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Donald Duane Paulsen

July 26, 1928 - August 5, 2019
From: Emmetsburg, IA
Donald Duane Paulsen

Donald Duane Paulsen

Born: July 26, 1928
Died: August 5, 2019
Age: 91

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     Donald Duane Paulsen, the son of John Carl and Matilda Alvina (Wede) was born on July 26, 1928, in Lone Tree Township, Clay County, IA. His childhood years were spent on a farm near Moneta, IA. He attended school in Moneta and graduated from Moneta High School.

     He married Jean Heien on October 12, 1952 at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, IA. The couple lived in Everly for 20 years where he worked for Everly Schools as a custodian. They then moved to Spencer where he worked for Spencer National until his retirement after 25 years. He did work for Walmart part time in his retirement. They moved to Emmetsburg, Iain 2016 to be closer to his daughter. Donald also farmed throughout the years as well.

     Donald was a member of First English Lutheran Church in Spencer. He had a passion for genealogy and family history. He belonged to over 6 Genealogy Societies at one time. Donald enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, growing produce and flowers. He loved to spend time with his wife and grandchildren.

     Donald passed away on Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Emmetsburg Care Center at the age of 91. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Raymond; his sister, Shirley Lauritzen; his daughter, Diane Paulsen-Spears in 2012; and an infant great-grandchild.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Jean of Emmetsburg, IA; his daughter, Jody and her husband, Tom Leuer of Mallard, IA; his son, John and his wife, Phyllis of Baudette, MN; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Donald's name.
Funeral services will take place 3:00 P.M., Friday, August 9, at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer.
Pastor Paul Kaldahl
Don's Grandchildren:
Visitation will take place Thursday, August 8, at Emerald Oaks Living Facility in Emmetsburg, starting at 5:00 P.M., with family present from 5-7:00 P.M.
"Just A Closer Walk With Thee"
"On Eagle's Wings"
Lone Tree Cemetery
Everly, Iowa


Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 3:27 PM
“Jean and family, Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy. Don always had a smile on his face and had a helping hand any time it was needed while working at Walmart. Peace, Prayers and Blessings.”
- Chavon (Parks) Struve
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 3:41 PM
“Jean and family, my sympathy to your family.”
- Deb Wilcox
Friday, August 9, 2019 at 5:27 PM
“We are very sorry to hear about Don. Just saw it on the internet. God be with you Jean, we've missed seeing you at WalMart.”
- Fred and Linda Perea
Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7:35 PM
“Jodi and family. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We both have good memories of your dad. He was such a kind man and nice to all kids in school.”
- Rod & Teresa Steuben
Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7:03 PM
“You all have our deepest sympathy. Don was a wonderful man. Love and hugs to your family.”
- Mary Kennedy
Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 5:59 PM
“Jody and Family,
You have our sincere sympathy with the loss of your dad. We’re never ready to lose those we love, but hope good memories will be your treasure. Bill and Marcie Frevert ”
- Bill/Marcie Frevert
Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 12:43 PM
“Did not look at this at first because I did not know you had moved to E'burg. So sorry about Don. Thinking about you, Jody, John and families with sympathy.”
- Donna Malmgren
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 2:46 PM
“My sympathy to Don's family.”
- Joan wimner
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 8:43 AM
“Jody and entire Paulsen family,
Sending my sympathy to all of you. May God give you comfort and strength.”
- Sherri (Adolf) Steffen
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 8:43 AM
““To the Paulsen family, sorry to here about Don passing. I have some wonderful memories of Don as we worked together at the Everly school when I was in high school.
May our Loving Lord wrap you in his arms and comfort you. RIP Mr. Don Paulsen
Terry Woolery”
- Terry Woolery
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 5:00 PM
“So sorry to hear of Don's passing. He lived a long life with a rich hobby of genealogy. Jeane and Don were my favorite cousins, living close to Webb with Aunt Alice, Uncle Mike Heine and Janet (my sister). He will be missed by us, I am sure he is in a better place now. Ron Binning”
- Ronald Binning
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 7:46 AM
“To the Paulson family, so sorry to here about Don, I will always remember working with him when I was in high school, he always had a smile and good word for everyone. May the Lord hold you in his loving hands in this time of sorrow. RIP Donny. Dale Woolery ”
- Dale Woolery
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