Loren James Paulson – October 7, 1950 – February 20, 2021 Lee’s Summit, MO
Loren passed away on February 20, 2021 from Leukemia at age 70. Loren was born to Margaret and Kenneth Paulson in Estherville, IA on October 7, 1950.
While growing up in Iowa, Loren developed a love of music which eventually took him to the University of Iowa to study Opera. It also earned him three separate inductions into the Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. While playing with The Soul Company, he met the love of his life and mother of his three daughters, Cathy, or as he called her “Babe”. They were married in 1971 and enjoyed nearly 40 years of marriage before she passed away in 2010. Loren was a wonderful husband, the ultimate girl dad to his three girls and a bonus dad to his son Mike, his nieces and countless others who needed him at various times in their lives. There wasn’t a man around who loved his grandkids more than Papa did and his weekends were often consumed with a tight activities schedule to ensure he could see as many of his kiddos do their thing as was possible. He always showed up. Family and friends never doubted how much they were loved as he told them frequently. He was incredibly generous to those he loved as well as many he didn’t even know. If there was a need and he could help, he did. It was that simple. He often shared that he was where he was in life because others gave to him and his family and he felt compelled to give back. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Loren is survived by his daughters Terra (Andrew), Tiffany (Amanda) and Toni (Scott), his brother Larry (Mena), twelve grandchildren, countless nieces, nephews, and other family members and his granddog, Liza. He is preceded in death by his wife Cathy, mother Margaret, father Kenneth, son Mike and brother Jamie.
Due to concerns surrounding the health and safety of others, the family will be holding a small private funeral of close family and friends at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit, MO on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 2pm. They hope to be able to host a Celebration of Loren’s life in the fall for all who knew and loved him. Until that time, please visit: https://www.gatheringus.com/memorial/loren-j-paulson/6840 to celebrate his life. Collecting your stories and memories here will offer us great comfort. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Chain of Hope (www.chainofhopekc.org), the incredible organization that brought him his sweet Liza Doo. She brought him so much comfort and peace. They would also like to thank the many doctors and caregivers for their wonderful care to Loren over the past few years. Daddy we love you… please give Mommy a kiss from us.
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
It was an honor to know Loren. He was an incredible man who raised three amazing girls and was an awesome Papa to his grandchildren. He was also a great friend and tremendous father-in-law to my son. Loren will be so sorely missed. We’re thrilled to imagine that Cathy was there to usher him in with hugs and kisses… and to believe they are making up for lost time. Rest in peace Loren. Yours was a life well lived. What could be better? Oh…heaven!
So sad about Loren’s passing. We were together with the Class of ‘68’s 50th. He was so much fun and the world has lost a wonderful person. He sat at our table and we had lots of stories from school. Prayers and thoughts are with you. It was a privilege to be his friend. Sincerely, Barb
His laugh. We will miss his laugh the most. And his smile. That, too. He was such an awesome man who loved his family. I used to tease him so much about that old DOS computer he at home. I didn’t think he’d ever get rid of it! But when he called me and said he had bought new Windows computers and could I set up his new program, I was happy to become his “employee”. And for a while, I was part of the family. Loved my time with the Paulson’s!
Charlie & Trudy
To Loren’s family,
My deepest sympathies. I was devastated to find out today that he had passed away. I worked with Loren for several years when I was Exec. Director of the Iowa RockNRoll Music Association and he served on the board. He was such a joy to be around. He and Cathy worked tirelessly for IRRMA and we had some really fun times together as well. May Loren rest in peace and may he add his musical talent to that of his musician friends already up there in heaven waiting for him to join the band. God bless you all as you mourn.
We love you Loren….we will miss you at our 55th class reunion!!!!
My family has known Loren for lots of years- my parents and his parents were friends-so I guess I have known him since he was a snotty nosed kid in Estherville….we had lots of fun going to school together and doing some dramatics on the High School stage. Such adventures……we are sorry for your loss. bertie and larry
To Loren’s Family All of us at Swift Carriers Inc wish to extend our deepest sympathy in regard to Loren’s passing. We enjoyed a near 30 year business relationship with the agency. Loren always guided our company through everything insurance related with a level of knowledge and service that could not be matched, he will certainly be missed by everyone that knew him Greg Swift