Paul Emerson "Big E" Wood Jr., 70, Coleharbor, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at his home after a battle with cancer.
Emerson was born June 17, 1942, in Devils Lake, to Paul Emerson Sr. and Averiel (Fleming) Wood. He was raised and educated near Warwick and graduated from Devils Lake High School in 1960. He married Sharren Quandt on Oct. 27, 1962, and they had five children; Bradley, Brian, Timothy, Laurie and Lisa. They later divorced.
Emerson married Lynette Hill on Sept. 30, 1977, in Devils Lake. They had two children; Brandon and Lonnie. Together they farmed at Warwick and Karlsruhe. Emerson also worked construction for Hulstrand Construction and Neshem Peterson Construction. They also lived in Turtle Lake and Garrison before moving to their farm near Coleharbor, when Emerson went to work for North American Coal at the Falkirk Mine. He retired from the mine in 2003 after 23 years.
Emerson was truly a cowboy at heart. He may even have been born 100 years too late. He was a member of the Brushpoppers Horse Club for 28 years and was the founder of the Brushpoppers Special Ride. He was also a member of the Fort Totten Trail Riders for 18 years. He was a member of the Malcolm Township Board for 15 years, assistant leader for the Flickertails 4-H for four years, and was on the Devils Lake Rural Fire Department for 12 years. He was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church in rural Turtle Lake.
Emerson is survived by: his wife, Lynette, Coleharbor; sons, Bradley (Michelle), Bismarck, Brian (Margaret), of Lincoln, Timothy (Beth), Bismarck, and Brandon, Coleharbor; daughters, Laurie (Rodney) Bischof, Lisbon, Lisa (Brian) Schmidt, Wadena, Minn., Lonnie (Dave) Rotenberger, Milnor; 12 grandchildren, R. Jay, Levi (Samantha) and Courtney Bischof, Michael (Emily) and Megan (Jacob) Schmidt, Audrianna Deckert, Benjamin and Joseph Wood, Jack and Bailey Wood, and Josie and Eli Rotenberger; mother, Averiel Wood, of Warwick; brother, Bill (Valerie) Wood, Warwick; sisters, Janice Meyer, Jamestown, and Lois (Larry) Wilhelmi, Devils Lake; sister-in-law, Sharon Wood, Maddock; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Emerson Paul Wood Sr.; one brother, John Wood; and a brother-in-law, Al Meyer.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in St. Paul Lutheran Church in Garrison.
Burial will be at the Crary Cemetery in the spring.
Visitation will be held today, Tuesday, from 3 to 7 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Garrison.
Thompson Funeral Home, Garrison, is handling arrangements.
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