LaVern P. Paulsen (1923 - 2010)

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Funeral services for LaVern P. Paulsen, 87, were conducted by Pastor Dennis Meyer and Pastor Sally Meyer on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Atlantic, Iowa. Interment was in the Exira Cemetery in Exira at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning prior to the funeral service. The honorary casket bearers were: Don Jensen, John Waters, Larry Konz, Boyd Schlater and Javin Smith. The casket bearers were: Richard Griffin, Howard Paulsen, Charles Paulsen, Perry Paulsen, Kent Paulsen, and Mark Steen. Kessler Funeral Home in Exira was in charge of the arrangements
.LaVern Peter Paulsen, the son of Hans Peter and Alma Jensen Paulsen, was born April 28, 1923, at his parents' home in Sharon Township, Audubon County, and died May 15, 2010, at the Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. at the age of 87 years and 17 days.
LaVern was baptized and confirmed at the Exira Lutheran Church in Exira. He attended rural schools and then graduated from the Exira High School with the Class of 1941.
On June 28, 1941, he was united in marriage to Ruby Jane Beck in Maryville, Mo. Three children were born to this union. LaVern was farming with his father when he was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1941. During his tour of duty he was stationed in Texas. He was honorably discharged and they returned to Exira to farm with his father. Later LaVern and Jane purchased a farm east of Exira where they grew row crops and raised livestock. He retired from working on the farm, but continued to oversee the farm operation. They moved to Atlantic, for a short time then returned to the farm in Exira. In 1990 they returned to Atlantic. LaVern was a member of St Paul's Lutheran Church in Atlantic. He had served on the Exira School Board for several years and was a member of the Atlantic Lions Club. One of the highlights of his life was having the opportunity to participate in the Southwest Iowa Honors Flight to Washington D.C. in May of 2009. LaVern enjoyed classic cars and antique tractors. He enjoyed playing cards with his friends and playing golf. He always looked forward to driving in parades especially the 4th of July Parade in Exira. LaVern was a family man and enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his brothers and sisters: Frances and husband Leland Griffin, Ruth and husband Robert Baier, Lester and Doris Paulsen; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Beulah Paulsen, Sigard Beck, Eva Beck, Egan and wife Gladys Beck, Rejner and wife Viola Beck, Ebba and husband Arnold Nissen, Leonard Vorm, Ranny Kelloway, and Charles Smalley.
Survivors include his wife Jane Paulsen of Atlantic; his children: Sandra and
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL on May 25, 2010