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Gary Palu

July 11, 1943 ~ October 28, 2020 (age 77)


Clarence "Gary" Palu, age 77, of North Platte, NE, passed away, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at the Centennial Park Village in North Platte.

Gary was born July 11, 1943 in Holyoke, CO to Clarence Joseph and June Ellen (Benson) Palu. 

In 1949 the family moved to Madrid to the Palu Family Farm. He graduated from Madrid High School in 1961. Gary enlisted in the United States Navy for a brief time.

Gary returned to Madrid where he met Lynette Crist and the two of them were united in marriage on July 9, 1965. They made their home in Madrid. From this marriage they welcomed 2 daughters, Jody Palu born in Grant. They then moved to Hettinger, ND, where they welcomed their second daughter, Paula Palu. Gary and Lynette didn't like the extreme snow storms, so they moved back to Ogallala in 1966. He worked for Simons Construction and retired in 1996.

He liked to occupy his time by keeping busy by doing woodwork, painting, crafting and crossword puzzles.   

He resided in North Platte at the Centennial Park Village in North Platte, where he resided until his passing.

Gary is survived by his 2 daughters; Paula Crum, of Ogallala; Jody Palu, of Lincoln; 3 sisters; Karen (Don) Brogan-Chandler, of North Platte; Linda (Dana) Corenelius, of Grant; Jo Ellen Peterson, of Drake, CO; 3 brothers; Bruce (Pat) Palu; William Palu, all of North Platte; Paul Palu, of Madrid; 5 grandchildren; Jadda Crum; Hannah Crum, both of Greeley, CO; Jacob Crum, of Loveland, CO; Brandon Palu; Josh Stone; and 1 great-grandchild, Kaiser Stone, all of Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.

Visitation will be held, Monday, November 2, 2020 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. with family greeting friends from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Draucker Funeral Home Chapel in Ogallala. 

A Graveside Service will be held, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Fairview Cemetery in Grant, Nebraska with Rev. Chuck Rager of the First United Methodist Church in Ogallala officiating. 

A memorial has been established in his memory.    

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Draucker Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.   

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Funeral Service


November 2, 2020

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Draucker Funeral Home
700 N. Spruce Street
Ogallala, NE 69153

Family Greeting Friends
November 2, 2020

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Draucker Funeral Home
700 N. Spruce Street
Ogallala, NE 69153

Graveside Service
November 3, 2020

10:00 AM
Fairview Cemetery
Hwy 23
Grant, NE 69140

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