Ronald Palas

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Ronald L. Palas, 65, of Arlington, Iowa died on Tuesday morning, May 2, 2017 at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m.. Monday, May 8, at St. John Lutheran Church, Arlington, with Pastor Margaret Yackel-Juleen officiating. There was a visitation from 3 to 7 p.m.. on Sunday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Arlington and one hour before the service at the church on Monday. Interment was at Taylorsville Cemetery, Arlington.

Ronald Lee Palas was born on May 11, 1951, in Prairie du Chien, WI,the son of Clifford George and Norma June (Erickson) Palas. He graduated from Central High School in Elkader in the Class of 1970. He continued his education in Technical Auto Collision at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, graduating in 1971. Ron then moved to Dubuque where he worked at Feye Brothers Auto Body.

Ron was united in marriage to Denise Annette Kahrs on December 8, 197,3 at the Norway Lutheran Church in St. Olaf, Iowa. Three children were born to this union, Chad, Shane and Amanda.  

In 1977, the family moved to Cedar Rapids where Ron worked with his brother, Gary, until 1980. The family then made their home in Arlington where Ron worked at the Arlington Implement. Ron then opened his own business, Ron’s Welding and Repair in 1985, semi-retiring in 2017.

Ron had served on the Arlington Volunteer Fire Department for the past 35 years and was a member of the Brush Creek Canyon Cruisers. He had a love for the restoration of a wide variety of vehicles and equipment where he utilized his craftmanship of welding and painting. Ron enjoyed fishing, camping, sitting around a nice warm fire, taking drives on a sunny day, watching movies and the History Channel, and spending time with his family and friends. His pride and joy were his grandchildren. Ron was always up for storytelling and inappropriate jokes.

Ron is survived by his wife, Denise Palas of Arlington; sons Chad (Paula) Palas of Arlington and Shane Palas of Strawberry Point; a daughter, Amanda Palas of Eden Prairie, Minnesota; five grandchildren, Hailey, Aidyn, Emma, Ellis and Kellan; four brothers, Gary (Sandee) Palas of Swisher; David (Theresa) Palas of Volga; Mark (Cindy) Palas of Ely; and Brian (Carole) Palas of Ely; a sister, Lori (Dennis) Bergan of Elkader; mother-in-law, Mary Kahrs of Arlington; Kahrs family brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Kristine Christian, Monona; Craig Kahrs, Las Vegas, Nevada; David (Mary) Kahrs, St. Olaf; Laurie (Bruce) Lenth, Monona; Julie Zuliek, Wauconda, IL; Kenny Kahrs, Arlington; and Ross Kahrs, Denton, Texas; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Ron is preceded in death by his grandparents & parents. 

Memorials can be sent to Arlington Fire Department & EMTs.

Online obituary at


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