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Melvin Gene Paul

June 3, 1958 — December 20, 2020

Melvin Gene Paul

Melvin G. “The Hulk” Paul, 62 of Tokio ND passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks ND. 

Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Tuesday, (today) December 29, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.   Final review will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, December 30th at 10:30 a.m. with a procession to the Bdecan Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Tokio ND at 11:00 a.m. with a graveside service at 12:00 noon. 

Melvin Gene Paul was born on June 3, 1958 at Devils Lake ND, the son of Melvin Peoples and Etta Redfox.  He grew up in the Woodlake/Tokio area. Melvin’s mother died when he was very young, so he was raised by his grandparents Archie and Gertrude Redfox.  He frequently talked about his grandfather, the lessons he was taught and how he admired the values his grandfather instilled in him. Melvin attended school in Warwick and received his GED at Kicking Horse Job Corp in Montana.   

Melvin was united in marriage to Maxine Longie in 1992 and they established their home in the Tokio area.  Maxine passed away on December 20, 2013.

He returned to the Spirit Lake Nation and worked at Brunswick Manufacturing for several years.  He also helped several area farmers as a hard-working farm hand.  In his younger years, you would find Melvin playing basketball any chance he got.  Melvin always wanted to be busy and enjoyed the outdoors, so he enjoyed yard work and other outdoor activities.  When his health forced him to be indoors more, he was busy cooking and cleaning. 

Melvin enjoyed watching movies, listening to his old-time music, and he especially loved taking care of his grandkids. 

We will miss our beloved dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and dear friend and relative. You are forever loved, forever missed and forever in our hearts.

Melvin’s loving family include his daughters Kara Longie and Shanell Paul, son Brandon Paul; grandchildren Kaylean Lohnes, Kasa Lohnes, Kaylecia Longie and Kayon Jackson, Daycena Jackson and Kye Jackson; great grandchildren Kade, Jonathan “Johnnie”, Keya, Kaeleya and Kyzer; sister Zelma Sally Paul of Moorhead MN; aunts and uncles Sharon and Alvin Georgeson, Hilda and Louie Garcia, Geraldine Redfox and Alberta Redfox; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Those who went to their heavenly home before him. His parents, grandparents, wife Maxine, sisters and brother Louella Redfox, James Paul, Doris Paul and Bernice Paul, step sister Miriam Ross; grandson Trevor McDonald and other beloved relatives.

Casket Bearers will be Robert Redfox, Russell Brown, Dion Jackson, Jarvis Redfox, David Redfox and Monty Redfox.  Honorary Bearers will be all of Melvin’s nephews, relatives, cousins from South Dakota and North Dakota.



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Past Services

Gathering of family and friends

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

5:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Gilbertson-Gloger Funeral Home

509 U.S. Route 2, Devils Lake, ND 58301

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Graveside Service

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Starts at 12:00 pm (Central time)

Bdecan Presbyterian Cemetery

Wood Lake Road, ND 58374

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