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Paul Lloyd Dusek, 70

Paul Lloyd Dusek, age 70 of River Falls, Wis., passed away peacefully on Dec. 28, at Comforts of Home, with his wife by his side.

Paul was born to Raymond and Marie Dusek on Feb. 13, 1943, in River Falls.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother Tom Dusek.

Paul is survived by his wife of 47 years Rosemary (Crain) Dusek; three children: Lisa (Tom) Jones, Wayne (Polly) Dusek, and Amy (TBD) Dusek; and four grandchildren, Colton, Travis, Tyler and Olivia, who had his heart.

Paul was raised on the family's Mann Valley farm with his six siblings; Fran, Leo, Tom, Mary, Judy, and Claire. Upon marrying Rosemary of St. Paul, Minn., on Nov. 26, 1966, the couple moved a house from St. Paul over the I-94 Bridge to the family farm and settled there to raise their family.

Paul Dusek was third generation farmer and stayed on the farm before moving to town in 2011. Farming was in his blood and it was a profession that suited him. The Dusek farm is 200 acres and he milked 48 black & whites or cows. Paul could fix anything; if not at that moment he would walk away to think about it, to treat it as a puzzle to solve. If he didn't have the tool, part, machine; he would make it.

Paul was an easy going man who lived life on his terms and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He seldom had a cross word for anyone and would stop what he was doing to chat with visitors in the barnyard; usually with his pipe full of Half & Half tobacco sticking out of the side of his mouth. He was a deer hunter who preferred to use his single shot 20 gauge shotgun that he had as a teenager instead of spending money on something new, usually with positive results. During hunting season he could be found in the field driving the combine harvesting corn in his blaze orange with his shotgun by his side in case he "kicked up" any deer.

Paul showed his affection for his family not in words but in the little things; making sure sheds were cleaned out for his kids' cars in the winter, buying treats for the grandkids and letting them ride on the tractor and in the farm truck with him, offering a comforting hand when a favored animal died, and always making sure there was food on the table that usually involved beef. He will be greatly missed by his family.

Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at St. Bridget's Catholic Church. Mass of Christian burial will be 11a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at St. Bridget's Catholic Church of River Falls, Wis., with visitation at 10 a.m.

Cashman-Hill Funeral Services is serving the family.