Obituary for Dr. Paul Eugene Morreim

Paul Eugene Morreim, age 102. Preceded in death by wives Florence Haavik and Janet Schmidt. Survived by children, Paul (Linda) Morreim, Heidi (Frazier) Eales, Liz (Haavi) Morreim; grand-daughters Kate Eales (Ethan Henerey), Sarah Stanton, Liv (Tenner) Guillaume, Marit (Peter) Hughes; and great-grandchildren: Gus, Berit, Brynn, Drew, Leah, Isla, Noe, Cody, Lola and Edie. Paul Morreim was born in 1915, the grandson of Thosten Morreim, whose homestead deed in Freeborn County was signed in 1862 by Abraham Lincoln. He carried the resilience of his forebears. One of the proudest events of his early life was being awarded his Eagle Scout badge by […]

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Paul Eugene Morreim, age 102. Preceded in death by wives Florence Haavik and Janet Schmidt. Survived by children, Paul (Linda) Morreim, Heidi (Frazier) Eales, Liz (Haavi) Morreim; grand-daughters Kate Eales (Ethan Henerey), Sarah Stanton, Liv (Tenner) Guillaume, Marit (Peter) Hughes; and great-grandchildren: Gus, Berit, Brynn, Drew, Leah, Isla, Noe, Cody, Lola and Edie.

Paul Morreim was born in 1915, the grandson of Thosten Morreim, whose homestead deed in Freeborn County was signed in 1862 by Abraham Lincoln. He carried the resilience of his forebears. One of the proudest events of his early life was being awarded his Eagle Scout badge by Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1932. A 1937 graduate of St. Olaf College, he went on to Lincoln Chiropractic College and then established a practice in Austin, Minnesota, where he remained for 66 years. He loved serving the people of SE Minnesota, whose aches and pains brought them to his office. Holistic before the term was coined, he believed in the body’s ability to heal itself with proper rest and nutrition and common sense. He took no over-the-counter medication ever, to which he credited his longevity. Along with carrots for lunch every day.

Paul did nothing halfway. He loved the automobile, especially driven at a high rate of speed. He played his piano almost until he died. He enjoyed photography, history, his boat. He adored Florence, his wife of 52 years, and Janet his wife of 12 years. His children and grand-children he loved and supported with generous praise, and he established education trusts for each of his “great-grands.” He was deeply grateful for the loving community of Northfield, especially his friends and neighbors at the VOC, where he spent the last ten years of his life.

Paul grabbed the brass ring. He lived life abundantly and well, with decency, kindness and generosity. He would not like this obituary, but he wouldn’t disagree with a word in it.

Celebration of life to be held at Village on the Cannon (301 West 7th St., Northfield, MN 55057)
on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 4:00 P.M. Memorials, if desired, to Saint Olaf College or donor’s choice. Arrangements by Benson and Langehough Funeral Home, Northfield (www.northfieldfuneral.com).

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October 15, 2017 - 4:00 PM

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2 Comments

  1. Jayne Overstreet

    The world has lost an incredible gentleman with the passing of Dr. Morreim. I had the pleasure to get to know him over the last 4 years and every time I had the great fortune to talk with him my life was enlightened and enriched. He was a “one of a kind, ” a gentle soul, that will be miss by all who had to pleasure to meet and know him.
    Rest in peace Paul.

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  2. Janice R. Roberts

    Bruce and I had the pleasure of being friends and neighbors of Dr. Paul Morreim. He was admired as true gentleman and gracious to all. We considered it a privilege to become acquainted with Paul when we became neighbors at the Village on the Cannon in Northfield.. Paul participated in all of the activities at The Village and was known to have many interests as well as a true zest for life. Paul and our grandson, Tyler Roberts, became friends when Tyler was a young teenager. The two of them enthusiastically shared a fervent interest in automobiles.
    Paul will be greatly missed and always remembered by those of us who were honored to call him a friend.

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