Zachary Michael "Zach" Paulsen
1992 - 2014
BORN
1992
DIED
2014
FUNERAL HOME
Hamilton's Funeral Home
3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Zachary "Zach" Michael Paulsen

Clive

Zachary Michael Paulsen, 21, had his life taken from him on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Services will be held at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines, IA with visitation on Wednesday, August 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. and the funeral service on Thursday, August 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Zach was born on December 18, 1992 to Kurt and Patrice Paulsen in Des Moines, IA. He graduated from Valley High School in 2011 and from WyoTech Vocational School in Larami, WY. He worked as a diesel mechanic and helped in the family construction business, Dean Paulsen & Sons Contractors. Zach loved to take things apart and put them back together. He was a huge fan of Snap-on tools and was rarely without a wrench in his hand. He was always working on a car or engine, his truck, or building something. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, canoeing, exploring and spending time at the family cabin in Canada. Zach loved spending time with his family. He was extremely generous and quick to help anyone in need. His passing leaves a giant hole for all who knew him.

He is survived by his parents, Kurt and Patrice Paulsen; grandparents, Dean and Charlene Paulsen; aunts and uncles, Dana Petrowsky, Kent and Kari Paulsen of Des Moines, IA, Kriss and Cliff Cochran of Woodstock, GA; cousins, Todd and Melissa Petrowsky, Joshua (Stacy), Joe (Nicole), Justin and Jordan Paulsen, Brooke (Ryan) Beach, and Bin and Lily Cochran; and his beloved dog and companion, Colby Sue Paulsen. Zach was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dorothea Brown and Duane Brown.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Autism Society of Iowa - Des Moines Chapter, 4549 Waterford Drive, West Des Moines, IA 50265 in honor of Zach. Condolences may be expressed online at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.



Published by the Des Moines Register from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28, 2014.
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Kurt and Patrice and Family,

No words can express the sorrow I have in my heart for you.

Please know people all over the the country are with you in spirit and share your grief.

To bring you a glimmer of comfort:

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

Sending love your way,

Erin
Erin Still (Fletcher)
September 8, 2014
I just learned this past weekend of Zach's passing. I am so sorry for your loss. My family and I send our sympathy and prayers to your family at this very difficult time. May your memories help to bridge the sorrow.
Judy Green
September 8, 2014
Kurt and Patrice: I cannot fathom the pain and sorrow you are feeling for the terrible tragedy of Zach. Please know I send my prayers and love to you and your family.
Carla Wood
August 29, 2014
I am very sorry for your loss. You have my condolences.
Chris Connelly
August 28, 2014
There truly are no words that can help in such a terrible tragedy - please know that our love and prayers for both of you are added to those of everyone else.
John & Julia Brightman
August 27, 2014
We are so very, very sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you!
Gary & Kathy Barnum
August 27, 2014
Patrice and Kurt,
We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Terri & Paul Tripp (49th St. neighbors)
August 27, 2014
Kurt and Patrice, words can't express my sorrow. Please know prayers are with you.
Kristie Stonebraker
August 27, 2014
Kurt and Patrice, my heart aches for you both. I can't imagine your pain. Please know prayers are being sent your way.
Kristie Stonebraker
August 27, 2014
Kurt and Patrice, My heart aches for you and family. I can't begin to say how sorry I am. My all our prayers somehow help you through this difficult time.
Kristie Stonebraker
August 27, 2014
Words can't express the sorry your parents and family/friends are facing right now. My heart is broken for you all.
Kristie Stonebraker
August 27, 2014
Zach was such a nice young man tragically taken from a wonderful family. My prayers go out to Kurt, Patrice and the Paulsen family. God Bless you all
Sam A
August 26, 2014
Kurt and Patrice, family and friends - our deepest sympathy. God Bless. Jake and Amy Ganske and family
August 26, 2014
Kurt and Patrice . . .
We are so sorry for your loss. It is with our deepest sympathy that we write this note. In times of tears, remember "ZACH's" laughter. In time of sadness remember "ZACH's" smiles. We have seen ZACH grow and mature through the years. What a wonderful person to know. May you have strength through these troubled times.

Our Love - - -
Dale and Kadi Wakelin
August 26, 2014
Kurt and Patrice, our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Words can not express the concern and thoughts that we and all your friends have for you. Keep family and friends close and rely on the thoughts and prayers we are all sending.
Dave and Lisa Bielser
August 26, 2014
So sorry for your loss.
Brad Gruber
August 26, 2014
Our deepest condolences. We will miss Zach and his contagious smile. Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time.
Gateway Dental Group
August 26, 2014
So glad I got to know you in high school. I hope your family is doing well.. Always in my heart
Clara
August 26, 2014
I am so saddened to hear of your loss. I can't even imagine your grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sharon Lang Mayer
August 26, 2014
Deja Vu Salon wishes to extend our deepest sympathy in your time of sorrow.
David Plain, Mary Lewis, Amy Gardner, Bret Hanson, Albert Caruso, Nancy Damiani
August 26, 2014
Zach was such a great guy ..and I couldnt agree more he was so willing to help others at a drop of a hat ...he will be missed by many ..my thoughts and prayers to the family
J.R. Gardner
August 26, 2014
We are heartbroken to hear the news of Zach. You have our prayers and thoughts at this very difficult time.
Steve and Debbie Sourbier
August 26, 2014
We know that this loss and grief may seem too much to bear. Keep your love for Zach close in your hearts and may our God of love and justice bring you healing and peace in time. Dave and Sally Waters
David Waters
August 26, 2014
We know this loss and grief may seem too much to bear. Keep your love for Zach strong in your hearts. May our God of love and justice bring you peace and healing. Dave & Sally Waters
Dave Waters
August 26, 2014
Dear Patrice, Kurt and Paulsen Family,
You have my deepest sympathy! I am so very sorry for your horrific loss. Zach was just a sweet person. I really enjoyed him!! He will be missed!! I regret that I am out of state and unable to attend his service. God Bless You!
Ione Wilkens
August 26, 2014
Patrice and Kurt,
It is with our deepest sympathy that I write this note. I know words alone cannot begin to comfort you, I will offer them anyway, so that you know that my family and I are here for you no matter the distance. Patrice, I so enjoyed meeting you when my father, Steve Walker, was ill and when he passed away. You brought a ray of sunshine into our lives at a very sad time for our family. I wish I could be there to give you a hug and tell you how very sorry I am. We are with you virtually and in spirit. Please let us know if we can do anything to support you. May God watch over you, give you strength, love and guidance, now and forever. With our deepest sympathy,

The Redmond Family, Janice (Walker), Jim, Janna and Jamie Redmond
Janice Redmond
August 26, 2014
So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers are with the Paulsen family.
Connie Troge(Popkes)
August 26, 2014
So sorry to hear about your loss, may God bless you and your family.
Jeff DuBay
August 26, 2014
So sorry to hear this, God bless him and your family during this difficult time.
Jeff DuBay
August 26, 2014
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

RBC Tile
August 26, 2014
My heart is broken for you and the entire Paulsen family. I have no words, just love and prayers for you. Holly Lewis
holly lewis
August 26, 2014
We are heart broken and have you in our thoughts and prayers, Kurt, Patrice and the entire Paulsen family. We will miss this very special young man.
Pauline and Aaron Helmrichs
August 26, 2014
We are so sorry for your loss an grief at this time , we will miss seeing Zach smiling an working around the shop , our deepest condolences to Kurt an Patrice an the whole Paulsen family .
From Jim , Sharon , Jimmy an Jeremy Belloma
August 25, 2014
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
August 25, 2014
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