Lynn Paulson

Lynn Paulson, 66, from Stanley, beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, nephew and uncle, died Saturday, June 15, 2013, in a Stanley hospital.

He was born to Lester and Mae (Bayley) Paulson in Fargo on Sept. 22, 1946. As a child he moved several times with his family while Lester worked for the railroad, living in Nolan, Page, Minot, Simcoe, Ross, and finally, Stanley, in 1959. He graduated from Severson High School in 1964 and served in the U.S. Army in Korea; Fort Carson, Colo.; and Vietnam. He met Janinne Cole in 1970 and they were married in 1973 in Page. He and Janinne raised three children and lived in Dubuque, Iowa; Ellendale, Parshall and Stanley, and Arden Hills, Minn. He attended North Dakota State College of Science, Trinity Bible College, and Bethel Seminary of St. Paul, Minn. Lynn served as a bi-vocational minister to various congregations in Sisseton, S.D., Parshall, New Town and Greatstone Township, McLean County. Concurrent with ministry, Lynn worked in law enforcement, long-term care, construction, security, upholstery, for the National Park Service, and then for the Springan family businesses of Stanley. He was employed there until he retired for health reasons.

Lynn’s family and friends remember his many interests and talents. He was a skilled preacher, writer, student, baker, upholsterer, golfer, debater, furniture repairman and caregiver. He liked fishing, rock hunting, wildlife, gardening and discussing theology, philosophy, politics and current events. Lynn always enjoyed entertaining the youngest of his extended family and was often assisted by his friend, Edward Pinkhammer.

He doted on his grandchildren, Bayley, Noah and Hattie, and was so proud to cheer on his children and grandchildren in whatever they pursued.

After decades of prayer, study and consideration, Lynn converted to the Catholic faith in 2006.

Survivors include: his mother, Mae Paulson, Stanley; wife, Janinne, Stanley; children, Tyra (Layne) Rolfe, Stanley, Caleb Paulson, Fargo, and Killian Paulson, Bismarck; grandchildren, Bayley and Noah, of Stanley, and Hattie, of Bismarck; sisters, Sondra (Don) Will, Stanley, Pam (John) Hillary, Dubuque, Iowa, Naomi (Brent) Rodenhizer, Stanley, Kevin (Brenda) Paulson, Tacoma, Wash.; as well as several aunts and uncles, many cousins, nieces and nephews; father- and mother-in-law, Wayne and Nadine Cole, of Page; sisters-in-law, Janell Cole, Bismarck, Julie Cole (Ed Wons) of Minnetonka, Minn.; brother-in-law, Tom (Barb) Cole, of Buffalo.

Lynn was preceded in death by: his father, Lester; infant brother, James Melvin Paulson; nephew, Scott Boge; and favorite uncle, Warren L. Bayley.

Funeral: Wednesday, June 19, at 3 p.m. at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Stanley.

Family prayer service: Today, Tuesday, at 5 p.m. in the church.

Visitation: Wednesday, from noon to 3 p.m., at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Stanley.

Interment: Page Cemetery, at Page, on Monday, June 24, at 1 p.m.

It is Lynn’s wish that most remembrances be in the form of charitable gifts rather than flowers and that they be to the donor’s choice, or to Lynn’s preferred organizations: Missionaries of Charity (, 335 East 145th Street, Bronx, NY 10451; St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis,TN 38105; Mayo Clinic (, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

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Springan Funeral Home, Stanley, is handling arrangements.