Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Grandpa Oscar

Oscar Neil Paulsrud, 83, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin passed away peacefully in his wife’s arms on December 29, 2012 at Mayo Health Systems Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Oscar was born on March 20, 1929 to Burnett and Leona (nee Mogensen) Paulsrud in Chetek. Oscar was baptized and confirmed at Dover Lutheran Church in Barron County. He also grew up on his grandparents’ farm in Barron County. At the age of 16, Oscar enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Bremerton, Washington. The farm boy from Chetek joined the Navy to see the world, but was put on the Naval All Star softball team and toured only the United States. In 1953, Oscar was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy and went on to work many different jobs. Oscar was a cattle buyer for Armour, a foreman for National Presto Industries, a bartender (local entertainer) for Yard 4, Holiday Inn, and Myron Scott’s. Oscar also was a laborer for H.F. Radant Construction and retired from Permar at Celestica in Chippewa Falls as a security guard.
Oscar married Karen (nee Wenzel) on February 15, 1969. They spent 43 beautiful years of marriage together and had 2 children: Jessica J. (Bryon) Paulsrud-Hoehn and Luke O. (Karissa) Paulsrud.
Oscar had 5 children from a previous marriage: Pamela, Micheal (Diane), Kim, Mark (Bobbi), and Jody (Sarah) Paulsrud.
When Oscar was working at the Holiday Inn, he became a personal friend of Dave Dudley, a country singer. The two continued to enjoy a lifelong friendship. Oscar was a member of the local construction labor union and was also an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast. Oscar was an honorary member of the Seventh Sons and enjoyed many rides with the guys. Oscar started out owning a Honda “Chopper” but went on to get his dream Harley “Sportster”.
Oscar played softball for the Chetek Fireman, Ray’s, Slims, St. John’s and many other local teams. Oscar was a power hitting left-handed hitter and a right-handed 1st baseman or “utility player”.
Oscar enjoyed playing softball at the Eagles Club with his sons: Mike, Kim, Mark, and Jody. He was also an avid Brewers fan and followed the Braves from Milwaukee to Atlanta.
Oscar played many games of Dirty Clubs with family and entered SMEAR tournament at Slims bar in Hallie.
Oscar never missed a Green Bay Packer game and he’s probably watching over them right now and will be cheering for them Saturday night.
Oscar will be sadly missed by all.
Oscar was preceded in death by his parents, Burnett and Leona (nee Mogensen) Paulsrud; brothers: Lewis, James, and Norman (Buck); sisters: Sally Johnson and Norma LaPlaca; and grandson J.R. (Jon Ralph) Paulsrud.
Oscar is survived by his wife of 43 years, Karen (nee Wenzel); children: Jessica (Bryon) Hoehn, Luke (Karissa) Paulsrud, Pamela Paulsrud, Michael (Diane) Paulsrud, Kim Paulsrud, Mark (Bobbi) Paulsrud, and Jody (Sarah) Paulsrud; grandchildren: Jason Cameric, Kristopher Kelly, Amanda (Sam) Isham-Schopf, Daniel (Julie) Paulsrud, Gabrielle Paulsrud, Josh Paulsrud, Jennifer Paulsrud, Jacob Paulsrud, Dalton Hoehn, Logan Paulsrud, and Parker Paulsrud; as well as many great-grandchildren; brother Bruce (Shirley) Paulsrud; sister Karen Kuechenmeister; as well as many nieces and nephews.