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Paul I. Hamann

Paul I. Hamann, 78, West Fargo, died Wednesday, January 13, 2010, at Innovis Health, Fargo, N.D.

Paul Ignatius Hamann was born February 3, 1931 to Joseph and Inez (Perius) Hamann, on the family farm near Langdon, N.D. He attended Langdon schools and graduated from St. Alphonsus High School in Langdon. Paul served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1955. Following his military service, he met Carole Ann Magnus and they were married August 20, 1956, in Langdon. They lived in Grand Forks, N.D., where he attended business college for a year and also worked at Simonson's Station. In 1957, they moved to Fargo where they lived until moving to West Fargo in 1971. Paul was employed by Simonson Lumber in Fargo for nearly 40 years. He began as a bookkeeper and worked his way up to manager, retiring in 1993.

Paul loved hunting, fishing, gardening, canning, woodworking and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed sports and was an avid follower of the West Fargo boy's basketball team. Paul was a great cook and regularly baked bread and made chili.

He was a member of the West Fargo VFW club and Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in West Fargo.

Paul is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carole, West Fargo; daughters, Paula (Mike) Hanlon, Diane (Steve) Fradet, Kim (Scott) Seamands, all West Fargo, and Linda Raedel (fiancé, Edwin Erickson), Milnor, N.D.; sons, David (Shannon) Hamann-Hilfer, Bismarck, N.D., and Jay (Anita) Hamann, Meridian, Idaho; 16 grandchildren, 5 great- grandchildren; brother, Richard (Lena) Hamann, Langdon; sisters, Rosemary Lothspeich, Dickinson, N.D., Joan (Melford) Brekke, Edmore, N.D. and Inez (Leonard) Rath, Fargo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, sister and brother-in-law, Harold Lothspeich.

Visitation and prayer services were held Monday, Jan. 18, 2010 in West Funeral Home, West Fargo.

A Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, West Fargo. Burial was at the Riverside Cemetery Mausoleum, Fargo.

Condolences can be sent online

(West Funeral Home, West Fargo)