Hardus Paulson, 100, of Stanley, N.D., died on Oct. 19, 2012, at Angel Care Senior Care Facility in Carpio, N.D. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Our Saviors Free Lutheran Church in Stanley. Visitation will be today, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Springan Funeral Home, with a family service there today at 5 p.m..
Hardus was born in Lunds Valley, N.D., to Henry and Pauline Paulson on Aug. 19, 1912. He graduated from high school in May 1934, with an offer for a scholarship to Concordia, but opted to stay in the area and become a farmer. He moved to California for work, and was employed at the North American Aircraft Factory during the outbreak of World War II.
Hardus married Evelyn Marie Pederson on May 10, 1941, and shortly after the couple returned to the Lunds Valley area. They purchased farmland adjoining Hardus' father, and were blessed with their first daughter, LaDonna Rae, in 1943. A second daughter, Barbara Ann, came along in 1948.
Hardus' greatest joys in life were his family and his friends. He enjoyed challenging his grandchildren to a game of checkers, and meeting his friends downtown at the cafe in Stanley. He is remembered as a patient, humble man, apt to keep the laughter going with a clever remark or a funny anecdote. Hardus loved music and dancing, particularly Norwegian folk songs. He celebrated his 100th birthday in August, which all of his family members attended.
Hardus will be deeply missed by: his daughter, LaDonna Paulson, Moorhead Minn.; his grandchildren, Tia (Larry Jastrzebski) VanBerkom, Fargo, N.D., Dana VanBerkom, Minneapolis, Minn., Blair (Donna) VanBerkom, Huntsville, Ala., Travis (Misty) Misterek, Minneapolis, Minn., and Sara Misterek, Sioux Falls, S.D.; his great-grandchildren Gus Jastrzebski and Emma Jastrzebski, both of Fargo, N.D., Chelsea, Nathan, and Joshua VanBerkom, Huntsville, Ala.; and his sisters, Oranda Nelson, Seattle, Wash., Annie Craft and Emma Kannenwisher, both of Stanley.
Hardus was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; his parents; his daughter, Barbara; and siblings, Alvin, Clara, Eddie, and Warren.
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(Springan Funeral Home, Stanley)