Roland M. Paulson

May 16, 1922March 20, 2013

Roland M. “Rollie” Paulson was born in Sioux City, IA, May, 1922, to Alfred and Sena (Madsen) Paulson, the youngest of four boys. He grew up during the Depression, working summers on the family farm.

He saw education as his ticket to a better life; he graduated early from East High School to pursue his dream: college at the University of Iowa. The WWII Navy Midshipmen Program sponsored his studies: Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Columbia University, Japanese language school at UC-Boulder and finally, Stanford Law School.

He was recalled by the Navy during the Korean War and assigned to the CIA where he met Nicole; love at first sight for him. They married and raised four children. He was a District Manager with Farmers Insurance Group for 25 years, achieving President’s Council, the highest company honor. He passed on his love of education to his children, resulting in no less than six Bachelor’s degrees, three Masters and one Doctorate. He was a life-long tennis player and sports fan. After retirement, he kept his mind sharp with complex crossword puzzles and world travels.

Rollie passed away peacefully on March 20, 2013. He’s survived by two brothers; Alfred (Bud) Paulson, Howard Paulson (Val); his wife of 56 years Nicole, sons Edward Bartlett and Eric, daughters Cristine and Lisa; eight grandsons and a great-grandson.

At his request, the memorial service will be at Grace Church & St. Stephens, Thursday March 28, 2013 at 10 A.M. Burial will follow at the church columbarium.

Thank you to the many wonderful caregivers from Home Instead, Brookdale Senior Living and Legacy Hospice who made his last year so comfortable. In memory of his life, donations may be made to University of Wisconsin, Stanford Law School or the Grace Church Organ Fund.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, March 28, 2013

Roland M. Paulson

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April 23, 2013

I was sorry to learn just recently of Rollie's passing. You were together for so many years; you must have many wonderful memories which can help to sustain you in these difficult days. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and all the family.
With deepest sympathy, Marjorie Rapp

Brian Schnese

March 26, 2013

Rollie, was one of my first mentors at Farmers. I learned so much from Rollie and appreciate all his guidance. He is a true gentleman and I have much respect for Rollie. God Bless

Tim Coy

March 25, 2013

It's been a lot of years since I've seen all of you, and am saddened to read of Mr. Paulson's passing. Blessings to all of the Paulsons from this former Grace Church parishioner.

Linda Vixie

March 25, 2013

Nicole, my heart is with you and your family. I always enjoyed visiting with Rollie in your home. Blessings.

Kim McManaman

March 25, 2013

Mrs. Paulson, long time neighbors and friends, our family would like you to know that we are thinking of you at this time, We were so glad to hear that his last year was made comfortable and that his family was close by. Nicole,,,he adored you and the way in which he spoke of his family was touching. We will be thinking of you often through this difficult time.......Kim McManaman (Hornaday), husband John, and parents Peggy and Cy Shelton?

Tim Hewitt

March 24, 2013

Nicole, my thoughts are with you and your family today.