Paul Samuelson

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Paul Freeman  Samuelson, 97, passed away peacefully Friday evening May 5, 2017  at Sunset Knoll Care and Rehab Center in Aurelia following a fall in his home at Welcov Assisted Living in Alta.

 Memorial services will be held on Friday, May 12th, at 11 a.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, with Pastor Norman Prather officiateing. Visitation at the funeral home, with the family presen, will be on Friday from 10 a.m. until service time.  Burial will be at Buena Vista Memorial Park Cemetery in Storm Lake. The family requests that memorials be made to Unity Point Hospice in Storm Lake. On line condolences may be left at


Paul was born on a farm near Cleghorn in Rock Township, Cherokee County, Iowa, on December 15, 1919 to Berger and Hertha (Hanson) Samuelson.  He grew up on the farm and attended rural one-room schools.He graduated from Quimby High School in 1937, and while in school he played basketball and played saxophone in the band. Following graduation, Paul worked on the farm with his father and as a hired man on neighboring farms for three years.


Paul met Wanda Mae Volkert at a dance in Cherokee in 1938 and they were married April 10, 1940 in Holstein.  Paul worked at Simonsen’s Bean Mill from 1940 to 1943, then during World War II joined his father-in-law Ed Volkert in farming south of Quimby. Paul continued farming for 40 years on his own, raising row crops and livestock, until he retired in 1981. 


Upon retiring, “Red” (as he was called by family and friends) and Wanda moved to a home on Potato Lake outside of Park Rapids, Minnesota, living there and in St. Cloud, Minnesota until the mid-1990’s when they moved back to Newell, and then later to Aurelia.  Through the years, the couple were blessed with three sons and a daughter: Roger, Gary, Ronald and Shari.  Paul and Wanda celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary on April 10, 2017. 


During his long life, Paul enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, golf and reading, especially Western novels. He also used his welder to craft useful items for the home - building wind chimes and birdhouses, for example. He even had a backyard garden until just the last few years.  He also loved dancing with Wanda, enjoyed country and old time music, and traveling to visit his children and grandchildren. ”Uncle Red” was a card. because he could always tell you a good joke, make babies smile, and occasionally sing a bawdy song.


Paul was preceded in death by his brother Virgil (Lucille) Samuelson; his sister Virgine (Harry) Carlson; three sons - Roger, Gary and Ronald; and five brothers-in-law - Wilbert Vohs, James Young, Lorne Hahn, Paul Volkert and Alvin (Erma) Volkert. 


He is survived by his wife Wanda; daughter Shari (John) Wesely of Phoenix, Arizona; daughter-in-law Gay Samuelson of Scottsdale, Arizona, grandchildren James Samuelson (Marcia) of Newburyport, Massachusetts, Holly (Chris) Shill of Scottsdale, Arizona,, David Samuelson of Dilworth, Minnesota and Vanessa (Scott) Sakai of Scottsdale, Arizona; great-grandchildren Nicole and Andrea Samuelson, Aaron and Sachi Sakai,and Reagan Shill, sisters-in-law Frieda Vohs of Holstein, Carolyn Young of Galva, Janet Hahn of Aurelia and Barbara Volkert of Cherokee; any many nieces and nephews.