Funeral services for Paul Knochenmus of Roseau, MN will be held on Saturday, December 22nd at 1 PM at the Roseau High School Gym. Visitation will be on Friday from 5-8 PM at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau. Interment will be at the Hope Cemetery with military honors by the Roseau Memorial Honor Guard.
Paul Frank Knochenmus was born on January 29, 1928 to Rudolph & Luella Knochenmus in Raymond, Minnesota, and moved to Roseau County with his parents as a young child. Paul lost both of his parents to death when he was young, and was then raised by his uncle Frank and aunt Edna Knochenmus on their farm in rural Salol, Minnesota. He attended primary rural school through the 8th grade and later completed his high school equivalency. He often expressed gratitude for the care and values instilled in him during those years, which were important foundation stones building his character.
At the age of 21 he moved to California, where he lived with his sister Agnes and worked as a meat cutter. Later Paul was drafted into the Army, received training, and actively served his country during the Korean Conflict as a military policeman.
Upon completion of his Military service he returned home in the fall of 1952, and went to work for Hetteen Hoist & Derek. On January 2, 1953 Paul eloped with Rosella Dahlquist and resided in Roseau. In 1954 Paul helped Orlen Johnson & his brother-in-law, David Johnson build the first Polaris snowmobile.
In 1958 Paul was asked to file for the office of county Sheriff, due to the retirement of Sheriff Sillerud. In 1959 he was elected & sworn into office as Roseau County Sheriff, serving 7 consecutive terms, (28 years) in office, before retiring in 1986.
During his years of service to the community, county and State of Minnesota, Paul served as the President of the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association, and was appointed by the Governor of MN to serve on the committee to prepare the Jail Standards for the State of MN. Paul was appointed by the Governor of MN to the State Police Officers Standards and Training Board, and helped organize and establish the Northwest Juvenile Training Center at Bemidji, serving on its board for 14 years. He was one of the first in Minnesota to set up contract law enforcement services between a county Sheriff’s Office and a City, which became a model used by other communities and counties in the state. He served on several State and Local committees on crime problems and prevention, and organized and conducted drug education programs through Northwest MN. Paul served on the County Fair Board for over 20 years, helped organize the Roseau County Pioneer Farm, the Northland Range & Gun Club, was a member of the Lions Club for over 20 years, and served as the Roseau County Civil Defense Director for over 20 years.
As an active outdoorsman, Paul loved hunting and fishing with friends and family. He was a committed, loving husband and father, who also loved and was deeply loved by his three grandchildren. Paul will be remembered for his upright and honest common sense values and his integrity. What came to mean the most to Paul as life progressed was his relationship with God. In turn this influenced every aspect of his life and how he lived, preparing him for eternity.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents Rudolph & Luella, his Aunt Edna & Uncle Frank, sister Florence Klema, sister Jean Friesen, brother Louis Knochenmus, and cousin Marlene Rasmussen. Paul is survived by his wife Rosella of 59 years; their three children, Jon of Rogers, Arkansas, Iris (Duane) Schraw of Esko, MN, Walter (Julie) of Esko, MN; three grandchildren, Kari (Barry) Hagbom, Luke (Lindsay) Schraw, Emily (Dustin) Waldo; 6 great-grandchildren, Lars, Bergen, Freya, Leif, Logan & Keaton; his sister Irene Olson, sister Agnes Heppner & sister Eleanor (David) Johnson; cousin Barbara Bakken, many nieces and nephews, and numerous other family members.
Paul passed away Saturday, December 15th surrounded by his family in Duluth, Minnesota at the Chris Jensen Health & Rehabilitation Center after suffering a stroke October 31st.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude for the care and concern expressed by so many during Paul’s weeks of illness.