Steen resident and long-time Rural Water employee Daryl “Red” Paulsen passed away suddenly this week from an apparent heart attack.
Paulsen, who played a pivotal role in the early years of Rock County Rural Water, died Sunday, June 22, in his home west of Steen.
Steen residents will recall him as the civic-minded son of Steen legends Mildred and Curtis Paulsen, but his most lasting contributions were to Rock County Rural Water.
Longtime Rural Water secretary Glenda Schomacker said she knew Paulsen as a caring man.
“He cared for his family, his aunts, his co-workers and the Rock County Rural Water customers,” she wrote in a tribute to Paulsen that will appear in the Rural Water newsletter.
“He will be missed; he took a ton of knowledge with him. ”
Paulsen started working at Rock County Rural Water in 1980 hooking up customers’ meters, first part time, then full time, until he retired in August of 2010.
“Daryl requested no retirement party,” Schomacker said. “He said he walked in the first day of work with no party and wanted to leave the same way.”
Paulsen is survived by his wife, Marie, two children, Steve and Suzie, and six grandchildren.
His complete obituary appears on page 4.