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August 9, 1929 – Sunday, June 21, 2015

Service Information
Buffalo United Methodist Church, Buffalo, MN
Saturday, June 27, 2015
11:00 AM

Visitation Information
Buffalo United Methodist Church, Buffalo, MN
Friday, June 26, 2015
4 – 8 PM, prayer service 7 PM

On August 9 of 1929, Paul Bjorklund was born, the tenth of twelve children to Arthur and Mathilda Bjorklund on the family farm, south of Buffalo. In June of 1943, Paul received a letter from his teacher, Lois Vergin(Dixon) congratulating him for passing his exams at District 68 (Ilstrup) School, and Paul graduated from eighth grade, ready for employment. After a few years at Lyman Lumber working with his brothers-in-law, Paul leased the Standard Station in downtown Buffalo and started his career in 1950 as Wild Paul, the Tire King.

In 1949, Paul married Kathleen Rogers on September 24, and they had six children: Judy Bjorklund, Joyce (Tom) Stocke, Jan (Steve) Heyerdahl, Larry (Judy) Bjorklund, Deb (Jim) Shadduck, and Tammy (Dave) Jacobs.

For 33 years Paul operated the gas station on the corner of 1st Avenue and Division Street in downtown Buffalo, presently occupied by Edward Jones Financial. Paul lived as everyone’s “Good Neighbor,” and customer service was his legacy. Standard Oil’s slogans “Service with a smile” and “You expect more from Standard, and you get it” were the reality of Wild Paul. He was known to help direct traffic at fire calls, catch bank robbers, and help drive ambulance for Spud Hayes and Don Christiansen. Paul was active in the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, the Buffalo Days festivities, the Demo Derby, and the annual RCA Rodeo. He enjoyed NASCAR and snowmobile races. In 1994 Paul was awarded the Honored Citizen of Buffalo. After selling the gas station, Paul continued to work from his warehouse on Bradshaw.

Paul and Kate were blessed with fifteen grandchildren: Christine (Mike) Mortenson, Paul (Steph) Heyerdahl, Jennifer (Curt) Roehrich, Martin (Brittany) Stocke, Danielle (Mike) Goettelman, Michelle Stocke, Lisabeth (Joel) Rebney, Nicoleen (Ross) Meyer, Jessie Bjorklund, Cody Bjorklund, Weston Bjorklund, Michayla Bjorklund, Rebekah Bjorklund, Katie (Dave) Olson and Laura Shadduck.

The grandchildren crowned Paul and Kate with twenty-one great grandchildren…so far!

Paul confirmed his reservation in Heaven and checked in on June 21, 2015.

Paul is survived by his wife, his family, and siblings Clarence and Ruth Bjorklund. He was preceded in death by granddaughter Laura Shadduck, son-in-law Thomas Stocke, parents Arthur and Mathilda Bjorklund, siblings Clinton Bjorklund, Edmere Allums, Marvin (Florence) Bjorklund, Willard “Bob” (Arlene) Bjorklund, Helen (Maurice) Fadden, Clara Penticoff , Esther (Bert) Bruce, Myrtle (Richard) Fadden, Harold (Rosann) Bjorklund .

Visitation will be Friday, June 26, 2015 from 4-8 p.m. at the Buffalo United Methodist Church.
Prayer service will be held at 7:00 P.M.

Further visitation will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 one hour prior to 11:00 service at the church.

Casket Bearers will be Paul’s grandchildren.

Honorary casket bearers will be Bruce Bjorklund, Bruce Schmidt, Rick Correll, Harvey Denzin, Ramo Stott, Lauren Wolff, Joe Hagerty, Don Hozempa, Gary Miller, and Steve Jaunich.

16 Guestbook Entries

  1. Sandy Jeske

    We are going to miss his SMILES. You would always wonder what he was up to!!!!

