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Obituary: Floylindo Alfredo Palagi

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Floylindo Alfredo Palagi may have been smaller in stature but he was a giant in life.  He told his family nearly up to his death that he “used the be the fastest guy on his softball team.”  We told him he still was as he was the only one left.

He was born December 29, 1921 in the fabled city of Butte, America.  His Italian immigrant parents were Joseph and Josephina and they came to America in the hopes of prosperity.  His family moved to Great Falls in the late 1920’s when the Anaconda Copper Company opened.  Floyd and his beloved brother, Alfredo, were raised there.

Floyd enlisted in the US Navy in August of 1942 at the seasoned age of 21.  He served his country for over three years on the Destroyer USS Dale 353.  With the help of his shipmates, they encountered ten major engagements in the South Pacific.

One moonlit evening, home on leave, he met the enchanting Mabel Aafedt.  Their story went on for 69 years that included their three sons and their wives, John (Donna), Jerry (Terri), and David (Krista).  Their life also included six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Floyd was a welder, boilermaker, and finally a Foreman at the Anaconda Copper Company (Atlantic Richfield) for 41 years.  He dealt cards, and ran the tables after hours to provide for his family.  After his “retirement” he worked in the family business of Green’s Garbage Service for many years.

He was a consummate bowler, golfer, fisherman and gardener.  But above all, he cherished Mabel and his family.

Thank you so much to the staff at Brookdale and Hospice for their care, comfort, and grace.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.  

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