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Charles "Charley" Olaf Pary

Charles "Charley" Olaf  Pary, 73 of New York Mills, MN, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away Monday, June 8 2009.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home in New York Mills.

Services will be held on Thursday, June 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Wadena, MN, with Pastor Shirley Nelson officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation and accompanied by Irma Allen. The pallbearers were Scott Pajari, Brad Pajari, Brian Pajari, Jeff Pajari, Eric Pajari, Joshua Arneson, Kenneth Tervola and Robert Pary Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Charley's grandchildren, Lars Hetland, Olaf Hetland, Latham Hetland, Zachary Pary and Samantha Pary. Military honors were provided by the Charles D. Center V.F.W. Post #3289 of New York Mills. Internment will be at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Charley was born July 28, 1935 at home in Newton Township. He attended country school District #105, confirmed his faith at the Apostolic Lutheran Church and graduated from New York Mills, class of 1953. He enlisted in the United States Army in April 1954. After he was honorably discharged in April 1956, he relocated to Silver Bay, MN for a time. Later he moved to St. Paul, MN and attended the University of Minnesota, College of Forestry. Charley met Mercedes Arneson while he was employed by the United States Postal Service, and they were married in North St. Paul, MN on June 24, 1961. Charley had a long career in the auto parts industry, working for several different companies and dealerships, and had his own store for a short time. He had a knack for knowing his customers and their needs; many was the time he was able to help customers when all they could tell him was the color of the tractor. He retired in 1999 to enjoy his grandchildren at "Grandpa's daycare and wildlife watching."

Charley enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, taxidermy, reading, poetry, and telling stories about his childhood and his time in the army. Charley and Mert lived in rural Newton Township on the Pary place and attended the Wadena United Methodist Church.

Charley is survived by Mercedes (Arneson) Pary; daughter, Wendy (Andrew) Hetland; son Tad (Fay) Pary; daughter, Holly (Steve) Ness; grandchildren, Lars, Olaf and Latham Hetland, Zachary and Samantha Pary; siblings, Robert (Mary) Pary, Elizabeth Pikkaraine, and Susan (Gearld) VanWatermulen.

Preceding Charley in death are his parents, Olaf and Ida Pary; brother, Wallace Pary; sister, Jean Nyland; and an infant sister.

Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home in New York Mills. Online condolences may be sent to