Harold S. Paulsen

April 21, 1940 - Jan. 24, 2010

Harold S. Paulsen passed from this life Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at age 69. He was born in Kingston, Ark., on April 21, 1940, to Harvey and Ruby (nee  Eichel) Paulsen.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved sister, Verda Paulsen. 

He is survived by his sisters, Betty Graham, Alta McCoy and Carol Ann Barnes. He will be so dearly missed by Holly (nee Thompson), his wife of 49 years; his daughter, Stacey; son, John; daughter-in-law, Amy (nee Palcowski); and treasured grandson, Max.

Harold graduated from United Township High School in East Moline, Ill. He attended college at the University of Miami-Florida, graduated with degrees in mathematics and education from Dickinson State University and earned a masters degree in mathematics education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He played football and basketball in high school and college. An educator for 31 years, he taught high school math and coached middle school basketball in Hettinger, N.D., and Davenport, Iowa. He was a math professor at North Dakota State University and Waukesha County Technical College.

Harold survived a heart attack in 1993 and a heart transplant in 1994. An excellent and favorite patient, he heartily enjoyed charming nurses and other caregivers whenever he had appointments, hospital stays and kidney dialysis. Devoted to his family, he adored, respected and teased his wife, happily chauffeured his daughter and all of her friends every place they ever needed or wanted to go and enthusiastically coached his son in youth soccer and basketball. He also proudly cheered on his son as he played basketball for Kettle Moraine High School and became a 1995 Division III National Basketball champion for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He thoroughly enjoyed his dogs, a Scottish terrier, a cocker spaniel and 20 years of boxers. Harold was completely and utterly smitten by his grandson, who brought him so much joy.

Please join us for a memorial service celebrating his life at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 642 Main St., Pewaukee. Catch up with family and friends at the reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, tax deductible donations made in Harolds memory to Boxer Rebound, P.O. Box 214, Ringwood, IL 60072 (, and the American Heart Association ( would be greatly appreciated by his family.

Yonke & Son Funeral Home, 691-1900, is serving the family.