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  2. Jan Heyerdahl

    Dad was an amazing role model with his unconditional love, his exceptional work ethic, his great sense of humor, his unending generosity, and his heart full of compassion. I’m so blessed to have shared so many days of my life with him. I thank God for Dad, and I thank Dad for his faith. We will be together again; for eternity! …(Doesn’t that Bible say!)

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  3. Al and colleen wolff

    Paul was truly one of a kind, and in the best ways possible! Many times I went for tires, and came home with potato chips, snowmobile clothing, or whatever he had in the warehouse. I’m sure he and Darrell are doing a catching up right now.

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  4. GARY AND BARB COLLINS AND FAMILY

    SO SORRY TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF PAUL. HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL OF US VERY MUCH. GARY SAID HE NEVER WORKED FOR A BETTER PERSON THEN PAUL. WE WILL ALWAYS MISS THE WAVE AS WE DRIVE PAST THE HOUSE. MAY GOD BLESS ALL THE FAMILY.

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  5. danielle goettelman

    Paul was my grandpa and was the best there ever was. I am so blessed to have had 30 years with him and for him to meet my boys!!! You will forever be in our hearts and discussed in our home. Love you always and forever grandpa.

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  6. Tammy Brateng

    So saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. I(We) the Hites kids all have fond memories of our time we spent together with your family at the lake when we were younger. My children still remember Paul as the guy with the cool cow sound. He made a lasting impression on all of us.
    Just last week I was talking about all the fun we had as kids growing up when we got to go to Paul and Kate’s cabin at Buffalo. Because now Wayne and I have a park model camper parked up at Buffalo Bay, Manitoba and I hope people will have as fond of memories as we do of your place, at ours.
    Hold on to the fond memories and be proud of the wonderful man he was and think of all the people’s lives he impacted over the years.
    Hugs to all of you,
    Tammy, Wayne, Anthony (Amy- Lauren and Evan) and Ashley Brateng and the rest of the Hites kids.

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  7. Mary and Buffalo Adult Day Center

    So sorry for your loss, all of us at the day center will miss and talk about Paul for years to come. He touched our heart in so many ways and always brought a smile to everyone with his cow sound. Take care…he will live within all of you children forever. You meant the world to him…

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  8. Matthew and LuAnne Golden

    You guys are in our thoughts and prayers. Very sorry for your loss. Love you!

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  9. Linda Dunn

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. We Love You all.

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  10. Barb Axel

    Jan, I feel I know your dad through you. Dennis, Lisa, and I will be thinking of you on Friday and Saturday. I would be at the service if I weren’t in Montana right now. Prayers for your whole family.

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  11. Karen McBride

    Paul Bjorklind-What a wonderful man. What a joy it always was when we got to see Paul and Kate in Joplin. Paul was always excited and willing to help out wherever and whenever he could. It was evident the love and pride he displayed for his family. I am remembering him with so much respect and love. He is now having a great time in Heaven as he is reunited with family members and friends.

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  12. Kevin Goeb

    Tammy, Kate and Family;
    I am so sorry for your loss. Paul was a big part of our community. Every memory I have, brings a smile to the heart. Paul will be truly missed.

    Kevin Goeb and Kathy Kramer

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  13. Teresa Hites

    Sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. I loved when we used to come stay at the cabin on the lake. Those were some great memories I will always cherish. He is in heaven reminiscing with everyone and Mooing for all to enjoy. Take care.

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  14. Arlis Block

    Buffalo has lost a great person. One that holds a spot in everyone’s heart. He probably was the business man in Buffalo that everyone knew and will never forget. What great memories he leaves. Sympathy to all.

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  15. Harvey and Allison Moser

    Dear Bjorklund family–
    We have so many good memories having lived across the street for ten years, back when the kids were little. Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Hold your memories close so you may bring them to the forefront when you need them the most.
    Love–Harvey and Allison

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  16. Anita Dittrich

    I can only express my deep sympathy, Jan, in the loss of your father. I know you will treasure the good memories of him, just as you have been treasuring the good memories of my mother, your former teacher.

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