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Raymond E. Paulson, 105 of Wakefield

Posted: 06 May, 2013

Raymond E. Paulson 105, died Saturday May 4, 2013 at the Wakefield Health Care Center.  Services will be 10:30 a.m.
Thursday at Thompson Chapel Funeral Home in Wakefield with Pastor Charity Potter of the Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial with military rites by the Legion Post #81 of Wakefield will be in the Wakefield Cemetery. Visitation will be 3:-8:00 p.m. Wednesday with Prayer Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. at Thompson Chapel.  Memorials may be made to: Wakefield Senior Center, Wakefield Care Center, Wakefield Presbyterian Church, VFW, Lions Club, or Masonic Lodge #83.
Raymond Ernest Paulson was born December 17, 1907 in Bloomington, Franklin County, Nebraska to Edward and Elizabeth Jones Paulson. He graduated from Bloomington High School and attended Hastings, Nebraska Business College. He was employed at Bloomington State Bank, followed by sales work with Conoco Oil Company.  On May 21, 1932 Ray married Margaret Louise Anderson, a music and Latin teacher from Ashland, Wisconsin.  They resided in Lincoln, Nebraska where Ray was employed by the Farm and Home Administration.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Ray was employed as a safety inspector and fireman at the Ordinance Plant near Mead, Nebraska.  At age 34, Ray was drafted into the U.S. Army and was attached to the 83rd Chemical Mortar Battalion.  Seeing military action in Europe during World War II, Ray received Campaign Ribbons for Rome, Arno, Southern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe.  He was also witness to the liberation of the infamous Dachau Concentration Camp.  After military service, Ray and his wife Margaret moved to Wakefield, Nebraska where they purchased the local movie theater.  On April 20, 1954, Ray was appointed as Postmaster of the Wakefield Post Office and served in that position until retirement nearly twenty years later.
Ray and Margaret enjoyed travels to all fifty states, Canada, and Europe.  Raymond planted over 2000 trees in Pine Ridge near Ft. Robinson, Nebraska and planted his last tree at the age of 88 and received acknowledgement from Gov. Ben Nelson.  Other honors include 50 year membership in American Legion Post 81, Wakefield Community Club Citizen of the Year in 2005, 50 year membership pin from Masonic Corinthian Lodge #83, 60 year Monarch Milestone Chevron Award from the Wakefield Lions Club, and named Admiral in the Nebraska Navy by Gov. Dave Heineman.   
Raymond was preceded in death by his wife Margaret on January 15, 1989 and brother, Clarence Paulson.  
Survivors include nephew Ed Paulson of Bloomington, Nebraska, nieces; Norma Jean Mankey of Franklin, Nebraska, Betty Mae Friskopp of Minden, Nebraska, Helen L. Robison of Republican City, Nebraska and Myra Mustrian of Minneapolis, Minn. and many family members and friends. 
Pall Bearers: Paul Park Jerry Park  Gerald Muller  Terry Henschke   Bob Jones  Kurt Thompson
Pianist Jean Doupnik
Pastor    Charity Potter 
Military Rites by Wakefield Legion Post
 



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