Robert (Bob) William Paulsen Sr., 91 - father, grandfather, great grandfather - passed away peacefully at his daughter's home in Park City, UT, during the early hours Saturday, May 14, 2016, on what would have been his 67th wedding anniversary with his wife Dolores (deceased).
Bob was born July 11, 1924, in New Lenox Township, Illinois to Lillian (Fink) and Albert Paulsen. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II from March 1943 to February 1946 primarily in New Guinea, South Philippines. Bob received the American Theatre Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Medal with One Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal.
Bob married his longtime childhood friend, Dolores Dorothy Bruns, on May 14, 1949 and together they had three children: Robert (Connie), Donald (deceased), and Reva (Bob). In 1958, Bob and Dolores took over the ownership and management of the family restaurant, Bruns Restaurant in New Lenox, Ill. Over the next 35 years, they grew the business to a large supper club (with banquet facilities) and a bustling local favorite.
Upon selling the restaurant and retiring in 1993, Bob moved with Dolores to the family lake property on Blue Lake in Minocqua, and later in 2003 to their last home in Arbor Vitae. Following Dolores' death in 2011, Bob continued to live in Park City with his daughter and family.
Bob's primary hobby included watching the Chicago Cubs and Bears games. Bob became a member of the Die-Hard Cub Fan Club in 1934 (age 10!). Until his retirement, Bob attended most Monday home games at Wrigley Field and several weeks each spring in Arizona watching the Cubs at spring training. Bob also enjoyed reading, playing Solitaire, and completing crossword puzzles.
Bob is survived by his children: Robert W Paulsen Jr. (Connie) and Reva (Bob Rauk): grandchildren (Kirsten, Anders, Alexandrea, Ane); great grandchildren (Chase, Leigha); brothers Eugene (Ernie) and LeRoy (Amy); and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife Dolores, parents (Lillian and Albert Paulsen), son (Donald David Paulsen), brother Walter, and sister Wilma (Barnes).
Thank you to all of Bob's friends, family, Pastor Steve, Dr. Stacy Johnson, Dr. Mary Parsons, UUPT students, Susan, and other CNS Hospice staff for keeping him moving, his spirit and faith strong, and making his final days comfortable.
Graveside committal service will be held 10 a.m. July 23 at Skyline Memorial Park, 24800 S Governors Hwy, Monee Ill. Memorial donations can be made in honor of Robert W. Paulsen Sr. to the Community Nursing Services Hospice Program (https://www.cns-cares.org/donate-cns) or Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church Park City, UT (http://shepherdofthemountains.org).
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017
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