Leslie Charles Pahl Sr., a lifelong Baltimore County farmer, died Monday in his sleep at the Augsburg Lutheran Home & Village, where he had lived for the last five years. He was 89.
Born and raised on his family’s Pikesville vegetable farm, he was the son of Clarence Harmon Pahl and Lillie Gompf Pahl. He attended Baltimore County public schools.
He grew up selling produce with his parents, who had a stand in the Lexington Market.
In 1950, he married Mary Jane Cunningham, and he and his wife opened Pahl’s Farm Produce stand across the street from Sudbrook Middle School.
The couple farmed their 12-acre farm in Pikesville, and in 1975 purchased an additional 175 acres in Granite, along with their son, Leslie C. Pahl Jr., who shared the family’s enthusiasm for farming. Their son died in 2003.
Mr. Pahl continued farming until a broken hip forced him into retirement. Daughter-in-law Pamela Boyle Pahl, and her children, continue to operate the vegetable farm and sell their produce at the Saturday 32nd Street Farmers Market in Waverly.
“His family, farm and grandchildren were the light of his life,” Ms. Pahl said.
Mr. Pahl’s wife died in January.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Burrier- Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road, Sykesville.
In addition to his daughter-in-law, Mr. Pahl is survived by four grandchildren.
--Frederick N. Rasmussen