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Adolph Peter Paulsen, 85, of Kirkland, IL died on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 in his home surrounded by his family. He was born on May 12, 1930 in Clare, IL to Paul C. & Lillian (Johnson) Paulsen. Adolph married Betty Mae Barchard on February 11, 1950 in Kirkland. He was a very involved member of First Lutheran Church in Kirkland, helping with the food pantry, clothes closet, and folding bulletins. Adolph passed down his passion about farming to his children and grandchildren. He was still helping out and riding the tractor this past year. He loved his family and friends and was the handyman of Kirkland. He also enjoyed mowing neighbor's lawns and spraying weeds for them.
Adolph is survived by his wife, Betty; four sons, Philip (Debra) Paulsen of Genoa, IL, Steven (Colleen) Paulsen of Steward, IL, Jeff (Lauri) Paulsen of Clare,Illinois and Pete Paulsen of Sycamore, IL; eight grandchildren, Bradley Paulsen, Scott Paulsen, Eric Paulsen, Tim (Cassie) Paulsen, Chris Paulsen, Matthew (Alexis) Paulsen, Aspen Paulsen, Braden Paulsen; great-granddaughter, Olivia and two on the way; two brothers, John Paulsen of Tucson, Arizona and Jim (Roberta) Paulsen of Genoa, Illinois; brother-in-law, Charlie (Shirley) Smith of DeKalb; several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Paul and Russell Paulsen; four sisters, Louise Petty, Margaret Crego, Mary Smith, and Christine Dieterlen.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 11, 2016 in First Lutheran Church, 510 W. South Street, Kirkland, IL with Reverend Carl L. M. Rasmussen officiating. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to on 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2016 in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Quiram Kirkland Chapel, 309 S. Fifth Street, Kirkland, IL. In lieu of flowers,memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church in Kirkland.

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  1. Joe and Joy Gulotta

    We are so sorry for your loss. It is sad to learn that one more of the old time farmers is gone. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  2. Doreen Brangenberg

    Cassie and family, my heart hurts for you. I will cherish the ornaments and pins he gave me. He was a very sweet man, I will never forget. ðŸ'–

  3. Rodger and Cindy Smith

    With a blink of an eye he has gone to be with the Lord. Those of us who remain wait for the trumpet call so we can meet our loved ones in the air and be with the Lord forever.

  4. Martha and Michael Valasek

    Adolf and Betty were one of the first couples Mike and I got to know when we moved to Kirkland from Elmhurst, IL in 2007. We often sat in front of them at church. Adolf would tell us stories that would intrigue our appreciation of this area since we really were "newbies". He was quite the character as a youngster he said but would lend a hand in need to anyone if possible. He assisted Mike several years ago on a Sunday afternoon putting in a new toilet. I would say he was very generous in his giving spirit. Yes, he will be missed immensely.

  5. harry newberry

    a real nice guy always had something nice to say will miss him

  6. Jo Boehmer

    I'll miss Adolph's Friday afternoon visits when he'd stop in at church for a hug and to help fold bulletins. I'd ask how he way doing today, and with a twinkle in his eye his answer was always the same..."I don't know. Haven't checked yet". And even with his health failing and Betty in a wheelchair, they would usually be in church Sunday mornings. We're all going to miss him so much.

  7. Donna & Dennis

    Sorry for your loss

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