Lionel Fales

Aug. 16-1933-June 13, 2014

CANBY – Mass of Christian Burial for Lionel Fales, 80, of Canby, will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Canby with Father Ron Huberty as the Celebrant. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. today at Birk Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and a Rosary to follow. Visitation will continue from 9-10 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home followed by procession to the church for mass. Burial will be in Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery, Taunton. Military honors will be provided by Canby/Porter Military Honor Guard. Online condolences can be sent to

He passed away Friday, June 13, 2014, at the Hendricks Community Hospital.

Lionel Lee Fales was born Aug. 16, 1933, in Florida Township, Yellow Medicine County, the son of Enzor and Viola (Severson) Fales.

He graduated from Canby High School. After graduation, Lionel began farming for himself, but he was only able to farm the first year because he enlisted in the U.S. Army. After serving his time in the Army, he was honorably discharged and he returned to Canby. Shortly after his return, he purchased his first farm located east of Canby, and continued farming for 50 years until his retirement in 2002. Lionel had a profound love for farming. He showed his love by being a good “caretaker” of the land. His love for farming didn’t stop with the land, he also loved to have lots of farm animals and livestock on the farm. For many years, he was the Director of Porter Shipping Association. Lionel was also a member of the Porter American Legion Post 457. When he wasn’t farming, he always enjoyed playing cards with family and friends, and anyone who knew him knows he could read people like he could read anyone’s hand in cards. He enjoyed watching NFL football, and he knew his way around the kitchen and how to satisfy his sweet tooth with cookies and cakes and desserts. Lionel and Rosemary didn’t travel much, but they did look forward to the annual weekend at “the lake” with his Army buddies – his extended family.

He is survived by his 8 children, Lowell (Lois), Lyle (Jean), Loren (Laurie), Leon (Gay), Larry (Joni), Lori (Dan) Drietz, Vicky (Heidi) Fales and Randy (Sandi); 28 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; one brother, Perry Fales and special companion, Mavis Verschelde.

Preceding him in death are his parents; brother, Bill; daughter, Linda and wife, Rose Mary.

Blessed be his memory.