SALEM — Harlan Howard Paulsen, 90, of Salem, died on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Visitation will be on Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Kinzley Funeral Home. The family will be present from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Salem United Church. Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Mark Dickson officiating. Burial will be at Wildwood Cemetery, Salem.
Harlan Howard Paulson was born on Dec. 6, 1923, to Walter and Della (Jensen) Paulsen near Anthon, Iowa. He attended Anthon high school, graduating in 1942. In 1944 he was drafted into the Army. He later attended the University of South Dakota, Vermilion for two years.
In June of 1948 he married Alice Payton of Salem.
He served nine years on the Spencer School Board. In 1969 he was appointed Chairman of the Building Committee for the Salem United Church which was successfully completed in 1974. He served on many committees and was an active member of the VFW and American Legion. In 1979 he won the South Dakota State title in the state hand corn-picking contest.
He competed in state and national horseshoe tournaments and was inducted into the South Dakota Horseshoe Hall of Fame in August of 2013. He was an avid harmonica player and learned to play the banjo at the age of 80.
He is survived by his children, Dianne (Lynn) Perry, Bancroft, Mike (Marla) Paulsen, Black Hawk, and Keith (Tammy) Paulsen, Salem; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; daughter, Marjorie; and brother, Norman.
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