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July 17, 2012
Messenger News

CEDAR RAPIDS - Donald Arthur Paulsen passed away on July 15 at Manor Care Nursing Home, in Dubuque. Memorial services will be at Cedar Memorial Chapel, in Cedar Rapids, on Wednesday, July 18, at 11 am. Pastor Arnold Flater of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Dubuque will officiate. Visitation and a light luncheon will follow the service and Don will then be buried at the Keystone Cemetery.

Donald was born on a farm near Keystone, IA on March 20, 1923. He attended Big Grove Country School No. 9 and graduated from Keystone High School in 1939. He attended Iowa State University until drafted for service to Camp Hood, Texas. After 6 months he was sent to the University of Ohio and then to the University of North Dakota for pre-medical studies.

In 1945, he married his high school classmate, Ruth Franzenburg at St. John's Lutheran Church in Keystone. In 1949 he graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. After completing his internship at St. Luke Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, he moved with his family to Augsburg, Germany to serve as a medical officer with the 539th General Dispensary.

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In 1952 he returned to general practice in Victor, IA for 9 years and then upon completion of an anesthesia residency at the University of Iowa he practiced anesthesia in Cedar Rapids for 25 years.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ruth, and 3 children, Gretchen (Bill) Enke of Fort Dodge, Greg (Mary Coan) Paulsen of Dubuque and Gordon Paulsen of Cedar Rapids, 7 grandchildren, Erika (Matt) Klitzke and Kristen (BJ) Green, Elizabeth (Jon) Midgette, Luke Paulsen, Ben (Amanda) Paulsen, Hana Paulsen and Adam Paulsen, 7 great-grandchildren. He also leaves his sister, Dorothy Drahos, brother, Herman (Ilene) Paulsen, Jr., and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by daughter, Glenda Paulsen, parents, Herman and Ella Paulsen, sister, Ruby Tefer, and brother, Russell Paulsen.

Memorials may be given to: Keystone Cemetery, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice.



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