James “Jim” Paulson

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Wednesday, March 29, 1939
Date of Death:
Thursday, August 1, 2019
80 years old


Date: Monday August 05, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Funeral Mass

Date: Tuesday August 06, 2019
Time: 10:30 am

Location: Co-Cathedral of St. John The Evangelist [ view map ]


Location: Calvary Cemetery [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Wednesday, March 29, 1939
Date of Death:
Thursday, August 1, 2019
80 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Wednesday, March 29, 1939
Date of Death:
Thursday, August 1, 2019
80 years old

James “Jim” Paulson

James Donald Paulson, 80, of Rochester, passed away peacefully at home comforted by his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Jim was born on March 29, 1939 to Floyd and Dorothy (Stewart) Paulson. He attended Holmes Elementary School in Rochester and graduated from Rochester High School in 1957. In 1960, James married Mary Barbara Conway and had 5 children together, Daniel James Paulson, Beth (Scott) Soderman of Cambridge, MN,  Tom Paulson of Kasson, Mike (Stacy) Paulson of Rochester, and Katie Paulson of Rochester. In 1996, James married Michelle “Miki” Klaser. The Paulson family was blessed to gain another sister Molly (Eric) Ellefson of Sioux Falls, SD.

Jim was self employed.  His lifelong career was in the rock quarry business. He owned and operated Stussy Construction and Paulson Rock Products. Jim’s sons, Tom and Mike have spent their entire lives working next to their father at the quarries. He also farmed land in Olmsted County, Dodge County, and Mower County. For a short time, he was employed as a deputy with the Olmsted Co. Sheriff’s Department, under Sheriff Jerry Cunningham. Jim’s hobby was WORK, which he loved. He belonged to Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Elks Club in Rochester. Along with his wife and children, he is survived by siblings, Floyd Jr. of Rochester, Janice Aaby of Rochester, Linda (Bruce) Larson of St. Paul, grandchildren Ali Soderman, Sam Soderman, Danielle Paulson, Lillie Roche, Michael Paulson, Daniel Paulson, Alex Ney, Hope Roche, Karlee Paulson, Maggie Paulson, and Quinn Ellefson.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, and his son, Daniel James Paulson (1981).

The Funeral Mass for Jim will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Rochester. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, August 5, 2019 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery of Rochester.

Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com


The family of James “Jim” Paulson has received the following condolences.

Uncle Jim! Sweet Uncle...May God bless your good soul. We send our deepest condolences and love to his family from Waltham, MA.

Much love and prayers,

Rebecca, Pablo and Rafael Martinez

To The Paulson Family,

So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a “gentle giant” as I remember him. Always kind, patient, and generous. Take consolation in the fact that he is now hanging out with Dan and Rainbow!

Keeping you all in my thoughts, heart, and prayers. 

Bob Warren

To the Pauson Clan,

My heartfelt condolences. 

Jim was always welcoming and kind to Dan's friends. He set a wonderful example for us.  No matter all what he went through he could still laugh and he did so with gusto.

At this difficult time, please remember his laugh and how infectious it was.

Given who Jim was and what he did, there is much to celebrate: a life well lived. 

Todd Howland 

So sorry for your loss. We too share your sadness as Jim was a good friend. We will miss the memorial as we are out of town. Our hearts and prayers will be there.

Love and deepest sympathy, Dick and Janice Ostrom

i had the honor of working for Jjm. he was a very fair man, i had the greatest respect for him. he was always nice to me and i will never forget him. it was very sad to hear that he passed away. we always said he was the eye in the sky. now he truly is. Tom and mike ,I'm very sorry to hear the bad news.

He was a great businessman and did a great job with his work at Stussy Construction.  Our sympathy and thoughts are with his family.

To all the members of the Paulson family - We were so saddened to learn of Jim's passing.  He was a wonderful and giving man who was always ready to assist anyone who called on him.  You are all in our prayers.  God bless you and keep you strong.

Sandy & Jim


Our condolences to the Paulson family.  Over my tenure at Lourdes, Jim was a constant help to the Lourdes Athletic Department. He was a kind, helpful and generous man.  And he did it in such a happy way.  I could always count on Jim, he was the best.  Thoughts and prayers the family.

Marv Peters, retired Lourdes AD.

We met Jim & Terri at Micheals bar in downtown Rochester after we moved to Rochester in 2005.  We had common interests and experiences to share immediately and enjoyed each others company.  Gordy was driving for Corp. Car & Coach and Jim elected to use the company to travel to the Mpls. Airport and requested Gordy be his driver and their friendship  flourished.  Gordy always enjoyed his time driving Jim and will miss that opportunity to be with him.  It was very easy to like Jim for his friendly personality etc.  .    

With the passing of my Godfather my heart is heavy today?my thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time???

Rest in peace Jim?

Dearest Katie and family,

‘I am so very sorry for the loss of your Dad. I am thinking of you, Katie and holding you close in my heart. 

All my love and prayers, Vicki

God bless you and your family. Rest in peace Jim you will be missed. Bette (Wesley) Baker Family 

We miss you already Jim! Will miss seeing your warm smile and kind words! Watch over your family and my mom! ? 

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Paulson family during this difficult time.  Mr. Paulson was such a generous man.  He has allowed me to hunt on his land for the past 16 years.  Without his generosity I would have never made memories that will last a lifetime.

Tom and Mike you guys are the best!  It hurts me to know you guys are going through this right now.  Tom is the big brother I never had.  


Love you guys,


Dear Paulsons,

I am so sorry for your loss.  Jim was one of the greats.  I was so lucky to be a neighborhood kid and to always feel warmly welcomed by Jim  (how did he do that? He was amazing...boundless love for so many).  I am with all of you in spirit tonight and in the days to come.

Dear Mr. Paulson, Rest in Peace.  You gave so much to so many, may perpetual light now shine upon you.

With deepest sympathy and condolences,

Monica Gowan

When I told my dad of Jim’s passing he said, “He was a good man, he was the head rock crusher”.  From one hard working man in the business to the next, I suspect that is the highest compliment.

I am sincerely sorry for your loss. Jim was a good man and a kind and thoughtful father, husband, family member and friend. He will be greatly missed by all.