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July 14th, 1921 – Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Service Information
The Peterson Chapel – Buffalo
Monday, January 25th
1:00 P.M.

Visitation Information

Walter was born on July 14, 1921 in Hixton, WI, the son of Julius and
Inga (Gilbertson) Paulson.
Walter was baptized in Pine Creek, WI at the Pine Creek Lutheran Church.
On November 2, 1946, Walter was united in marriage to Frances Lorraine Rumsey.
Walter was a loving husband, father, grandpa and great-grandpa. He
was a proud veteran of WW II serving with the 540th Engineer Shore
Regiment with campaigns in Africa, Italy, Germany and France
Following his service with the Army, Walter spent much of his career
on the road driving truck cross country, driving to both the east and
west coasts. In Later years he farmed part-time in Buffalo and Parkers
Prairie. Walter and Frances loved to travel throughout the states
visiting family and friends. In retirement he and Frances would winter
in Apache Junction, AZ. Walters’s favorite past time was spending time
with family, especially his grandchildren.

Walter is survived by his loving family… Wife, Frances L. (Rumsey) of
Parkers Prairie, MN. Children Gail (Tom) Blalock of Fremont, CA, Bruce
(Jeanette) Paulson of Maple Lake, MN and LouAnn (Greg Johnson) Paulson
of Aitkin, MN. Grandchildren Tronn (Lynn Anderson) Paulson, Michelle
Gonzalez, Tash Laudenbach, Corey (Melissa) Paulson, Christopher (Lisa
Huston) Paulson, Valarie Paulson, Samuel Johnson and Sarah Johnson.
Great-grandchildren Luis Gonzalez and Jasmine Gonzalez.
Sisters Arlene Wetzel of New Rockford, ND, Jane Plouim of CA and
Delores Hulett of Hixton, WI. Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Viola
Snow, Eugene (Marleigh) Rumsey, Glendale Rumsey and Eileen (Art)
Nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Walter was preceded in death by his son Merlin Paulson, parents Julius
and Inga (Gilbertson) Paulson, brothers and sisters Alvin Paulson,
Mabel (Perry) Peterson, Paul Paulson and Leonard (Edna) Paulson.
Brothers-in-law Ernie Hulett and Albert Wetzel.

Casket Bearers are Walter’s Grandchildren.

Funeral Service held on Monday, January 25th 2010, 1:00 P.M. at The
Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN a gathering of friends and family held
one hour prior to the service at the Funeral Home.
Interment followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo.

On Sunday the 24th, a Memorial Service was held at the St. Williams
Living Center in Parkers Prairie, MN at 3PM with a gathering held a
half hour prior to the service.

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Rodger Wetzel

    Walter was my uncle, my mom’s last living brother. Unfortunately because of bad weather in ND we were unable to travel there for the funeral. We will visit this summer. Walter loved to visit and could engage in wonderful conversation with almost anyone around him. People appreciated his always asking about them and their families. I am lucky to have “Walter” as my middle name, named after him by my mother, Arlene Paulson Wetzel, now in a nursing home in New Rockford, ND.

  2. Doug Rumsey

    Growing up in Buffalo, I always felt a part of the family. I have missed Merlin for many years now, and will miss Walter as well.

  3. Danette Wetzel Houle

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Walter. He was a great man. He will be missed. I am also sorry that I was not able to make it to the funeral.

  4. michelle fertner

    I didn’t really know Walter. I might of met him a few times when I went to go see my grandma Arlene. I’m Tim’s daugther, I’m sorry I couldn’t make it. I didn’t know he had passed. I will always have you in my prayers & thoughts.
    Sincerly, Michelle Fertner aka Wetzel


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