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Paul Arthur Blegen

June 2, 1931 ~ August 24, 2021 (age 90)


Paul Arthur Blegen, age 90, of Laporte, Minnesota, passed away at his home on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

Paul was born in Fargo, North Dakota, on June 2, 1931, to Arthur and Alma (Sandquist) Blegen. He grew up and attended school in Moorhead, MN, and went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from NDSU. He started work in Hibbing as an engineer for US Steel. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Barbara “Molly,” on a blind date, and they were married February 2, 1963, in Duluth. They eventually moved to Hutchinson, MN where they raised their family.

Paul worked as an industrial processing engineer for 3M in Hutchinson for many years and retired in 1998. He and Molly moved to Laporte in 1999 to fulfill their dream of having a home on the lake. He was an avid bird hunter, deer hunter, and trap shooter. He was active in sporting clays in Laporte.

Paul’s family remembers him as a kind, very smart person often being the voice of reason when asked for advice. When combined with his calm and patient demeanor, he was a good teacher and well respected by his family and friends.

Paul is survived by his son Kurt Blegen (Kimberly Franckowiak); daughter Corrie (Bill) Hackbarth; grandchildren Isaak Hackbarth, Garin Hackbarth, and Benjamin Blegen; sister Sonie Hanrahan, and sister-in-law Susan Alrick (Mark Anderson). He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara and parents Arthur and Alma.

Funeral arrangements are pending..

Arrangements are being provided by Whispering Pines Funeral & Cremation Service, Walker, MN. 


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