An open house celebrating the life of David Paulson will be held Feb. 16, 2013, from 4-6 p.m. at Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena, with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. and military honors to follow.
David Delano Paulson, 78, died Feb. 2, 2013, at the Veterans Home in Fergus Falls, after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
David was born Feb. 21, 1934, on a farm near Battle Lake to Clarence O. Paulson and Irene (Kemnitz) Paulson. He attended schools in New York Mills and Underwood, and graduated from Underwood High School in 1951. From there, David joined the Marine Corp and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., until his honorable discharge in 1955. He then attended the University of Minnesota from 1956-1959, while working at Great Northern Insurance Company and America Fore Insurance as an underwriter.
David was united in marriage to Arleen Ann Luhning on April 19, 1958, in Ottertail. Four children were born to this marriage: Kevin Argyle Ralph, Cheri Ann, John David Kennedy and Brian Keith Paulson.
David purchased the Roes Agency in Wadena in December 1961. The business was later to be the David Paulson Agency, Inc., where he worked until April 1997 when he retired.
In May 1998, David married Natalia Petera Ivashuk.
David was involved in many community organizations during his years in Wadena. He helped plan and build Humphrey Manor, and was Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club from 1970-1971. He was also in men's league at Whitetail Run Golf Course and a member of the Masonic Lodge.
David enjoyed time with his sons and grandchildren, fishing and hunting in the areas surrounding Wadena. He was passionate about basketball, supporting the Gophers and teams that his children and grandchildren were a part of.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Clarence and Irene Paulson; son, Brian Keith Paulson; and sister, Gwendolyn (Paulson) Birch.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Natalia Petera Ivashuk Paulson; sons, Kevin Argyle Paulson (Kimberly) of Wadena and John David Kennedy (Lisa) of Wadena; loving daughter, Cheri Ann of Anoka; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, Clarence R. and Argyle R. Paulson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
His quiet presence will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Wadena Wellness Center Initiative Foundation, 405 First St. SE, Little Falls, MN 56345.
Arrangements are with Schuller Family Funeral Home's Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena.