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Clarence Impola

Oct. 6, 1931-Jan. 21, 2008

Clarence N. Impola, 76, of Lake Park, died January 21, 2008 at his home.

Clarence was born to Laurie and Helvi (Korkkeamaki) Impola on Oct. 6, 1931 in Wawina, Minn. He was raised and educated in Duluth, Minn., graduating from Duluth Central High School in 1949. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force in September 1949, and received an honorable discharge as a staff sergeant in the control tower in December 1952.

Clarence returned to Duluth and attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth, receiving a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He married Carol Miller on March 21, 1954. After college graduation in 1957, he accepted a job in Ashtabula, Ohio as chief control chemist for Archer Daniels Midland Company. Three years later he transferred back to Minnesota for a position in the metro area with Archer Daniels Midland Company. He helped develop many patents for the company. He moved to Detroit Lakes in 1971, and purchased Lake Lanes.

Clarence married Carol Ronning on May 24, 1974 in Audubon. They owned and operated the bowling lanes until 1985. For the past 22 years he had been an independent sales representative for Lake Country RainSoft of Perham.

Clarence was an avid bowler and was inducted into the Detroit Lakes Bowling Hall of Fame in 2002. He bowled weekly in Detroit Lakes. He also loved to read, work in the garden and golf. He especially loved spending time with his family.

Clarence is survived by three sons, Dave (Kelly) Impola of Big Lake, Minn., Doug (Sarah) Impola of Woodbury, Minn., and Chris (Jessica) Impola of Moorhead; two daughters, Donna Wallgren of Fargo and Tori (Nate) Leister of Grand Forks, N.D.; 11 grandchildren; one brother, Ray Impola of Superior, Wis.; one sister, Vi (Dexter) Liljegren of Brownsville, Texas; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Clarence in death were his parents; wife Carol (2002); one son, Loren Impola; a brother, Archie Impola; and two sisters, Doris Soukkala and Nelmi Impola.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at First Lutheran Church, Audubon, with interment at First Lutheran Cemetery, Audubon.

West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, has been entrusted with arrangements.

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