Noel D. Paulson, 74, formerly of Spring Valley

Noel Duane Paulson, 74, of Princeton, Minn., died peacefully at his home on the morning of March 15, 2019.

He was born January 19, 1945, in Austin, Minn., the second of nine children to Arlie and Vivian Paulson. He spent his childhood at the family farm in Hayfield, Minn., until his graduation from Hayfield High School in 1963.

Noel attended college at Winona State University where he earned his degree in education in 1970. That same year, he married Carol Winslow and began his teaching and coaching career in Spring Valley.

After teaching, Noel moved his family north, eventually opening the Pizza Barn in Princeton, Minn., where his family still lives and operates his business. In 1997, Noel married Penny Pettit and resided in Princeton until his death.

Noel was an avid sports fan and an exceptional athlete. One of his greatest honors was being inducted into the Hayfield High School Hall of Fame in 2016. One of his passions later in life was attending the athletic activities of his grandchildren and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and anything outdoors, a passion he passed on to the generations that followed. For all that knew Noel, he can be remembered as a kind, gentle and humble man.

Noel is survived by his wife, Penny, of Princeton; daughter, Jody and son, Chris (Kari) of Princeton, stepdaughter, Mindy (Jason) of Buffalo Minn.; 10 grandchildren, Jordan (James) Koehn of Detroit, Sonia, Jillian and Haydn Stay of Princeton, Josie Bjurman of Monticello, Laney and Lacey Paulson of Princeton, and Grant, Claire and Emmett of Buffalo; six siblings, Neal Paulson of Princeton, Naomi Kline (Ron Gross) of Jacksonville, Fla., Beverly (Jerry) Krog of Lake Benton, Minn., Barbara (Jim) Bolitho of Hayward, Wis., Debra Dupree of Coronado, Calif., and Denise (Juan) Valle of Chicago; great-grandson, Bentley Christopher, and another great-grandchild due to join his family in October, as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Arlie and Vivian, and two brothers, Bradley and Darryl.

A celebration of his life will be at his place of business, The Pizza Barn, on Sunday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Internment will be at Fairview Cemetery at a later date.