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Brad Paulus

October 05, 1973 - June 07, 2020

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Celebration of Life service will be held at a date to be determined.


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Brad Paulus

October 05, 1973 - June 07, 2020


Brad Paulus age 46 of Fargo, North Dakota passed away Sunday June 7th at the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota.
Brad was born in Mitchell, South Dakota to Dennis and Sheila Paulus (Peta) on October 5th, 1973. He attended grade school in Mitchell before moving with his family to Rapid City, SD where he spent his high school years. It was during this time that Brad discovered his love for Basketball; one that would remain strong and play a large part in his life. Brad had the honor of being hired by Coach Eric Musselman to work for the Rapid City Thrillers as a teenager and considered this to be the highlight of his high school years. After high school he went on to work as a coach in the IBA for both the Fargo Bees and the Dakota Gold until the league was forced to close for financial reasons. This experience proved invaluable as he gleaned numerous friendships and contacts in his time with the IBA and remained passionate about basketball and sports in general.
Brad enjoyed a successful career in the retail sales industry, most of which was spent working for Karl’s TV and Appliance in various sales and management positions at several of their locations. Brad was not one to stay in one place for any length of time, never content to call just one place “home!” He enjoyed driving and thought nothing of getting in a car and traveling many hours just to meet up with family or friends.
Alcoholism along with an internal sadness were unrelenting enemies he fought with daily and in the end proved an opponent he would be unable to defeat. We take comfort in the fact that it was now God himself that would be the one taking Brad “Home” this time.
Grateful for sharing his life are parents Dennis and Sheila Paulus of Rapid City; brother, Brian Paulus of Sioux Falls; niece, Courtney Paulus of Sioux Falls; nephew, Tanner Paulus of Madison, WI; great aunt, Irene Nelson; aunts and uncles Sara Peta, Sharon Stearns, Larry Peta, Don Paulus, Shirley (Chuck) Landis, Jerry Paulus, Gale Paulus, and Sandy (Paulus) Bailey.
He was preceded in death by grandparents Roy & Delma Paulus, Anton & La Vera Peta and aunt, Shirley Tietz.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Celebration of Life service will be held at a date to be determined.
The family wishes for memorials to be sent to the GoFundMe page of: Memorial Expenses for Brad Paulus, this page can be reached by clicking on the link or entering the following: https://www.gofundme.com/f/memorial-expenses-for-brad-paulus Any funds gathered in excess of these expenses will be given to Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon respectively.


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13 responses to “Brad Paulus”

  1. Blaine Tirrel says:

    Sheila, Denny, Brian and family,
    You have my deepest condolences in the loss of Brad! Please know that I’ll be praying for you and your family in this difficult time!
    Blaine W/Buster’s

  2. Buster Vincent and family says:

    Praying for you all and your in our thoughts.
    Brad will be missed

  3. John T. Korsmo says:

    I am so sorry to read about Brad. Brad was a very important part of the FM Beez basketball team and just a great guy.

  4. Andy and Betty Vincent says:

    Brad was a good friend to our family, he will be missed

  5. Teddy Emmer says:

    Brad, Brad, Brad!
    I loved this man as a brother since Day 1 !
    I met Brad in Gillette WY. He was the manager of the Karl’s TV and appliance and I came in from MN to paint his store and get him going!
    Brad was a friend at first site, he took me to the Chop Steak house in Gillette, A folk tale that this place was HAUNTED! When I was leaving town, I called and bought 11 Rib Eye Steaks to go home with me! At that time Brad new this was a good Match,
    I followed Brad through his life, Rapid City, SD and then to Fargo!

    I met his Mother and Father, Sheila and Denny in Rapid City while Remolding a store for Karl’s and Brad was in Fargo at this time, When Shelia and Denny found out that my Parents are deceased they Adopted me, at the age of 49, now I am a brother from another Mother!

    My deepest sympathy for Shelia, Denny and Brian!
    He loved you dearly!

    I will miss Brad’s smile, and deep belly laugh!
    I will miss him organizing lunch on the work day, ( he planned this the night before)
    all were welcome!

    I will miss him answering the phone and saying, Mr. Emmer

    Rest in Peace, Brad, The good lord took you way to soon, but with good reason!

    Cheers my friend and Brother from another mother!!!!!


  6. Eldon Lerwick says:

    Brad was a good friend…I worked with him for several years. Hard worker…
    Had some demons in his life. Tried to overcome them. A loss to all that knew him…..

  7. Judi Bartscher says:

    Dennis & Sheila, we are sad to hear of Brad’s death & will hold his soul in prayer. Will also include you in our prayers for comfort.
    Jon & Brad had some good times together in their younger years. Cherish the good times
    In sympathy
    Roger & Judi Bartscher

  8. Jeffrey S Samson says:

    Rest In Peace my friend

  9. Kenneth vetter says:

    Sorry for your loss Brad had a heart of gold I will miss our conversations we had.

  10. Ingo Keller says:

    To the Paulus family and friends, I’m so sorry to hear of Brad’s passing. Brad was a gentle soul. I always enjoyed seeing Brad at the Amvets Club and Karl’s Appliance store in Fargo. My deepest condolences to Brad’s family and friends. I’ll have you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and God Bless. I will miss you Brad. RIP my friend.

  11. Kurt Engquist says:

    Dear Paulus Family, I had the pleasure of working with Brad @ former retail Nodak Store in Fargo. We became close friends & will forever consider him “Brother”. This guy, that I nicknamed “JackRabbit“(because of his strong South Dakota roots!) had the BIGGEST/KINDEST Heart !!
    I am forever grateful to have had Brad in my life, while he walked Gods green earth. May he be now at peace~ 4Ever Love You Brother !

  12. Jackie K says:

    My condolences to you all. My heart goes out to you. Brad was always such a great guy & willing to help anyone.

  13. Mike Kiewel says:

    Brad, you were an amazing young man and I was glad to call you a friend!

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