Paul M. Hegstrom Sr., 76, longtime Superior area resident, died on Monday, January 18, 2021, at Aspen Health & Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Montevideo, MN on July 12, 1944 to Cordelia and Maurice Hegstrom. He graduated from Montevideo High School and from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mortuary Science. Paul married Judith Shetler in Minneapolis on September 11, 1965. A third-generation funeral director, Paul owned and operated Thompson-Hegstrom Funeral Home in Superior and Hegstrom Family Funeral Homes in Duluth. He was a former member of the Human Resource Board of Superior, Douglas Co., and Business Improvement District of Superior. Paul was a member of the Superior Ambassador’s, Superior Jaycee’s, Superior Rotary Club #40 and a Paul Harris Fellow, Superior Elks Lodge #403, Acacia Masonic Lodge #329 F.A. & M. for 47 years, serving as past Master, Superior York Rite, Superior Order of the Eastern Star, Superior Shrine Club, ADD Temple Shrine, and a former Vice President and member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church. He was a longtime supporter of Whitetails and Ducks Unlimited.
Paul enjoyed time spent in the outdoors bird hunting, deer hunting, and fishing, and had a love for vacations in Mexico. Paul loved his family and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Jerry and sister-in-law (Jerry) Cindy Hegstrom as well as his favorite dogs Beauty and Belle.
He is survived by his wife Judith, children Paul (Stacy) Hegstrom Jr., of Esko, MN, Patricia (Neal) Olson of Superior, and Pamela Hegstrom of Amnicon Lake, WI, grandchildren Paul (Katie Hill) Hegstrom III, Hannah (Robert) Rutka, Abigail Hegstrom, Eric Hegstrom, Nathan Olson, two great-granddaughters Dinah Lee and Talia Rose Rutka, brother John (Karen) Hegstrom of Woodbury, MN, sister Lynn (Blair) Gades of Mitchell, SD, many nieces and nephews, cousins and his current favorite dog Lucy.
Private family services will be held on Friday, January 22, 2021, in Dougherty Funeral Home. The service will be lived streamed at the Dougherty Funeral Home Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/dfhduluth starting at 10:55 AM on Friday. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Hawthorne, WI. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home. 600 E. 2nd St. Duluth, MN. 218-727-3555.
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