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Raymond Poulsen

Raymond Brandt Poulsen, 101, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the VA Medical Center in Reno, Nev.

In accordance with his wishes there will be no services.

Mr. Poulsen was born May 1, 1905, in Oakland, to Albert and Eleanor Poulsen. He lived in the Bay Area through his college years. After attending the University of California, Berkeley, he moved to the East Coast for a career in business.



In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 37, after his honorable discharge in 1945, he joined George S. May Co. where he worked as a business consultant until his retirement in the 1960s. He was married to Freda Kochsiek for 16 years. After the death of his wife in 1988, he went back to work as the “official salad chef” at McDonald’s in Grass Valley. He enjoyed entertaining the younger set with his stories of his life. At 88 he was honored as one of three Nevada County’s oldest continuously employed residents. He moved to Reno in the late 1990s where he lived independently until the age of 99.

He is survived by his niece and nephew-in-law, Karen Poulsen Arbini and John Arbini of Lakewood, Wash.; cousin, Emmett Freitas of San Jose. He was preceded in death by his wife, Freda, in 1988; parents, Albert and Eleanor; and brothers Norman “Bud” and George.




Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Mr. Poulson’s family extends its deepest thanks to Tina and Rollie Scarselli for the friendship, love and compassionate care they provided Ray throughout the last several years. In addition, the special care and attention given by Jeannine Clark and staff at the VA Medical Center, as well as Eugene Gastaya and staff at Summerdale Homes, is greatly appreciated.


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