Eddie ’Bud’ Paulsen

Eddie Paulsen, or “Bud” as he was better known to his family and friends, passed quietly away in Ridgecrest on Nov. 5, after a long illness. He was 78.

Bud was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on Oct. 10, 1935, the youngest of five children born to John and Mabel Paulsen. The family stayed on in Sioux City for a while and then moved to Los Angeles, finally coming to China Lake in 1947. Bud started at Burroughs School in the sixth grade. His interest in those years was the outdoors and later on it was cars.

When Bud left Burroughs in 1954, he joined the Air Force and married Terry Walker, also of the Class of 1954. They had one son, Barry. Bud left the service after a time and went to work on the base. He retired in the late 1980s and moved to St. George, Utah, finally moving back to Ridgecrest in 1998.

Bud is survived by his son Barry of Ridgecrest; and grandson Daniel and his wife Michelle of Inyokern, parents of Bud’s lovely great-granddaughters, Bonnie, Ashley, Kaitlyn, Jesse and Kylie, and a new baby boy coming soon. He is also survived by his brother John, of Sioux City, Neb.; sisters Doris McKenna of Sioux City and Phyllis Grubel, of Omaha, Neb. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Jeanette.

God bless you, Bud, and know that your family and friends miss you.

Submitted by family and friends of Bud Paulsen

Story First Published: 2013-11-13