Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home It's all about saying goodbye. Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Paul A. Linseth
August 2, 1927 - June 25, 2020

Place of Birth: Schafer, North Dakota
Residence: Watford City, ND
Age: 92

On the morning of June 25, 2020 Paul Linseth passed away of natural causes at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Watford City in the company of his loving wife Vivian. Paul was 92 years old.
Paul was born August 2, 1927 in Shafer, North Dakota to Severine and Gudrun (Heim) Linseth. He was the sixth of twelve children. Growing up on the family farm in North Dakota with eleven siblings and one niece, Paul had a very full and exciting childhood that always centered around family. Paul was not the type to shy away from some good-natured mischief and teasing among siblings such as stealing food off your plate when you weren’t looking.
In the late 1940’s Paul met the love of his life, Vivian Renbarger. Vivian was the younger sister of his friends Arnold and Vernon Renbarger. The two were married in Williston, North Dakota on June 17, 1950. It was the beginning of something truly special. Paul enlisted in the US Army prior to the wedding and shortly after they exchanged vows, he left to begin his training. He served for four years in Texas and North Carolina. While stationed in Texas, they started their family with the birth of their daughter Shalisha. Upon Paul’s honorable discharge from the Army, they returned to North Dakota where Paul worked for the Farmers Union and eventually took up farming which was one of his greatest passions in life. The couple also saw their family grow with the additions of four sons: Savern, Shane, Sheldon, and Steven.
Paul retired from farming in 1992 and moved from the farm to their home in Watford City, where he turned his green thumb to growing bucket loads of his prized tomatoes and other plants in his garden. Retirement didn’t slow Paul down much, however. He was active in the American Legion Post No. 29 Drill Team, the McKenzie County Weed Board, and he still loved to spend time at the farm.
Paul’s favorite thing was to visit with friends and family and to make people laugh. Whether it was coffee down at the Farmers Union, lunch at the Café, or a family gathering with loved ones Paul could be counted on for a good story and a laugh. He loved spending time with his grandkids, chasing them around with one of his wigs on, telling one of his famous “when I was a little girl in Norway” stories and occasionally stealing food off the kids’ plates.
In 2016 Paul and Vivian moved into the Good Sheperd home together where they continued to enjoy visits from family and friends. Paul was notorious for teasing the nurses and prodding the now great-grandchildren with his cane. On June 17, 2020 Paul and Vivian celebrated 70 years of a faithful and happy marriage by renewing their wedding vows surrounded by family and friends.
Paul is survived by: his wife Vivian Linseth; children, Shalisha Quinnell, Severn, Shane (Brenda), Sheldon, Steven; brother, Jim Linseth; 12 Grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.
Paul was preceded in death by: his parents, Severine and Gudrun Linseth; brothers, Phillip, Omar, Gerald, Roland, and Lynn; sisters, Ruth Anderson, Esther Gorder, Naomi Foreland, Edith Veeder, and Judith Neer.
Thank You
The family would like to thank the staff at the Good Shepard Home, and Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home.

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Carolyn Renbarger Benjamin (Custer, MT)
Jun 28, 2020
No words can express how much this man will be missed.
Rob & Babe. Olson (Mesquite, N.V.)
Jun 28, 2020
Paul was one of the best neighbors that we had, he will really missed by everyone who new him .
Gayle Homiston
Jun 29, 2020
Linseth family - I was so sorry to hear about Paul. It is wonderful that he was able to recently celebrate their 70th anniversary - what a beautiful story of their life. I will miss seeing Paul when we get back to regular visits at GSH. He always had a twinkle in his eye and looked so adoringly at Vivian. Prayers to all of you. Gayle & Mick
Margaret Renbarger
Jun 29, 2020
Vivian and family, Hugs to all of you. Paul will be missed!! May the memories you hold dear comfort you during this sad time. I won’t be able to be at the funeral but you will be in my thoughts.
Kristin Rhone (Watford City, ND)
Jun 29, 2020
My heart breaks for your family. Paul was such a wonderful man, I know we already miss seeing that twinkle in his eye when he was giving us a hard time here at GSH. I am so very happy we were able to have Paul and Vivian's Wedding/Vow Renewal with all of you. Getting to see the joy in his eyes that day is something I will never forget. I will continue to lift you all up in my prayers during this very difficult time. Hugs and Love from all of us at The Good Shepherd Home!
Gayle Homiston
Jun 29, 2020
Linseth family - I was so sorry to hear about Paul. It is wonderful that he was able to recently celebrate their 70th anniversary - what a beautiful story of their life. I will miss seeing Paul when we get back to regular visits at GSH. He always had a twinkle in his eye and looked so adoringly at Vivian. Prayers to all of you. Gayle & Mick
Cheryl Rafferty (AZ)
Jun 29, 2020
Vivian and all Paul’s children and families: was so saddened to see of Paul’s passing what a great man he is. Always remember his Chuckwagon and Dakotan visits he will be missed by many. Prayers
Cheryl Rafferty
Cindy (Hanna) Ostman (Spearfish, SD)
Jun 30, 2020
The family of Paul, so sad to hear of Paul’s passing. He was always someone I loved visiting with over the many years. His whit was so entertaining. Paul and Vivian will always have a special place in our hearts. Thoughts and prayers, your memories are yours forever.
Don Jore (Billings, MT)
Jul 1, 2020
Paul & I had an on going argument about his owing me a homemade breakfast made by him. Starting in our 20s. A few years ago while in WC Vivian & Paul invited me over for dinner. Later Paul said that took care of his dept. I said "You didnt cook it- Vivian did! ! Paul -"You dont know that ! So guess he had the ;last word. Vivian & I were classmates.
My condolences to Vivian.
Don Jore
Kandas Wold (Jamestown , ND)
Jul 2, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. Such a Beautiful, sweet couple. I am so sorry for your loss Vivian. My Condolences to all of you.
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