Gaylord William Pauley (April 23, 2013)

August 26, 1915 ~ April 23, 2013

Sunday, April 28, 2013
2:00-8:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, Iowa
The family will be present to greet friends from 5:00-7:00 PM.

Monday, April 29, 2013
10:30 AM
First Baptist Church
Harlan, Iowa
Burial will be in the Nishnabotna Cemetery, Manilla, Iowa

3 Daughters – Maudie (Richard) Behrens of Kingman, AZ
Donna (Kenny) Thraen of Henderson, NV
Arlene (Gary) Stolz of Alpine, CA
16 Grandchildren
2 Great-grandchildren
Many Nieces & Nephews
Other Relatives & Friends

Gaylord William Pauley, the son of William and Rose (Smith) Pauley, was born on August 26, 1915, in Harlan, Iowa. He graduated from Harlan High School in Harlan. Gaylord worked at various jobs, including delivering milk to the Shelby County area, and working as a clerk at a grocery store following a move to California. He returned to Harlan, and on November 19, 1938, he married Aletha Mae Johnson in Rockport, Missouri. Six children were born to this union.

After their marriage, the couple lived in Shannon City, Iowa, Cromwell, Iowa, and later Manilla, Iowa, where they farmed for seven years. They then moved to Charter Oak, Iowa, where Gaylord worked for the MoorMan’s Feed Company as a salesman for a short time. Gaylord and Aletha returned to Harlan, and in 1950, he joined the Harlan police department; he remained in this position until 1979 when he retired. He and Aletha were also distributors for the Omaha World Herald Newspaper from 1951-1978.

Following Aletha’s death on March 15, 1993, Gaylord continued to live in Harlan. In 2002, Gaylord moved to Henderson, Nevada, where he lived in a Senior Apartment complex until he became a resident of an Assisted Living Home in Las Vegas in 2009.

Many years ago, Gaylord had been a member of First Baptist Church in Harlan.

Gaylord W. Pauley died on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada, having reached the age of 97 years, 7 months, and 28 days.

Gaylord was preceded in death by his wife, Aletha Mae Pauley; one son, Gaylord Pauley, Jr.; and two daughters, Katherine Kay Pauley and Rose Pauley Perrigo. Gaylord is survived by three daughters, Maudie Behrens and her husband Richard of Kingman, Arizona, Donna Thraen and her husband Kenny of Henderson, Nevada, and Arlene Stolz and her husband Gary of Alpine, California; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Monday, April 29, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Rev. Donna Ewert of the Congregational United Church of Christ, Harlan, officiating. Helen Warren was the pianist, and Ron and Carol Moon served as vocalists. Casket bearers were Kenneth Thraen, Mark Thraen, Gary Stolz, Joe Stolz, Cindy Duty, and Cletus Gubbels. Burial was in the Nishnabotna Cemetery, Manilla, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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11 Responses to Gaylord William Pauley (April 23, 2013)

  1. elizabeth says:

    I love you grandpa. I’m sorry grandpa I wasn’t there. Please give my dad a huge and kiss when you get heaven

  2. Chris Thraen says:

    I remember Gaylord as a police office who was very thoughtful and understanding in performing his duties. I left the Harlan area in 1956 and have not lived there since. I feel your loss as my mother almost made 98 and passed 3 years ago. God Bless.

  3. Marlene Overton says:

    I was a little girl when I would come with my parents (Josie (Pauley) Fennern/August Fennern to visit Gaylord at his home. We came along with Joe Pauley which I believe was Gaylords uncle. I used to write Gaylord and he would give me some information on the Pauleys as I do a lot of genealogy. ( I was Joe’s grandaughter) I extend my sympathy to your family. Sincerely Marlene Overton

  4. Lillian Kinkennon says:

    I will be out of town at the time of o=both the visitation and the funeral service, so will express my sympathy in this way. I remember Gaylord well. I think about everyone in Harlan knew him. May the Lord comfort all of you as only He can and give you many wonderful memories of your father.

  5. Gary Groat says:

    I was saddened to here of Gaylord’s passing. Hearing of it brought back a flood of memories of my youth in Harlan. Gaylord was always a kind and gentle man as a policeman as well as a great “paper boss”when I carried the World Herald newspaper for him. He was so encouraging when I was trying to get new customers ( I didn’t want to miss out on a day at Playland Park we could earn for so many new customers). I still have my World Herald route badge from that fun time. Gailord was also a good neighbor during the time my parents lived in Larsons duplex. I’ll always remember him in uniform as shown in the photo. My thoughts are with you all…Gary Groat

  6. Ken Wiilladsen says:

    So sorry for you loss.Anyone from Harlan of the50s knew Gaylord as a friend.
    Ken Willadsen

  7. Jim and Donna Burdick (Walker) says:

    Maudie, Donna and Arlene and your families,
    We want to extend our sincerest sympathy to you all on the passing of your Dad and Grandfather.
    I did not know your Dad very well, but I know he was a good policeman and I can see now the house where he and your Mother lived in.
    May God be very near you at this time and may He give you the strength and helpyou need during this sad time.

  8. Dee and Gary brandt (Walker) says:

    Donna and family
    we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad,
    Gaylord Pauly. Please know we share your sorrow, and our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Gaylord was a wonderful man, and he did so much for the Harlan community.
    May God give you the added measure of faith you need at this time, and may He give you which only He can give the peace and understand. We love you
    Gary and Dee Brandt

  9. jim hansen says:

    My first experience with Gaylord was in the 1950’s when I delivered newspapers. I would pick up the papers at Gaylord’s house to run my route. The more customers you had on your route, the more money you would make. He would always give me tips on how to find new customers so I could make more money.
    I worked with Gaylord back in the 70’s and would fill in for him when he was on vacation. He could handle dealing with the public in a way nobody else could and was a great asset to the city of Harlan and the taxpayers. I really enjoyed the experience.
    God Bless You Gaylord and our condolences to the family.

  10. Shirley Petersen Olson says:

    My Dad, Pete, the cop, Petersen worked for years with Gaylord and kept in touch with him after her moved away. Dad would save his end of month minutes on cellphone and then call Gaylord. After Dad passed in 2008, Gaylord sent me a christmas card for a couple years. I thought he may have passed when I did not hear from him any more. I assume his health deterioated and he was unable to correspond. Many great memeories of Gaylord.

  11. Rusty James says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Gaylord on the Harlan Police Department. Gaylord was dedicated to his job as an officer of the law and wore the uniform proudly. I am blessed to have been a police officer and police chief during a part of that period in Gaylord’s life. My mother, Daisy James, lived across 12th Street from Gaylord during his later years in Harlan and I occasionally visited with Gaylord when I stopped to see Mom. Gaylord is a part of the history of Harlan and a part of my life as well as others around Harlan. We will miss you Gaylord. We are sorry for your loss and send our condolences.

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