Ralph PaulsonRalph Paulson, 88, of Grand Forks, ND, and formerly of Niagara, ND, passed away Monday, January 30, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Center in Larimore, ND.
Ralph Paulson, 88, of Grand Forks, ND, and formerly of Niagara, ND, passed away Monday, January 30, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Center in Larimore, ND.
Ralph was born to Hans and Nelsina (Johnson) Paulson on October 20, 1923 in Adler Township, Nelson County, where he grew up and attended school. He farmed with his dad and brother Henry for many years and later farmed with his son Stuart in Nelson County before retiring in 1988. Ralph married Norma Knutson on September 6, 1953 in Niagara, ND. They were married for 53 years. He served in the Army from 1946-1948. He spent time in Japan where he shook Gen. MacArthur's hand after VJ Day.
After retiring from the farm, Ralph and Norma moved to Grand Forks where they became the resident manager for Columbia Manor. With illness and Norma's death, Ralph was moved to the Larimore Good Samaritan Center.
We will remember him always for his great smile, hand holding and kind heart.
Ralph is survived by his daughters: Marilyn (Dave) Chroninger, Iola, WI; Judy (Jerry) Fladeland, Grand Forks; son: Stuart (Pam) Paulson, Langdon, ND; 7 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Norma, brothers: Arthur, Herman, Thorvald, Harold, Henry, Almond and Stuart; and sisters: Marie Paulson, Mabel Paulson, Selma Lucke, Myrtle Leen, and Louise Johnson.
FUNERAL SERVICES: 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 2, 2012 at Sharon Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, ND.
INTERMENT: Petersburg Cemetery, Petersburg, ND
MILITARY HONORS: John Larson Post No. 247, Petersburg American Legion.
VISITATION: Wed-nesday, February 1 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. with a 6 p.m. prayer service held in the Bakke Funeral Home of Larimore, ND. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to the funeral in the church on Thursday.
BAKKE FUNERAL HOME, LARIMORE, ND.