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Oscar H. Paulsen, age 84, of Greenville, passed away Sunday morning, April 29, 2018 at his home under the loving care of his family and Spectrum Health Hospice.  The son of Charles Henry & Edna E. (McKillop) Martin, he was born on April 5, 1934, in McBride, and at the age of five was adopted by Carl N. & Thyra (Reed) Paulsen.  He was a 1952 graduate of Greenville High School and on Aug. 7, 1953, in Greenville, he married Wanda Lee Linebaugh. 

Oscar studied engineering at Ferris State University and spent his career in the automobile industry, starting out in the tool and die trade, then in supervisory and management roles with Tower Iron Works, and lastly as a tool and die maker with  General Motors. 

Oscar had attended the First Congregation Church in Greenville and he was also a  member of Rockford Masonic Lodge No. 246, Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 215,  Scottish Rite, York Rite, Royal Arch Masons, Moose Lodge, Sons of the American Legion, as well as being a member of the Saladin Shriners.  With the Shriners he served in a number of offices, including Child Care Chairman, Marshall, and Chief Aide, and was a member of the Midway, Grand Valley, and Caravan Shrine Clubs, the Legion of Honor unit, the Royal Order of the Jesters Court No. 11, El Hajj Caravan No. 7,  and participated in numerous parades and circuses.  He had also been a member of the Jaycees and had been a very active leader with the Boy Scouts of America.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Ethel Paulsen;  a grandson, Adam Spry;  a sister, Faith White;  and two brothers, Gerald "Jerry" Paulsen  and Lisle Martin.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Wanda Paulsen of Greenville;  their children, Joann "Jo" Spry of Vestaburg, Robert & Diana Paulsen of Oak Grove , Kentucky, Douglas & Karen Paulsen of Trufant, and Carla & Frank Martinek of Antioch, Illinois;  fourteen grandchildren; nine great grandchildren;  a brother, George & Dottie Wadsworth of Deland, Florida;  siblings-in-law, William Linebaugh of Greenville, Shirley Downer of Belding, Delbert & Karen Linebaugh of Belding, Leonard & Jennie Linebaugh of Greenville, Opal Linebaugh of Greenville, and Karine Linebaugh of Belding. 

Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday (with Eastern Star and Masonic ceremonies beginning at 7:00 p.m.) at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday.  Burial, with military honors, will follow at Little Denmark Cemetery, Gowen.

Instead of flowers, Oscar would have appreciated contributions to Shriner's Hospitals for  Children.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.      

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Oscar's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Steve and Gwen Spry on May 1, 2018 at 12:00 am

    So very sorry for your loss of Oscar. Our thoughts and prayers for God’s comfort at this time, for the family.-á -á -á

  2. Ruth Williams on May 1, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Dear Wanda
    -áI am so sorry for your loss. As you know I have known Oscar sense i was 4 years old . He was such a good friend to all of our family.-á I will keep you and your family in my prayers .I speak for all the Ingersoll’s-á in telling you that the world is going to miss this great man..

  3. Larry & Susan Anstett on May 2, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Wanda and family,
    We are very sad to hear of Oscar’s passing.-á He was always interesting to listen to and we-á enjoyed his company.-á Our entire staff was fond of him.-á You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Jeff and Peggy on May 5, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Jeff and I are so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad.-á Sending prayers.-á

  5. Florence Kahler on May 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Dear Wanda:-á My deepest sympathy on your loss.-á Oscar was a former classmate of mine and we had a lot of fun as kids in Turk Lake School, a lot of fond memories.-á -áHe sat right behind me and was always pulling my pigtails trying to get one into his inkwell (that part wasn’t fun).-á I send my love and condolences at this difficult time.

    Florence (Ingersoll) Kahler

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