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Dr. Paul Fynskov, 76

Dr. Paul Fynskov, 76, 2113 14th Ave. N., Clear Lake, Iowa died March 2, 2009 at Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester after a month-long battle with acute myelogenous leukemia and pneumonia. For more information regarding Paul's journey, visit

A celebration of life service was held March 6 at Zion Lutheran Church in Clear Lake with the Rev. Jeff Ungs of Galilean Lutheran Church officiating. The family suggests memorials to Galilean Lutheran Church or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Paul was born May 20, 1932 in Osakis to Henry and Mabel (Erickson) Fynskov. He grew up on the family farm, graduated from Osakis High School in 1949 and the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1961.

Paul married Janice Reynolds on December 26, 1954 in Alexandria. He pursued his profession in several communities in Minnesota and then moved to Clear Lake in 1965, where he opened the Clear Lake Veterinary Hospital and in 1972 built the present building where he practiced until his retirement in 1997.

Paul and Janice were members of Zion Lutheran Church for 14 years. When the Lutheran Church decided to start a mission congregation, Paul and Janice were on the steering committee and became charter members of Galilean Lutheran Church.

He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, Clear Lake Noon Lions and member of All Vets Golf Club. Because of his interest in conservation of the land, he served on the Land Use Task Force of the Iowa District of the E.L.C.A. In keeping with his spirit of benevolence and education, it was Paul's wish that his body be donated to Mayo Clinic in support of scientific research and his eyes to Iowa Lions Eye Bank.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Janice, of Clear Lake, Iowa; two sons, Tim (Lonnie) Fynskov, Rochester, and Todd Fynskov, Rochester; three grandchildren, Elizabeth "Bitta" Fynskov, Benjamin "Ben" Fynskov and Lauren Fynskov; sister, Eleanore (Ernest) Aarrestad, Brainerd; two brothers-in-law, Glenn (Joyce) Reynolds, Carlsbad, California and Dennis (Diane) Reynolds, Salem, Oregon; 14 very special nieces and nephews and 17 grand nieces and nephews, in whom Paul found great delight.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are with Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, Iowa; (641) 357-2193; www.colonial