Ralph Edward Paulson


Ralph Edward Paulson


Ralph Edward Paulson of Craig died Nov. 2, 2005, at his home. He was 86.

Ralph Edward Paulson was born Oct. 5, 1919, in Baggs, Wyo., to Peter E. and Estella (McClellan) Paulson.

Paulson was raised and attended school in Baggs. He left school to help his folks on their farm and later joined the U.S. Navy serving on the Battleship USS San Jacinto with George H.W. Bush.

Paulson married Sarah Faye Gilroy on Dec. 17, 1946, in Steamboat Springs. They made their home in Craig, where Paulson worked for Ora Harris and then owned and operated the Husky Station for many years, retiring in 1976. After his retirement, he and Faye spent the summers in Craig and winters in Yuma, Ariz. He enjoyed fishing, hunting grouse and being with his family.

Paulson is survived by his wife, Faye Paulson of Craig; daughter, Carol (Cleve) Preece of Craig; granddaughter, Jennifer (Patrick) Svoboda of Sterling; grandson, Chad (Rachel) Preece of Windsor; great grandson, Carter Allen Preece of Windsor; sister, Evelyn Henderson of Mesa, Ariz.; brother, Ted Paulson of Craig; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Paulson was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Faye Pepemyer, and Georgia Short, and brother, Harold.

Services were held Nov. 7, 2005, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with Bishop Jeff Robinson conducting.

The accompanist was Myrna Ence, with a family prayer given by Ken Henderson. The opening prayer was given by Larry Ellgen, and the eulogy was given by Jennifer Svoboda. Speakers were Kent Nielson and Lewis R. Livingston. Selections were "I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked," by Lori Romney, and "Daddy's Hands" by Lori Romney. The closing prayer was given by Leon Horrocks.

Pallbearers were Gerald Henderson, Jack Paulson, Ken Henderson, Ted Paulson, Ralph Henderson, Chad Preece, Allan Paulson, and Patrick Svoboda.

Honorary pallbearers were "All Ralph's Many Friends."

Interment was at Craig Cemetery with a dedication of the grave by Bishop Joe Ence.

Military honors were given by VFW Post #4265.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Grant Mortuary.

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