Paul Daniel Gableman

June 8, 1928 ~ February 8, 2020 (age 91)


Paul Daniel Gableman, 91, great-grandfather, grandfather, father and husband, passed peacefully from his earthly home, February 8, 2020 in Duluth, MN surrounded by those who loved him.

John Wayne once said, "I define manhood simply; men should be tough, fair, and courageous, never petty, never looking for a fight but never backing down from one either," a quote that embodied Paul. He loved a good Country Western film. It is even rumored he left his own party to be in the company and enjoy some solitude while catching a good cowboy movie. One could only gather that his own life reflected so many of those same lessons and morals shown on the big screen. He was never ashamed to be who he was, say what he felt to be fact or truth or to back down from any fight. If you had a problem with any of those things, that was your problem, not his! This mantra and attitude permeated both his personal and work life.

Paul was born on June 8, 1928 in Williston North Dakota; a town named after a member of the board of the North Pacific Railroad Company. The railroad, throughout Paul's whole career, would play a pivotal role. He graduated high school in his hometown and proceeded to enlist in the United States Air Force where he served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After the war, he attended The University of North Dakota where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He graduated with a degree in engineering. At 15, he had worked for the Great Northern Railroad, and after college he returned and worked as a roadmaster, a position of both seniority and much responsibility. He held this position until 1966 in both Willmar and Crookston. He relocated his life and family to Duluth, MN and worked for DM&IR Railway for the continuation of his career. The last position he held was as a manager of environmental engineering.

Paul loved and appreciated everything outdoors. He loved a good fish, a good hunt, he loved his gardens and he loved to prepare food. These passions led to him owning a home in Iron River, WI on Moon Lake. He enjoyed a warm escape during the northern winters to his home in Southern Texas. Paul found value and comradery in belonging to local and national organizations, some of which included: the Duluth Height's Snowmobile Club, Free Masons, The Owl's Club, The Elk's Club and Boy Scouts. Paul, himself, was an Eagle Scout.

Paul was preceded in death by his grandson, Gabe Heaslip; step-son, Kerry Heaslip; sister, Jody Brandvold; and brother, Jack Gableman.

He has a vast and growing legacy that lives on through his biological children he shares with Norma Johnson: Cathy (Joseph) Fresquez, Paula (Daniel) Butler, Clifford (Kathleen) Gableman, Julie (Brian) Heitzman, and children through his marriage to his wife Doreen Gableman: Mark (Nancy) Heaslip, Kevin (Kathy) Heaslip, Laura (Mark Nelson) Heaslip, Julie (Tom) Kirkham, Brian (Laurice) Heaslip, and Craig (Ai Hua) Heaslip. He has 24 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at 1 pm on Friday, Feb. 14th at Sunrise Funeral Home, 4798 Miller Trunk Hwy, with memorial service to follow at 2 pm. Social hour will follow from 3 - 5 pm. Interment at Sunrise Memorial Park Cemetery.


FEB 14. 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CST)

Sunrise Funeral Home and Cremation Services & Cemetery
4798 Miller Trunk Hwy
Hermantown, MN, 55811

Memorial Service

FEB 14. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CST)

Sunrise Funeral Home and Cremation Services & Cemetery
4798 Miller Trunk Hwy
Hermantown, MN, 55811

Gathering Of Friends and Family

FEB 14. 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CST)

Sunrise Funeral Home and Cremation Services & Cemetery
4798 Miller Trunk Hwy
Hermantown, MN, 55811

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