John M Paulsen

June 11, 1934December 31, 2020

John M. Paulsen, 86, of Sycamore passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020 surrounded by his family.

He was born June 11, 1934 in Clare to Paul C. and Lillian (Johnson) Paulsen.

John was the founder of Paulsen Appliance in downtown Sycamore which remains in his family. He was past president of the Sycamore Rotary Club. John was active in the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce. In his spare time John enjoyed golfing and spending time with family.

John is survived by his children, John Kevin (Chuck Joe) Paulsen of Las Vegas, NV, Lonnie (Kevin) Brint of Sycamore, Donald (Jean) Paulsen of Sycamore, Jaelyn Paulsen, Daniel (Tracy) Paulsen of Queen Creek, AZ; his grandchildren, Jodi (Kevin) McCall, Carol (Brad) Slutz, Adam Paulsen, Amber (Craig) Clendening, Cody Paulsen, Tristan Paulsen; his great-grandchildren, Tyler and Zach McCall, Jaedyn and Drake Slutz, and with Baby Clendening on the way; his brother, Jim (Roberta) Paulsen of Genoa, Illinois; several nieces and nephews; and his special friend, Penny Shavit.

He was preceded in death by his son, David Paulsen; his parents; and his siblings, Paul, Adolph and Russell Paulsen, Louise Petty, Margaret Crego, Mary Smith, and Christine Dieterlen.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date when we can all gather safely.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salem Lutheran Church Food Pantry.

Arrangements entrusted to Marengo-Union Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at


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Jaelyn Cook

January 4, 2021

Correction to obituary as follows:

Survivor named as "Jaelyn Paulsen" should have been "Dr. Jaelyn Cook (Daryl) Sycamore,IL"

Diane George

January 2, 2021

John was always so so positive and encouraging, a glass half full person. I am so glad that I started working at Paulsen's before he retired because he was so experienced in business and willing to say "that didn't go so well it might work better you if try this next time!" To me he was such an all around good person. He approached life with a smile and a joke if your smile wasn't there and he had a million jokes! My heart is with his entire family with a special hug for Don and Lonnie because... just because. I know how hard it is to lose your father especially at the holidays and my heart is with you all.