. He was baptized into the Lutheran Faith in Flom and confirmed at Moose River Lutheran Church in Gatzke.  In 1922, the family moved to Canada for a few years before moving to Gatzke, where he attended Loven School. Following school he lived and worked on a farm.
 On October 24, 1938, Palmer was united in marriage to Gail Johnson at the Grygla Parsonage.  The couple made their home in Eckvoll Township near Grygla.  Palmer farmed and drove school bus until 1955. He was a crane operator and worked bridge construction Jardine Bridge Company and Swingen Construction Company.  In 1973, Palmer retired from construction.  He helped Duane on the farm and helped Gary run a crane. He also started and operated Grygla Trailer Court.
 Palmer was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and served on the board. He was a charter member of Grygla Lion’s Club and member of Grygla Senior Citizens. He also served as Eckvoll Township Treasurer. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, passing his love of nature to his children and grandchildren. 
 Survivors include his wife, Gail of Grygla; four children, Duane (Janet) Lian of Grygla, Richard (Donna) Lian and Gary (Eileen) Lian, all of Warroad and Sharon (Curtiss) Hovet, Casper, Wyo.; 12 grandchildren;  three step-grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; six step-great grandchildren; two sisters, Luella Foss of Fargo, N.D., and Myrtle Gilbert of Thief River Falls; sisters-in-law, Edna Lian of Dilworth, Audrey Johnson of Grygla, Joyce Rieck of St. Paul and Edna Johnson of Grygla and many nieces and nephews.  
 He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Henry, Sidney, Orville, Eilert and Gilferd; sister, Evelyn Brandt; brothers-in-law, George Gilbert, Percy Foss, Albert Brandt, Art Johnson, Erwin Johnson and Adrian Johnson; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Lian, Vivian Lian and Alpha Johnson; and grandson-in-law, Duran Olson.