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Paul Kuetemeyer

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Paul Kuetemeyer, 78, Bismarck, was called home to be with the Lord and his wife on the morning of December 26, 2023. Funeral services will be held at Charity Lutheran Church on January 2, 2024, at 10:30 am with a luncheon and burial to follow. Visitation will be at the Bismarck Funeral Home on January 1 from 5:00-7:00 pm followed by a prayer vigil at 7:00 pm.

Paul was born to Paul and Margaret (Varley) Kuetemeyer on June 4, 1945, in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Paul attended high school in Milwaukee, where he first showed an interest in sound systems and electronics by helping the high school drama class. This interest continued throughout his life, even up until two weeks before his passing, when he was at his usual seat as a sound tech for Charity Lutheran Church.

In January of 1965, Paul enlisted in the Air Force and attended the Ground Radar Communications Equipment Repairman course. In 1967 he obtained the rank of SGT/E-4, and ultimately separated from the military honorably in January of 1969. During his service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal. It was also Paul’s military service that brought him to northwestern North Dakota where he was assigned to a radar station in Fortuna.

In late 1968, Paul attended a choral concert at Minot State College where he met the love of his life, Kathleen Tornow. The two married in Devils Lake North Dakota and then moved to Bismarck where they had two daughters, Erin and Robyn. Paul and Kathy built a home in rural Burleigh County where Paul found joy in driving his tractors, tinkering in his shop, and helping Kathy and the girls maintain their horses and gardens. The two remained together on the farm until Kathy’s passing in April of 2004. Paul continued to live on the farm that he loved until January of 2023.

Paul started working for Northwestern Bell as a telephone technician and, over the years, eventually retired from Avaya Technologies in 2004. Six months later, with his good friend Roger Bjerke, Paul started Classic Communications. The pair quickly made a name for themselves and continued working on phone systems all over the area until 2020.

Paul enjoyed his life surrounded by his family and friends. Not least of which was “The Wild Bunch” who met every Wednesday for Dinner and Shenanigans. Paul loved his wife, his daughters, and his son-in-law. But becoming papa to his grandson Creed was his greatest accomplishment. Paul could not spend enough time with Creed whether it was reading stories, building Legos, or teaching him about John Deere tractors and military aircraft.

Paul was loved by so many; his humor and kindness was felt by everyone he met. He made friends wherever he went and was always well remembered. Even on his last days, he was found telling jokes to anyone that was ready to listen.

Paul is survived by his daughters Erin Kuetemeyer and Robyn Thompson, his son in law Brian Thompson, his grandson Creed Thompson, his brother Mark Kuetemeyer, and sister-in-law Rita Kuetemeyer, his two nephews Gregory and Nicholas Kuetemeyer, and his sister Ann Bentson.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife Kathleen Kuetemeyer, his parents Paul C. and Margaret Kuetemeyer, and his in laws Louis and Ethel Tornow.

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Robyn and family- I am so sorry for your loss. Find joy in your memories of your Dad and know that he and your Mom are watching over you all.

My deepest sympathy to Paul’s family and friends. Will miss talking to Paul, especially around the holidays. Ed Larson

Erin and Robyn, I am so sorry to read of your Dad’s passing!! You will always miss him as well as your Mom, but they are in your heart! I will pray for comfort during this hard time!

Erin, so sorry for your loss. I know how much you admired your dad.

God speed Paul.

My father, Willis Almer would like you to know that his prayers are with the family. He was sad to hear of his death. Brenda (Almer) Fetting

I want to thank the family for requesting us, the Bismarck VFW, to conduct military funeral honors ceremony. The Burial was at the Bethel Cemetery 80 miles north of Bismarck. 20miles of gravel to the site. Once we arrived we were quickly impressed with the location. Upon the arrival of Paul’s family and friends we were truly touched by their present of heart for Paul. At the end of our ceremony as a standard we presented to the family. ” On behalf of a grateful Nation, the President of the United States of America, and the Combat Veterans of the VFW; I present to you the spent rounds fired in the ceremony and a commemorative coin. God bless the family of Paul Kuetemeyer” Thank you for giving us the opportunity to participate in honoring Paul.

Chris, thank you so much for being there to give my dad the honors befitting our service men and women. I was the one that accepted the spent rounds and charge coin. My dad was fiercely proud of his service and we could not have asked for a better way to honor that than by having you be there. We thank you for presenting the honors and for your service.

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PAUL, LARRY SPRUNK AND ME ROBERT THOMPSON LAUNCHED THE BISMARCK FARMERS MARKET ALMOST 50 YEARS AGO. MY BROTHER AND I HAD AN ANTIQUE SHOP, HERITAGE ANTIQUES AND THAT IS WHERE I MET PAUL. HE WAS HONEST, STEADY AND HAD A VISION FOR THE FUTURE. LARRY IS ON THE OTHER SIDE AND I AM 74 YEARS OLD. SOME DAY WE WILL ALL BE TOGETHER, AGAIN. PAUL WORE ALL THE WONDERFUL VIRTUES VALUED BY ALL FREE MEN. THANKS PAUL. A JOB WELL DONE. MY SYMPATHIES TO THE FAMILY. ROBERT K. THOMPSON

We are so sorry for your loss. Find memories with your family. May God comfort and give you peace

Paul was a great vendor to work with – always got the job done right. Moreover, he was a great human being who always cared.