Edward Palan

Edward Palan

  • Funeral Date: 11/18/16
  • Funeral Time: 10:30 AM
  • Date of Birth: 4/10/38
  • Date of Death: 11/11/16
  • Funeral Location: Church of St. Dominic

Edward Francis Palan, age 78, of Dundas, died Friday, November 11, 2016 at Reflections on Three Links Campus.

Ed was born April 10, 1938, in Northfield, the son of Francis and Chiquita (Thielbar) Palan. He was raised in Dundas and graduated from Northfield High School. He worked picking up milk from area farmers and hauling it to the Webster Creamery. He also did custom butchering. Ed later served in the Army Reserves. He was united in marriage to Shirley Friesen on October 7, 1960 in Faribault. He worked for the Faribault Coop delivering propane and later the couple moved to Windom and began Palan Trucking. After living in Windom, they returned to Faribault and he went back to the Coop. Ed began working in the heating and air conditioning business and started installing furnaces as well as making his own duct work.

Ed was a craftsman, doing woodworking and carvings. He enjoyed fishing, old time music, and dancing. He made sure to enjoy life and a very important part of that life was his family and his faith.

Edward is survived by his children Donald (DeeAnne) of Corcoran, Lynn (Gary) Mayer of Savage, Cheryl (Mark) Anderson of Savage, Michael (Gina) of Faribault, special friend Lucille “Dolly” Roush of Dundas, 10 grandchildren Kirsten, Eric and Andrew Palan, Rachel (Andrew) Weber, Aaron (Lindsey) Mayer, Samantha (Thomas) Memmen, Danielle (Andrew) Steeg, and Joseph and Matthew Palan, and one great grandchild Josephine Mayer. He is also survived by three sisters Jean Jirik of Webster, Joyce (Fran) Perry in Wisconsin, and Barbara Prigge of Pine Island. He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley, his parents and a sister Bonnie Rohr.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, November 18 at 10:30 AM at Church of St. Dominic with Father Denny Dempsey officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service in the church. Burial will be at Groveland Cemetery in Dundas. Arrangements by Bierman Funeral Home. biermanfuneralhome.com


  1. JoAnne and Don Weed

    We offer our deepest sympathy to the Ed Palan family. A long time friend and was always so kind and he will never be forgotten. The Lord gave Ed so much talent and Ed shared it with many. Ed loved his family dearly. May Ed walk deeply in your hearts each day and may it comfort you. The Lord has taken Ed’s pain away and may he keep dancing in eternal happiness. May Ed walk deep within your hearts each day and may you find comfort. God bless you all and take a day at a time JoAnne and Don Weed

  2. Carrie Little Hess

    Dear Mike,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Gina, and all of your family. Take good care.

  3. Ed was a very special person. We loved and respected him so much. Not only was he a teacher to Bill but he was a friend to everyone at Faribo A/C and Heating. He was greatly missed when he retired but never forgotten. May he be at peace now with no pain enjoying your mother in heaven. May God comfort your family and bring you peace knowing Mom and Dad are together again. Bill and Peggy Keilen

  4. Marian Tise

    How I will miss Ed on that beautiful little farm! He always welcomed my assorted dogs and I when we walked his property…so eager to share the grounds with us. My dog, Tessa, still goes to his back door expecting to come into Ed’s kitchen for a cool drink and a Milk Bone or two. Always fun to see the latest carving projects. He was truly an artist! He could do everything!

    He truly was an inspiration for all of us…never lost his wit or compassion for others.
    So glad he had Dolly in his life – she is an incredible woman – so very good to Ed!

    Our neighborhood will never be the same…gone but not ever forgotten. Marian

  5. So sorry to hear of Ed’s passing-
    I remember him as a man of humor and faith
    He was a very special person in mom’s
    Eyes, too! (Aunt Mildred). I had the honor
    Of being the flower girl in his and Shirley’s wedding!
    May he now rest in Gods living care!

    Denise and Dan Keeley

  6. Kim Gubeli

    We are so sad to hear of Ed’s passing. He put up a fight for many years with his cancer. We were his neighbors across the street and he was always so good to us, giving my children rides to school when they missed the bus, sharing some of his garden harvest and homemade horseradish. Many many conversations and we all looked out for each other. Please continue to look down upon us Ed, we already miss you!

  7. Jerry & Audrey Wicklund

    So long to a good friend, neighbor (in Dundas) wrestling team mate from l950-1956 in Northfield, Ed was a very exciting wrestler to watch, he would be on his back about to be pinned and then very quickly he was able to arch out and put his opponent on his back, Ed always helped younger wrestlers learn our sport and volunteer for duties during practice and wrestling meets. Ed was well known on the dance floors, always that quick smile. Also an Army Veteran, thank you Ed for all your services and dedication to your family and country.

  8. Scott and Mary Rohr

    Palan Family,

    Uncle Ed was really one of the “good guys.” He treated every member of his extended family with respect and love. He was a strong dignified man and yet also had his father’s twinkle in his eye. We appreciated the care he gave to Grandma in the years after Grandpa died as he held down the fort at the old homestead. Our sympathy to Don, Lynn, Cheryl, Mike, the grand kids and all of his friends. We know you will honor his memory by carrying on the values he demonstrated throughout his life. Our world is a little diminished, but heaven is a little more special by his presence there.

    Scott and Mary Rohr