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Paul Vincent Zumbusch was born, raised, lived, laughed, loved, worked and died much too soon in Buffalo on Sunday, May 8, 2022.

Paul was born August 7, 1959, the fourth son of Casper and Muriel (Eull) Zumbusch.  Widely known to be Mom’s favorite as could be measured by the volumes of leftovers and goodies she delivered to his door well into adulthood, he was also the favorite storyteller, hunting partner, fishing buddy, coworker, brother, uncle and friend of many.  Like orange construction cones to a Buffalo Bituminous work site, old and young alike were drawn to him – and he to them. Handsome and kind, hardworking and loyal, Paul was the first to offer his help and quick to extend a sincere compliment. He loved old westerns, Johnny Cash, 20th century history and solving all sorts of handyman problems with duct tape. He had a one-liner or quip for almost every situation and some of his favorites included: clarifying “Tar goes on a roof, blacktop goes on a road’; expressing his surprise or delight by saying, “I’m going to fold a rose in my diary”; punctuating a point by proclaiming he’s “Serious as a heart attack”; referring to someone or something as “Uglier than a mud fence”; and countless others that were equally entertaining and commonly irreverent. He leaves a million jokes and stories untold and us with broken hearts. Our worlds will never be the same nor our spirits as bright.

Paul was united in marriage to Sara (née Epley) on April 8, 2006. Together they enjoyed their blended family of Nick, Breia, Riley and Brandon. They traveled together and savored the company of their large families and groups of friends.

Paul was preceded in death by his father, Casper.

He is survived by his loving and attentive wife, Sara; and by his adoring children, Nick (Liz) Zumbusch, Breia (Ryan) Gaskill, Riley (Dan) Holm and Brandon Fischer; five grandchildren, Hadley, Briar, Paul Vincent II, Casper and Leon; his mother, Muriel Zumbusch; six siblings and their spouses, Mike and Valerie Zumbusch, Pat and Peggy Zumbusch, Dave and Nancy Zumbusch, Anne and Jeff Johnson, Mary and Casey Schoen and Chuck and Tammy Zumbusch; along with many nieces and nephews, other relatives, hunting buddies and friends.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, Minnesota, at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 12, 2022. There will be a visitation at the church one hour before the funeral from 10:00-11:00 AM. A celebration of Paul’s life will immediately follow the funeral at Huikkos Entertainment Center located at 1207 MN Hwy 25, Buffalo, Minnesota.

The family suggests memorials be made to The Parkinson’s Foundation or the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, MN. 763-682-1363. www.thepetersonchapel.com.

26 Guestbook Entries

  1. Mark R Holthaus

    Sara, Muriel & Family.
    How Heartfully Sorry to hear of Your Loss.
    He will be missed by Everyone who ever had the Fortune of meeting Him. Our Thoughts & Prayers go out to the whole Family this Day and Many to follow. Peace Truly be with Him.

    With Our Kindest Regards,
    Mark & Denise Holthaus & Family.

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  2. Sandi and Jerry Robasse

    Our sincere sympathies to the entire Zumbusch family. What a kind man that was taken too soon. God’s peace be with you.

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  3. Sandy Rose

    He was such a wonderful man! My sincere condolences to his family. Praying for peace and comfort. It was always a treat to be with Sara and Paul. The family gatherings, tubing trip in Nimrod, the cabin last summer, the trip to Nebraska family reunion are some special memories. Heartbroken! Hugs to you all, you really had a gem!

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  4. Pam McBroom

    Sending love and hugs to Sara and family. Gonna miss his good right hugs!

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  5. Jerry & Martha Karsnia

    Sara & family,
    Our deepest sympathies to you during this hard time. Keep your memories close to your heart and Paul will be with you always.

    Jerry & Martha Karsnia

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  6. Margaret Nelson

    What a wonderful summary of Paul and his attitude to life. I can’t pretend to know much about the man he became but I know he was a fun classmate and I think the obituary conveys that he still was a fun guy! My sympathy to the family.

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  7. Barb Menth

    My sincerest sympathy to Sara and the entire Zumbusch family. Paul was the light in a room – he had a way of making everyone feel like they were his best friend. RIP Paul..keep those good stories going in heaven!

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  8. Mary & Bob Smith

    My deepest sympathy to Sara, Muriel and the entire Zumbusch family. Paul was a great guy and always had great stories to tell. He will be missed by many. Hold onto the memories, those memories will become treasures. Rest In Peace Paul.

