James “Jim” Richard Prahl, 79, of Redwood Falls passed away Saturday March 2, 2013 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. Funeral services were Tuesday, March 5 at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls.
Interment was in the Redwood Falls Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. The Stephens Funeral Service - Redwood Valley Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
James “Jim” Richard Prahl was born July 15, 1933 in Sleepy Eye to Fred and Laura (Schiller) Prahl. He was baptized in the Lutheran Faith in Sleepy Eye and was confirmed at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls in 1947. Jim attended country school, District 60 west of Redwood Falls. He played baseball on the Milroy and Belview VFW and American Legion baseball teams. At age 14, Jim stayed home from high school to care for his mother until her death. He later took over the family farm when he was just 17 years old. On July 4, 1953, Jim was united in marriage to Joyce Moody at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Lamberton. Together they made their home on the family farm six miles west of Redwood Falls. Jim farmed all of his life until he sold out in 1983. He worked at Jackpot Junction for a couple of years in the 1980s and also started a photography business and photographed many functions until 2005. Jim was a long time member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls where he served on the financial board for 12 years. Jim acquired the nickname “Grumpy” from his grandchildren, and it stuck with him for more than 20 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, shooting pool and all sports; especially football, basketball and Twins baseball.
Jim is survived by his children: Bradley (Nancy) Prahl, Jon Prahl, Sandy (Steven) Heiling all of Redwood Falls and Susan (Rory) Seifert of Clements; grandchildren: Krista (Jesse) Remiger, David Prahl, Kevin Prahl, Kelsey Prahl, Stacy (Grant) Brostrom, Calvin Heiling (fiance Stephanie Kennell), Tessa Heiling, Joseph (fiance Candace) Seifert and Amanda (Josh) Krenz; great-grandchildren: Morgan Strey, Jayden and Alexa Remiger, Catherine and Franklin Brostrom and Caden Hall; brothers-in-law Bill (Faye) Moody of Alexandria and Roger (Karen) Moody of Long Lake and many other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents Fred and Laura Prahl, wife Joyce in April 2011, and sons Steve and Howard Prahl, sister Malinda Siegfried, brother Virgil (Sylvia) Prahl, brother Robert in infancy and sister-in-law Jean (Richard) Sirmer.