Bruce Paulsen

Nov 13, 1963 - Aug 02, 2023

Bruce Paulsen

November 13, 1963 - August 02, 2023



Bruce Paulsen, 59 of Malvern, IA, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, IA. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at the Charles E. and Florence M. Lakin Community Center in Malvern with Pastor Carl Phillips officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Omaha National Cemetery. Loess Hills Funeral Home in Malvern is caring for Bruce and his family.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are directed to the family

Bruce Alan Paulsen, 59 of Malvern, Iowa passed away August 2, 2023 at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
    Bruce was born November 13, 1963 in Harlan, Iowa, one of three sons, to Daryl "Chris" and Janice Paulsen.  He was a 1982 graduate of Avo-Ha Jr. Sr. High School. After completing high school, Bruce joined the United States Air Force and served all 4 years at Offutt Air Force in Bellevue, NE in the Sac Elite Guard. In 1983 his unit was sent to Cairo, Egypt to guard a plane. Although he was not there for an extended amount of time, he talked about it often. Upon being discharged from the Air Force, Bruce knew he wanted to be in law enforcement but got impatient waiting for a call back (2wks) and on May 19, 1986 he joined the United States Coast Guard. First duty station was Sandy Hook, New Jersey doing search and rescue on the Atlantic Ocean. In March of 1988, Bruce received orders to Petaluma, California where he attended A school, he graduated in September 1988 as a Radioman. Next duty station was Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, standing watch over Lake Superior, Michigan and Huron and the St Mary's River. In 1991 Bruce had orders to the United States Coast Guard Cutter Durable (WMEC 628) in St. Petersburg, Florida where he spent one year stationed on the ship patrolling the Caribbean before returning to Iowa to be with his ill mother. Bruce was honorably discharged from the Coast Guard on May 19, 1992, obtaining the rank of Radioman 2nd Class. Again, upon getting out of the military his dream was to be a cop. His dream came true on July 22, 1992 when he was hired with the Mills County Sheriff's Office (65-8). He proudly served the citizens of Mills County and after 24 years, he retired from the department as Chief Deputy/Jail Administrator (65-2).
Bruce received several Military awards throughout his years of service: Air Force Achievement Medal,  two Coast Guard Good Conduct awards, Coast Guard Unit Commendation with Operational Distinguishing Device, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, and Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation. He served as Firearms instructor for Mills County, Drug Recognition Expert, headed up the Explorers Program, along with other certifications. Bruce attended town hall meetings, assisting with the completion of the current Mills County Jail. He served on the Malvern School Board.
    Bruce married Dawn Michelle Friend on February 27, 1988 in Avoca. To this marriage they were blessed with two daughters, Danielle Michelle and Brooke Amber. They divorced in 2016 but since had rekindled their relationship. Over the years, Bruce enjoyed camping and fishing, and bowling and golfing. He was an avid Atlanta Falcons fan, liked to do character drawings, and loved spending time with his family and friends. More recently since retiring, Bruce enjoyed doing Poppa Daycare and spending time with Dawn, his girls and grandchildren. In fact in the evenings he would sit and watch soap operas with Dawn. 
    Bruce is survived by his daughters, Danielle Paulsen (Ryan Radford) of Malvern and Brooke Paulsen of Shenandoah, IA; wife Dawn Paulsen of Malvern; grandchildren, Tatum Paulsen and Ethan Radford of Malvern, and Avery Crowden and Bently Paulsen of Shenandoah; brothers, Jeff (Lynn) Paulsen and Mark (Nyla) Paulsen, all of Avoca, IA; several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.


Wed, Aug 9, 2023 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Charles E. and Florence M. Lakin Community Center

61321 315th Street
Malvern, Iowa 51551

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Wed, Aug 9, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Charles E. and Florence M. Lakin Community Center

61321 315th Street
Malvern, Iowa 51551

Military honors will be held following the service

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