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  9. Patricia Elsenpeter

    My sympathy to the entire Zumbush family and friends. He will always be with you in your heart and all your precious memories until you meet again. I went to school with him 1st through 12th grade. When ever I’ve run Into him he always said hi, always a nice guy.
    I would also like to extend my sympathy to Mike Zumbush, another great guy
    Patty ( Lamm ) Elsenpeter

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  10. Teri Durant-Nelson

    My sincere sympathies to the entire Zumbusch family!

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  11. Brian and Stephanie Salonek

    Paul was an amazing man. He will be missed by so many. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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  12. Joanne Pickar

    Upon meeting me when Grant parked the travel trailer at the farmhouse behind the plant Paul aka to us as Walter he called me Joyce. I did not like that so to remember better he called me Gladys and Grant was Granto. A bond formed and so many memories came to be. Yes he left way too soon. Grant left for Heaven in November so I’m hoping these two can reconnect up there and discuss asphalt. RIP Walter, you were one Hell of a guy!!!!

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  13. Keith & Karen JOHNSON

    May God Bless and Comfort all of Paul’s loved ones!

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  14. Tom Morin & family

    My very sincere, heartfelt sympathy & sadness to your family! I worked with Paul at Buffalo Bituminous and appreciated all his kindness towards me! He was a great, wonderful & awesome person to work with! I know Nick & he knows one or both of my sons & they’re feeling your pain of the loss of your Dad too! We hope you know you’ll all meet again in Heaven! Your loss of him on Earth is only temporary as hard as it may be for all of you to work through this right now! Paul is looking down on all of you with his love & will always be with you! God bless all of you as you go through this difficult time!

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  15. Megan Leipholtz

    Oh Sara I’m so sorry to hear this. Paul’s one liners will live in my mind forever.
    Sending you love and strength.

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  16. Arlys and Bill LaPlant

    A childhood friend to our kids from many years ago. Always was a joy when he and Anne would visit our kids and played together. Our deepest sympathies to all of his families.

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  17. Mike Koosman

    As a former classmate of Paul’s, I’d like to extend my deepest sympathy to family and friends. I have fond memories of Paul from our high school years and I was saddened to learn of his passing. God’s speed Paul.

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  18. nicholas barthel

    Muriel and children, I did not know Paul, but if he had half of Muriel’s goodness and caring attitude, he was indeed a good man. Nick and Lenny Barthel

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  19. nicholas barthel

    I did not know Paul, but if he had one half of Muriel’s kind and caring personality, he was indeed a good man. Nick Barthel

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  20. Carolyn Napper Doak

    Sara and family, I’m so sorry to hear of your Paul’s passing. May you find comfort in stories shared with others. God Bless you during this difficult time.
    Love, Carolyn Napper Doak

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  21. Lisa & Keith Quady

    Thoughts & prayers to the Zumbusch family.
    There’s no words to help ease the pain of your loss of such a Great guy. May all the wonderful memories & stories help you through these times. He was truely one of the BEST!
    RIP my friend.

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  22. Sharon Walker

    Paul was part of Rock Steady Boxing group, a full body workout for people with Parkinson’s. Me, too. Paul’s kindness and willingness to work were seen immediately, but his subtle, hilarious sense of humor and his courage in facing PD’s tough losses is what many of us loved best. Be at peace, dear friend.

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  23. teri cain

    What a wonderful obituary/tribute! God bless you all, family and friends, especially my choir buddy Anne. Peace be with you all in time.
    Teri Nelles Cain
    BHS, 1980

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  24. Craig and Lisa Utterberg

    God Bless Sara, family and friends who were all Part of Paul’s life. I don’t think Paul had a mean bone in his body.
    Paul was a friend to all who met him.
    May strength and comfort surround you during this most difficult time.
    Heaven has gained a beautiful Angel! 😇
    Godspeed Paul!

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  25. JoLinda (Payne) Elletson

    Paul was my classmate. I followed him up the water tower by Pulaski Beach. We were in 12th grade I think. I stopped at landing but Paul went to round top of tower. He sure had a cute smile! SYMPATHY to his entire family.

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  26. Dave Franke

    Muriel & Family, I was stunned to hear this news. I have vivid memories of being at your place as a kid, and Paul and I out in the woods and wildlife exploring and discovering all the wonders of the beauty of the world. He was indeed always full of life and humor. My thoughts are with all of you during this time of loss. May the Loving Source bless him on his journey home, and carry you forward with he in your hearts always.

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