Born 8-10-1927 -- Died 8-18-2006
Kenneth A. Poulson, 79, died at his daughter's home Aug. 18, 2006.
He was born in Racine, Wis., on Aug. 10, 1927, to Andrew and Rigmor (Petersen) Poulson.
He served in the United States Army from October 1945 to April 1947 and was active with the occupation forces in Japan.
He was united in marriage to Marrianne Veronica Horvath on July 2, 1955.
Poulson was a member of Bethania Lutheran Church.
He retired in 1989 from Twin Disc as quality control engineer after 27 years of service. His card then read "Professional Retiree - Specializing in Golfing, Traveling, Fishing, Shooting and Lollygagging" -- all of which he pursued with skill and enthusiasm.
He was a student of life and armchair philosopher of the first rank.
He was a Freemason of long standing, and a member and Past Master of Racine -- Belle City 18 F & AM, and Wilson 432 of Hardy.
He was also a member of Eastern Star and Past Worthy Patron of Racine Chapter 45, OES; Ruby Chapter 191 of Hardy; Spring River Chapter 626 of Arkansas; and the Grand Chapter OES of Arkansas. He was Past Commander of Racine Commandery 7 and a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
He was active in Shrine, and had been a member of the Tripoli, Spring River, and most recently, Scimitar Temples. He was involved in the Shrine AirEvac unit in Arkansas which provided transport to those children who otherwise would not be able to get to the Shriner's Hospitals for treatment.
After moving to Arkansas, Poulson joined the Highland, Ark., No. 2539 Order of the Elks, of which he was past Exalted Ruler. He also belonged to the American Legion and National Rifle Association.
Poulson was a senior member and past Chair of the Racine-Kenosha Section 1204 of the American Society for Quality Control (now ASQ). He was secretary of the Twin Disc Golf League for many years and also served as its president.
He was an avid Packer and Badger fan, which he proved by cheering them through good seasons and bad and particularly when it was not popular to do so.
Surviving are his children, Kenneth Jr. (Kris) Poulson of Racine, Wisc., Karen (Scott) Davis of Bristol, Wisc., and Andrew (Barb) Poulson of Racine; 5 grandchildren, Kerri, Sarah, Kelsey, Carl and Michael; and his late wife's sister and her husband, Elizabeth (Frank) Horvath of Henderson, Nev. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, many friends and his faithful Westie companion, "Buster."
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marrianne, on Nov. 30, 2002; his parents; and four sisters: Ruby Elsdon, Alice Sorensen, Darlene Maurer Spaulding and Lois Poulson.
A memorial service was held at Bethania Lutheran Church in Racine, Wisc., Aug. 26 with Rev. Paul VanDeBerg officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60635 or to Bethania Lutheran Church have been suggested.