Paul William Beaulieu, 71, of Pillager, passed away January 20, 2021, at Essentia Health - St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. Paul died following a long, courageous battle with Interstitial Lung Disease, which he contracted from his exposure to Agent Orange during Vietnam.
A Celebration of Life will be held later. To be updated on the plans for Paul’s services, visit gatheringus.com and search “Paul William Beaulieu.”
Paul was born March 25, 1949 to Herbert and Mildred (Sayers) Beaulieu on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Paul grew up in Red Lake and later Minneapolis. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and proudly served his country in Vietnam. Following his honorable discharge, Paul married Pam Jensen on August 12, 1977. He worked as a heavy equipment operator before becoming a city carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Staples.
Paul had an infectious personality; everyone who met him became his friend. He was most at home outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, trapping and foraging for hazelnuts, choke cherries and all kinds of berries. He loved going to Powwows where he danced with his children and grandchildren. Everywhere Paul went, he made new friends and reconnected with old ones. Paul collected hats and was a music buff, playing the drums, guitar and listening to all genres of music. Paul was happiest when he was surrounded by his family and cherished every moment with his children and grandchildren.
He will be missed and is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Pam; four children, Darwin (Kristi Hinden) Stately, Red Lake, Lainie Beaulieu and Susan (Troy Kampen) Beaulieu, both of Brainerd and Justin Paul (Anne) Beaulieu, of Pillager; 14 grandchildren, Jennifer, Darwin, Jr., Tyler Stately, adopted grandson Avery White, Malik, Dezmond, TahVias, Kalia Beaulieu, Sierra Edwards, Sophia, Lydia, Asher Kampen and Brandon, Aiyana Beaulieu; four great-grandchildren, Remi and Tristan Stately, Mason Stately and Lillith Webster-Stately; special family friend, Lou Robben, of New York Mills; adopted sister, Suzie Mattocks; three siblings, including his brother, Steve, of Red Lake, with whom Paul shared a close bond; many nieces and nephews and his partner-in-crime, Shadow, his German Shephard.
He is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; two sisters; numerous aunts and uncles; his Marine Corps brother, George Mattocks; George’s mom, Paul’s adopted mother, Oleta Geis and his dear dog, Dozer.
Arrangements by Nelson - Doran Funeral Home, www.nelson-doran.com.