Obituary Details

James William Paulson

(11/24/1898 - 02/05/1970)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 02/12/1970

James Paulson Dies in Denver; Services Here

James W. Paulson, 71, of Denver died Thursday, Feb. 5 of a heart attack. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. from the Peet Chapel in Lusk with the Rev. Robert Boutwell of the Lusk Congregational Church officiating. Burial was in the Lusk Cemetery.

Mrs. J. P. Watson, organist, accompanied Mrs. Richards Korns and Mrs. Dean Glandt as they sang "Beautiful Isle" and "Abide With Me."

Casket bearers were Earl Lee Sides, Robert Sides, James Sides, Ralph Sides, Ted Lohr and Alfred Taylor.

Honorary bearers were Roy Johnson, Levern James, Jim Peterson, Chris Jassman, Harry Sides, John Hammond, Warren Robertson, Walt Zerbst, Harlan Lohr and Ab DeCastro.

He was born November 24, 1898 in Albert Lee, Minn. to James and Mary Paulson. He grew to manhood in Denver and worked at the Midwest Refining Company for a time. He came to Wyoming in 1918. He filed and proved up on a homestead in the Buck Creek area.

He and Ila Fancher were married October 17, 1927. They made their home in the Kirtley community until 1944 when they moved to Laramie. In 1947 he went to work for the Wyoming Farm Bureau and served as Organization Director and Executive Secretary. In 1954 they moved to Oregon and he worked for the Oregon Farm Bureau. He suffered a heart attack in January 1957. After recovering they moved to Denver. He was hospitalized with another heart attack in May 1967 in Denver. He worked part time until his fatal attack last Thursday.

Survivors include his widow Ila of the family home in Denver; three daughters, Mary Jo Lewan, of Denver; Dorothy Jean Harrison of Casper; Louanne Handley of Wilmington, Del.; 11 grandchildren, Gary, Michael, Douglas, Robert and Jean Lewan, John and Jim Harrison, Floyd, Helen, David and Christopher Handley; one sister, Inga Thompson of Lusk; two brothers, Lee Paulson and George Madsen of Denver and many nieces and nephews.

Out of town relatives and friends attending the services included Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Lewan and family, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Paulson , Mr. and Mrs. George Madsen, Mrs. Thelma Bell, all of Denver, Colo.; George Paulson, Santa Monica, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fancher, Scappoose, Ore.; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Fancher, Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Earl Handley Wilmington, Del.; Mr. and Mrs. William H. Harrison Jr. and boys, Mr. and Mrs. James Sides, Mrs. Earl Martin, all of Casper, Wyo.; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Sides, Moorcroft, Wyo.; William H. Harrison Sr. and John C. Harrison of Pine Bluffs, Wyo.

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