Harold S. Paulson, 84, of Tomah, passed away peacefully Dec. 27, 2017, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah.
He was born Nov. 25, 1933, in the town of Lindina, and attended grade school there. Harold volunteered for the draft in 1953 during the Korean conflict. He attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and was stationed in Germany for 18 months.
He was united in marriage to Wilda A. Blaskey on May 25, 1957, at St. Michael, Indian Creek Catholic Church. He was employed by the Oakdale REC from 1957 until 1970 as a lineman when an injury forced him to change occupations. He later received his GED before attending MATC in Madison for COTA, and worked at the Tomah VA as a COTA from 1972 until retirement in 1995. He was a member of the 44th General Hospital Army Reserve unit and retired from NCO at Fort McCoy after 26 years of service.
Hunting and fishing was a passion for Harold. He shot many big bucks with proof in his living room. His grandchildren enjoyed experiences in both hunting and fishing with him. He and his wife enjoyed camping trips in the motorhome along with their children and grandchildren. Together, they enjoyed many bus tours across the states, especially the trip to Alaska with his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marcella and Frank. Harold and Wilda loved to cut wood, spending many hours in the woods. He loved the Packers and NASCAR.
He taught hunter safety and coached both youth basketball and baseball. He was a member of St Michael’s Indian Creek Church, Knights of Columbus, the National Rifle Association, American Legion Post No. 201, Clifton Sportsmen Club, DAV Chapter 27 and the VFW.
Harold was a self-taught repair person whether it be car repair, woodworking or building a hunting stand. He was only a call away to help anyone and everyone day or night. Harold was extremely proud of his service in the military and had a strong faith and love for his family.
He is survived by his wife, Wilda, of 60 years; children, Gary (Missy) Paulson of Endeavor and Linda (Tom) Kiefer of Sun Prairie; grandchildren, Kayla (Eddie) Rivera, Dan Bednar, Josh (fiancée Cassi) Bednar, Courtney (Mike) Gawel, Logan (Elle) Kiefer, Brenna (friend Mark) Kiefer and Luke (friend Kaylyn) Kiefer; six great-grandchildren and a seventh due in June 2018; brothers, Ken (Kathy) Paulson and Duane (Carol) Paulson; sisters, Norma (Joe) Lehosky and Sister Mary Ellen; sister-in-law, Pat Paulson; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Margaret (Brown) Paulson; and brothers, James and Kerian.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church at Indian Creek. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Family and friends are invited for visitation from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, with a rosary to conclude at 6:30 p.m. at Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah. Family and friends are invited for visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the church. Torkelson Funeral Home of Tomah is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.torkelsonfuneralhome.com.