Edward D. Paulsen, 89, of Shawnee, died Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in a local hospital.

Edward D. Paulsen, 89, of Shawnee, died Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in a local hospital.

Services will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 11, in the chapel of Walker Funeral Service. Burial will be 3 p.m. Tuesday in Canton Cemetery, Canton, Oklahoma, under the direction of Walker Funeral Service. The casket will be open until service time, and not be re-opened following the service.

Ed was born June 18, 1929, in Canton to Edward and Osa (Blankenship) Paulsen.

He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Ed served in various executive positions within the aerospace industry, with his focus on art and IT desktop publishing.

Ed was an accomplished artist all of his life. In his later years he took up wood carving. Some of his most notable projects were hand carved rocking horses that were gifts for his grandchildren, over 100 folk art canes, many given to wounded warriors, and caricature scenes. He won many awards for his pieces and he was made a member of the Rocking Horse Guild of Great Britain for his exceptional work on the carousel rocking horses.

Ed had a great love of flying. He went for his first plane ride at 3 years old when his uncle bought him a ride at the fair on a bi-plane. Although he never learned to fly, he made model airplanes and flew them. After retirement he taught model airplane building at Gordon Cooper Vocational Technical School.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, Lawrence Wesley Paulsen, and two brothers, Ronald Paulsen and Kenneth Paulsen.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Paulsen; his children: Alice Tomlin (Scott), Phillip Paulsen (Denise), Christy Davis (Lee), Erik Paulsen, Steven Paulsen, Laura Roddy (Justin), Carol Schovanec (Butch), and Larry Lindsay; sister-in-law: June Paulsen; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

The family has designated the Wounded Warrior Project as appropriate for memorials. Their website is: support.woundedwarriorproject.org.