Paul M. Kaiser - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

October 17, 1926 - June 11, 2024

Paul Michael Kaiser, age 97, of Richfield, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil A. (Doc) and Mary Ellen (Mae) Kaiser of Bismarck, North Dakota; Lora Beverly Kaiser, his former wife and mother of his children, as well as brothers, Robert, Kenneth and Thomas as well as sister, Imogene. He is survived by sister, Patricia Kaiser; daughter, Michele and sons, Mark, Dan, Tim, Scott (Lisa) and John. Additionally, Paul is survived by granddaughters, Danielle, Morgan (Dylan) and grandson, Dylan. He was a great-grandfather to Nora and Hudson. Paul also leaves a very special person with whom he had a long-term relationship, Vivian Jacobson.
Born October 17, 1926 in Bismarck, ND, Paul is a 1944 graduate of St. Mary's High School, a graduate of Bismarck Junior College and Metropolitan College in Minneapolis. He proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII.
After the war, Paul was employed by the US Government as a railway mail clerk before joining the Richfield Fire Department, serving first as a fire fighter and later as a fire captain. He retired after 24 years of service and became the Fire Marshall for the cities of Mendota Heights, Mendota and Lillydale. He served in this capacity for 26 years.
Paul received the Red Cross Certificate of Merit for saving the lives of two young children. He was actively engaged in many community organizations such as the Richfield Fourth of July Committee, the Richfield/Edina Sr. Bowling League, Richfield VFW Post 5555, and volunteered his time with Meals on Wheels as well as Loaves and Fishes. Mr. Kaiser was a Past President of the Fire Marshall's Association of Minnesota.


  1. Ted Pope says:

    In the short I knew Paul I saw what a wonderful person that he was. I will miss seeing him come into Mt Olivet for his Thursday community meal (which always included donut holes). He will be missed by all who he crossed paths with at the church.

    • Michele Kaiser says:

      Thank you, Ted. When my dad was considering where to go for his final days, he considered Mt Olivet because he ‘knew people’ there. He was talking about you and the wonderful volunteers at Loaves & Fishes. Thank you all for your kindness to my dad,

      Michele Kaiser

  2. Gina Chrysler says:

    Paul was a great man!! He will be missed! He was sharp and witty and I enjoyed talking with him

    • Michele Kaiser says:

      Thank you, Gina. Your kind comments mean a great deal to me and my brothers. Warm regards, Michele

  3. Cary Larsen says:

    Sorry for the loss of a great mentor! Your Dad was my Dad’s ping pong Buddy at station #2 For many years! As time went, I too became a Firefighter Paramedic, & had many lunches & meets with Paul, He was the Fire Marshall in the city next to the one I was a fire Marshall at! He had me over to the VFW, I could go on & on! He meant a lot to me & Many others! Thanks for sharing him with US! Nothing but awesome memories!

    • Michele Kaiser says:

      Hi Cary, my brothers and I thank you so much for sharing these charming memories of our dad! Was your dad Bud Larsen by any chance? I remember my dad talking about him so fondly. Warm regards, Michele Kaiser

  4. Margie Riccomini says:

    My condolences on the loss of dear Uncle Paul. I will miss our phone conversations so very much. He was such a wonderful, lovable person.

    • Michele Kaiser says:

      Thank you, Margie. We hope that all of our St. Mary’s, Kansas cousins are doing well. Michele

  5. Carolyn Doeden says:

    I have many happy memories working with Paul & my husband, Richfield Police Officer, Bob Doeden on the Richfield 4th of July Parade We worked on same committee for over 10 years. Now the two of them can meet for coffee in Heaven
    My Sympathies to the family

    • Michele Kaiser says:

      Thank you, Carolyn. I remember how much my dad enjoyed working on the Richfield 4th of July committee especially with good friends like you and Bob. I was sorry to learn that Bob has recently passed. My brothers and I extend our sympathies to you as well. And yes, coffee in Heaven it is! Warm regards, Michele Kaiser

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