Thomas Joseph Paulsen, 65, passed away peacefully in his sleep December 29, 2014 in Grants Pass, Ore. He was born June 23, 1949 in Hawley, Minnesota to Dorothy Moore and George Paulsen.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967 and served during the Vietnam War, ranked E4 Corporal. He was awarded multiple medals and badges. He was the front man for our troops in Vietnam. After two tours in Vietnam, he traveled to Sierra Leone in the early 1980's as a diamond miner.
He then resided in Southern Oregon. He graduated from Rogue Community College with a degree in welding and worked as a truck driver for Erickson Trucking until November, 2012 when he retired.
He was a member of "The Old Guard Riders" riding for Vets, and enjoyed to ride his Harley. He enjoyed many activities with this club and attending biker rallies. He loved to fish, be outdoors and build things in his shop. Most of all, he loved and enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.
Survivors include two sisters, Claudia Pratt of Williams, Ore. and Berdette McDonald of Medford, Ore.; two brothers, David Paulsen of Kirby, Ore. and Lyle Paulsen of Rimrock, Ariz; four nephews; five nieces; and two great-nieces.
A memorial graveside service is set for 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 9, 2015 at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. Stephens Family Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be to the family at stephensfc.com.