William F. Palais, Sr.

William F. Palais, Sr.

August 31, 1921 – July 22, 2018

World War II Veteran.  Preceded in death by wife, Mary C. (McQuade) Palais; parents, Samuel and Olive Palais; sister, Josephine Hasenjager.  Survived by children: William Palais, Jr., John Palais and wife Barbara, Michael Palais, Stephen Palais, Mary Margaret Palais, and Thomas Palais; two grandchildren, Jack and Katie; many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 25th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, July 26th at 10am at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific.  Interment, Resurrection Cemetery with military honors by Benson VFW Post 2503.  Memorials to St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, Siena/Francis House, St. Joseph Indian School in Chamberlain, SD, or charity of your choice.



  • Steven W Bral Posted July 23, 2018 6:02 pm

    Another “Greatest Generation”gone but never forgotten. My loss of words for the true Patriarch I have known. He taught me along with his late great wife and Matriarch Mrs. P, that respect and kindness knows know bounds. His stories of love and war will forever be etched in my heart and the hearts and minds of my children.
    I cannot think of any greater man besides my own father I revere the most.
    He along with Mrs. Palais raised 6 great children with the same values and admiration for all whom they meet.
    I am happy he is now with his other half in heaven. I am happy that the Palais family are my eternal friends and have been blessed for knowing him. I will miss being at my favorite place in there house,that being at the edge of my seat listening to his favorite stories.
    I pray for the entire Palais family and hope they know that they all did right for him as he for them. God Bless the entire Palais family

  • Chris Kotulak Posted July 25, 2018 8:08 am

    We all know that your father was the first to show me the ropes of horse racing.
    And he certainly showed and shaped his children for a good long time before and after.
    You must know that many friends of the “Palais Kids” enjoyed and anticipated lively interactions
    with your dad – and I was one of them.
    William F. Palais Sr will be remembered as a respected family elder, for his unabashed advice and his wonderful laugh.
    Chris Kotulak

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