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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Gary M. Paulson
February 22, 1952 - September 18, 2021

Residence: Cartwright, North Dakota



Gary Martin Paulson was born February 22, 1952 to Arthur C. and Elizabeth J. Paulson. Because he was born on our first president’s birthday, Dad wanted to name him George Washington Paulson. Thankfully, Mom didn’t think much of that idea. He was the 7th baby and 4th living son.

Gary attended school in Cartwright and Alexander before settling in at East Fairview School. He graduated from Fairview High School in 1970. After spending some time at MSU in Bozeman in Agri-Business classes, he enlisted in the US Army in 1972. Following Basic Training, he was deployed to the DMZ in Korea. He returned to Cartwright, where he farmed and raised pigs for several years. Gary worked heavy construction for RH Gifford, and then purchased Sidney Grain with partner, Brian Ler. After 20 years at the elevator, he went to work for McKenzie County Road Dept. as a grader operator, where he worked until he retired in 2020.

Gary was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 2020. He died from complications of the disease on September 18th, 2021 – his mother’s birthday.

Gary is survived by his siblings, Carroll (Linda) Paulson, Cartwright; Elizabeth (Jim) Wentz, Billings, MT; Arthur G. (Pam Burman) Paulson, Cartwright; Janet Fisher, Thief River Falls, MN; Karen (Kevin) Boehler, Cartwright, his uncle, Gene (Bev) Martin, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his black Lab and best friend, Hunter.

He is re-uniting with his parents Art & Betty Paulson, brother David L. Paulson, infant brother Robert Neil Paulson, grandparents Knut & Anna Paulson and Ludwig and Elizabeth Martin, sister-in-law Jackie Paulson, and brothers-in-law Harry Kramer and Jim Fisher.

A celebration of Gary’s life is 10:00 am MDT, Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church in Fairview, MT. Interment will be in Nameless Cemetery, Cartwright, ND, with Military Honors. Memorials may be sent to the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, or the charity of your choice.

Gary loved to fish and hunt in the great outdoors. He and Hunter especially enjoyed hunting upland birds, and he spent a lot of time on the Yellowstone River and Lake Sakakawea, bringing home stringers full of walleye. Fishing was a favorite pastime of the Paulson kids growing up. We share many fond memories of early mornings on the shores of the Yellowstone and Charbonneau Creek.

Gary carried on his Dad’s legacy as a loyal Minnesota Twins fan, and traveled to spring training games. He was also a die-hard Vikings fan. He was on a bowling league for many years, traveling to the big tournament in Las Vegas a couple of times. He also enjoyed being on a pool league team with friends in Fairview. He excelled at gardening, and often shared his bounty. He enjoyed his family, friends and life in Cartwright.

Gary was an easy-going guy who could sit down and visit with anyone. Everyone who knew him will remember his boisterous laugh. You always knew Gary was in the room when you heard it. He had a special relationship with his nieces and nephews and their kids, always giving out the best Halloween treats and enjoying snowball fights. All of them were very fond of him.

The same can be said for most people that knew Gary. Neighbors, classmates and co-workers were life-long friends.

He will be sorely missed.





Memorial Contribution
In lieu of flowers the family request memorials to the North Dakota Boys Ranch, or a charity of one’s choice.

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Gail Hunter (Appleton, WI)
Sep 19, 2021
Sending all my love to the family... keeping you in my thoughts and prayers...
Doug Hettich
Sep 20, 2021
My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Paulson Family. I will miss visiting with Gary.
Chole Crosby (Sidney, MT)
Sep 20, 2021
Karen and family, I am very sorry for your loss. May Our Lord continue to comfort you and give you strength in the days to come. God Bless.
Ann (Faulkner) Johnsrud (Watford City, ND)
Sep 20, 2021
Paulson family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of the Paulson family from our time in Cartwright. I also enjoyed seeing Gary from time to time at the County.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Tom Milker (Rapid City, SD)
Sep 20, 2021
Carol Art so sorry to hear head bowed in prayer God Bless
Debra Vaira (Bill8ngs, Mt)
Sep 20, 2021
So sorry to hear. Prayers to the family. Always loved his laugh even though I hadn't seen him for so very long.
Larry and Cheryl Tveit (Lake Preston , South Dakota )
Sep 21, 2021
Please accept our deepest condolences Paulson family, Gary may you rest in peace
Robin Trudell (Fairview , Montana )
Sep 21, 2021
May God bless you all. Gary will be missed by many. Robin and Dennis Trudell
Leon Helstad (Trout Creek, MT)
Sep 23, 2021
Very sorry this happened to Gary. He was one of the nicer, happiest guys I had ever met. My condolences. Leon
Lois Croy Vanidestine (Green Bay , Wisconsin )
Sep 23, 2021
Thoughts and prayers are with each of you. I have so many happy memories of our families and the good times we had. Gary was a very kind and fun loving guy, he will always have a special place in my heart.
Pat Denowh (Apache Junction, Arizona)
Sep 23, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Paulson family. Gary was a friend, a soldier and a good North Dakota country boy and I too will miss his laugh and his giggles.
Myrna Hay (Watford City, North Dakota)
Sep 23, 2021
My sincere sympathy and condolences to the Paulson Family. Gary was an amazing man I enjoyed the many times we were together at the various McKenzie County Crew gatherings, he was always full of laughs and great memories. He will be missed by many. RIP Gary...
Kevin and Jackie Sullivan
Sep 23, 2021
Very nice ceremony for Gary! RIP Gary. Heaven has got a great man.
Rich & Marilyn Croy (Coeur d' Alene, Idaho)
Sep 28, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers for Gary's family. He was a good person and will be missed.
Larry and Cheryl Tveit (Lake Preston , South Dakota )
Sep 28, 2021
Please accept our deepest condolences Paulson family, Gary may you rest in peace
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