John Reynold Paulsrud, 72, died at his home in Zionsville on Nov. 21, 2013, surrounded by family, after a courageous seven-month battle with cancer.
He was born in Faribault, Minn., on April 14, 1941, to G.A. Paulsrud and Lyla Lette Pederson Paulsrud. After graduating from Central High School in Sioux City, Iowa, John attended St. Olaf College and the University of South Dakota for his undergraduate studies. He earned a PhD in Biochemistry in 1968 from the University of Iowa and later completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Hormel Institute in Austin, Minn. He married Ramona Johnson Paulsrud on June 9, 1962, at First Lutheran Church in Sioux City.
John began his career in research at Hoffmann La Roche in Nutley, N.J., prior to accepting a position at Boehringer Mannheim in Indianapolis. During this time he developed a passion for computers and, in 1982, opened his own business, The Computer Place, in Zionsville’s Boone Village. He briefly returned to research in the pathology department at Indiana University (IUPUI) in 1988 before combining his expertise as a scientist with his love of computers to pursue a rewarding 20-year career as a network and computer support specialist at Riley Hospital.
John loved family, teaching and church. Throughout his life he was a teacher who mastered his interests and shared his many gifts. Earlier in life he captivated his flock of nieces and nephews by orchestrating the baiting of hooks and cleaning of fish at the family lake house in Wisconsin, a passion that would continue with his grandsons. To his children, he was a devoted father who guided them to define and achieve their passions. His many projects taught Brian that he loved gardening and taking care of animals, and taught Susan that she would rather use her intellect to pay for these services. In retirement, John found joy in spending additional time with his grandsons, helping seniors become more comfortable using computers, and taking mission trips with Ramona to Guatemala. He also was an accomplished cook, gardener and photographer. He will be missed by those who loved him.
John is survived by his wife, Ramona; daughter, Susan Paulsrud Welch (Wade); and son, Brian Paulsrud (Karen). He also is survived by five grandsons: Austin and Connor Welch, and Wyatt, Aaron and Aidan Paulsrud; his sister, Ann Paulsrud Mumford (Earl); his brother, Dr. David Paulsrud (Joan); and nine nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one nephew, Eric Paulsrud.
Visitation for family and friends is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, and a celebration of John’s life is at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. Both observances are at Zionsville United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Zionsville United Methodist Church Guatemala Mission, St. Vincent Foundation Hospice Care or the IU Simon Cancer Center.
Arrangements were entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan – Zionsville.