On December 5, 1955, Paul was united in marriage to Dorothy Olson. He continued to use the skills he’d mastered in the Navy, and for the next 42 years he worked for the Soo Line Railroad as a Telegrapher operator and agent. He was stationed in Erskine, Brooks, Plummer and Thief River Falls, and retired in 1991. In later years, he was often asked to demonstrate his trade to children and adults at Pioneer Village and other historical events.
On Valentine’s Day 1997 Paul married Donna Jean (Nelson) Halverson. Together they traveled to Paul’s Navy reunions, visited family, went dancing, and made wonderful memories. Paul gained an entire family when he married Donna, and although he would say that he was “a blessed man”, it was “Grandpa Paul” who was a rich blessing to her children, grandchildren, and other family and friends.
In his younger years, Paul enjoyed archery, competing at the state level, and was instrumental in establishing an outdoor shooting range. He could hit every target and would go hunting, but could never bring himself to actually shoot anything. His patriotism was evident to all who knew him, and he often was in a leadership role sharing his love of his country. He was a life member of the VFW, a member of the American Legion for 60 years, and a member of the Eagles, American Vets, Military Order of Cooties, a life member of the Elks, and a life member of the International War Veterans Alliance. Paul’s life was a life of service.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy, February 21, 1996, his wife Donna, December 3, 2013, and his sister Florence Eckberg.
He is survived by his sister, Shirley Hartong, Long Beach, CA, step-children Mike (Rosana Valencia) Halverson, Ecuador, Marc (Susan) Halverson, Thief River Falls, MN and LeAnn (David) Cruse, Middle River, MN, as well as grandchildren Sarah (Bryant Brown) Halverson, Ryan Halverson, David (Ashley) Halverson , Jennifer (Steve) Osvold and Brian (Bernadette) Cruse. He is also survived by great-grandchildren Jaemyn, Aria, Rylan, Gunnar, Aubrey, Ellie, Brekkin, Reese, Everlee, Crosby and Vivian Jean, 3 nephews and 3 nieces.
When Paul was writing notes for his own obituary, he wrote that he “enjoyed making friends and keeping them as friends.” He never stopped doing that – he was a special man who touched many lives.