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George Robert Paulsen

July 29, 1929 ~ August 7, 2018 (age 89)

George R. Paulsen, 89, died peacefully on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at his Elkhorn, WI home. He was born July 29, 1929 in Denver, CO, the son of the late George R. and May (Bielas) Paulsen.  George graduated from the University of Wisconsin and quickly married the love of his life, Patricia Knuese, on September 14, 1953 in Madison, WI. She preceded him in death after, in his words, a perfect 57 years of marriage on February 28, 2011.  He worked for AMPI in Burlington, WI for over 45 years as a field milk inspector and plant manager.  He was an active member of Sugar Creek Lutheran Church.

George had immense pride in the city of Elkhorn, the farmlands of Walworth County, and the majesty of the state of Wisconsin.  His tireless volunteerism and civic leadership spanned seven decades.  He was a member of the Elkhorn Lions Club for over 60 years and served as secretary.  His wife Pat was the first woman Lion.  George founded and led the Lakeland School Annual Christmas Program up until the final year of his life. 

George was involved with the Walworth County Fair for over 50 years, running a dairy bar with the “help” of his girls, serving on the security team, and most impressive, expertly supervising concessions for over 20 years. He was honored as the Grand Marshall in 2006.  It was a humbling experience to ride with George on his fair golf cart, being witness to the warm relations he had established over the years with his venders.

Both George and Pat were very active in the Wal-Rock Bowling Association and both are proud members of its Hall of Fame.   George was also a member of the Wisconsin Bowling Association and in the 500 Club. 

George also served on the Walworth County Tourism Board, the Board of directors of Titans Drum & Bugle Corps and was a Boy Scout leader.  Until 5 years ago, he delivered Beacons to nearly every restaurant and bar in the county, loving the opportunity to be back on the roads, meeting people.

George was a proud, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He is survived by his four children: Kathleen (John) Ruehlman of Austin, TX, Georgia (Jon) Paulson of Edgerton, WI, Cynthia Paulsen Treslley of Stone Lake, WI and Margaret (Steven) Aspinall of Honey Creek, WI, ten grandchildren: Michael (Carrie), Megan and Kristen Ruehlman, Alissa (Nik) Franciskovich, Andrew (Miranda Carrier) Paulson, Tracy (Sean Richards), Katie, and John III (Natalie) Treslley, Cynthia (Eric Noble) and Brian Aspinall, and ten great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and two infant sons, Ralph and Richard Paulsen. Funeral service will be 12:00 PM on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Sugar Creek Lutheran Church, N5690 Cobblestone Rd. Elkhorn, WI, with Pastor Dick Inglett officiating.  Visitation will be 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Homes and Crematory, 730 N Wisconsin St. Elkhorn and 11:00 AM until service time Monday at church. Interment will follow services at Sugar Creek Lutheran Church Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Lakeland Animal Shelter PO Box 1000 Elkhorn, WI or Sugar Creek Lutheran Church.  Online guest book is at 

Donations may be made to:

Sugar Creek Lutheran Church
N5690 Cobblestone Road, Elkhorn WI 53121

Lakeland Animal Shelter
PO Box 1000, Elkhorn WI 53121

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