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Richard Paulson

Richard Allen Paulson, age 83, of Carrington, ND, died on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at CHI St. Alexius Hospital, Carrington, ND.

Richard was born in Jamestown, ND, to Cliff and Millie Paulson of Carrington, ND, on October 15, 1939 and he is survived by his three children, Leslie Paulson (Blaine Hulbert), Carrington, ND, Robert Paulson, Carrington, ND, and David Paulson, Oceanside, CA; his grandchildren, Jeffrey, Valerie, Garrett, Jacob and Lillian; and two great-grandchildren, Jasmine and Delilah.

Richard, AKA Dick, was a kind and gentle man with an affinity for animals, especially dogs. His late wife, Gail, was legally blind and required the use of a guide dog. Although that was not the spark that ignited his love of dogs, it was definitely the fuel that drove him to pour countless hours into the foundation, even after Gail passed. In lieu of flowers, it was Richard’s wish that memorials be made to “Guide Dogs for the Blind” in Richard and Gail’s name.

Dick served in the Navy for 4 years and then took that knowledge and turned it into a successful career as a Radar Technician. At 40, he dropped everything, took a 75% pay cut and moved his family out of the city and into the Santa Barbara Mountains to become a Camp Ranger at Cachuma Church Camp, an outdoor school that hosted 150-300 people a week. Here is where he truly flourished and was able to become a mentor to so many; kids and adults alike took to him and his guiding ways. His knowledge was vast, because he was never afraid of failure and never shied away from a new challenge. He spent many evenings with his nose in books and manuals. This is especially poignant because, unknown to us, he had a severe case of dyslexia.  He was able to overcome this by filling the margins with illegible notes and highlighted nearly every paragraph. Humor and pranks were the cornerstone of his character and he loved to make people smile and tell jokes that he would laugh at insatiably.  He loved fire crackers and making things go BOOM. He made a canon that fired golf balls and a log splitter from a straight 6 truck motor.  He filled his neighbor’s car with balloons and made lunches for his kids that included cat treats and sugar packets, but always added a $5 bill so they didn’t go hungry. Pranks were always front of mind.

Another passion of his was large scale cooking, the camp got him started, but he blossomed that into a full-fledged catering business, Little Bigs BBQ and Backhoe Services. Dick was always ready to help, it did not matter if he knew you or not, because he genuinely loved to be a servant to the people.

Dick was always groomed and well dressed, nothing fancy, but a button up shirt was his staple. With a cup of black coffee “no fu-fu juice”, and some sort of candy in his truck you would find him driving around smiling and waving at strangers.

I can say with confidence his proudest moment is when he became a great-grandfather.  When those two girls, Jasmine and Delilah, came into his life his focus changed and he was the happiest I’d ever seen him.

Dick will be remembered as a Father, a friend and most importantly a mentor to all who met him.  He got great pleasure sharing his knowledge and because of his own struggles he was able to allow others to learn in their own way.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Gail (Engebretson) Paulson; parents, Clifford and Mildred Paulson; brother, Norman Paulson; and sister, Barbara DuBois


The family will be celebrating his life by having a Good Old Fashion Richard Paulson BBQ on Saturday, August 12, 2023, at his house, 80 2nd Avenue North at 1:00PM. All are welcome to join in this celebration.

Richard’s Burial will take place on Friday, August 11, 2023 at 1:00PM at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND.

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  1. I’d like to add that when he wasn’t wearing his staple button-up blue dress (work) shirt, he’d be working in a new white t-shirt that never had a spot on it! How he did that will always be a mystery to me, but he was an incredible man and a huge inspiration. I was honored to have known him and I miss him dearly.

  2. your Dad was one of the greatest humans I’ve ever met! He came to rescue me and my two children when we were stranded in Wimbledon with a broke down vehicle and Leslie was elbow deep in making grape jelly! He even rushed to NAPA to get the part we needed before they closed!
    I loved it when he would come to the store just to visit with his million dollar smile and his laugh! I always called him “Daddio” and he always laughed when I’d call him that!
    He was truly a gem and will be missed dearly!
    Sending my deepest condolences to Leslie, Robert and David!

  3. I enjoyed the time I spent with Dick and Gail over the years. He was truly a wonderful man who embraced everybody.

  4. I am glad that I got to know Dick. He had a smile on his face when Wanda and I went to Carrington to visit him and Leslie. Very gentle man. We will miss him very much.


  6. Sorry for your loss he was a kind and giving man. he will be missed praying for all of us healing prayers.

  7. There was and will only be one Dick Paulson. A joy comes into my heart just thinking about him. My life has been and will continue to be better because Dick was a part of it. I smile every time I see a Snoopy with ears flying, that is the joy that was and will always be Dick. 💙

  8. Loved chatting with Dick. Such a great man. Very much Missed in the neighborhood. Best neighbor you could ask for. RIP my friend. ❤️

  9. So sorry to hear about Dick. I will always remember his smile and quiet demeanor with that humorous twinkle in his eye…… One thought that came to mind when I saw the location for the BBQ – there have been a lot of gatherings at that address over the years. I’m sure there are three other Paulsons who would want to reach from above the sky to give you all a hug. Unfortunately I won’t be able to come as we are right on the top of harvest but I will be there with you in thought.

  10. I remember his Dodge pickup he loved. It was at one of Leslie’s sales at her store. I asked him how much. He said I’ll go to the grave with it. Uffda.


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