Alfred Paul, 90 - July 31, 2012
Alfred Lee Paul, 90, of Gothenburg passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg.
Graveside services will take place on Monday, Aug. 13, at Fort McPherson National cemetery with the Rev. Don O’Brien officiating.
Paul was born June 20, 1922, to Henry and Bertha (Yanken) Paul at Maxwell. He attended high school in Maxwell where he excelled in football and track.
He enlisted with the U.S. Army on Oct. 21, 1942, where he served as a supply clerk in the parachute department. He received a medal of good conduct, American theater of operations ribbon and victory medal. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 5, 1945. He later received an honorary certificate of graduation from Maxwell High School.
Paul was united in marriage to Marjorie June Sandberg in Minden on May 28, 1960. The couple resided at Farmington, NM, Sidney, North Platte, Lexington and Kearney before retiring to Gothenburg.
He was employed with Sidles Automotive in Sidney and North Platte. He also worked at Sixth Street Grocery Store in Lexington, and ran the American Legion Club and Al’s Liquor in Lexington.
He sold chemicals for Panther Chemical Co. statewide and received the Rookie of the Year award in 1963. He also sold hot water pressure washers for 40 years before retiring.
Paul and his brother, Charles, and friend, Don Ostendorf, raced stock cars for many years.
He and his wife enjoyed traveling with their fifth-wheel camper to Arizona, Texas and Canada as well as enjoying collecting antiques and jewelry, said family members.
Paul also enjoyed playing pool and attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. He was a member of the American Legion, serving as post commander for several years, and an active member of the 40 and 8 Veterans Club.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Henry and Bertha; his wife, Marjorie; brothers—Charles and Stanley; sisters—Leora Cooper and Evelyn Schrecongost; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Leonard and Mary Jane Springer; brother-in-law, Kenneth Grass; son, Alfred P. Paul; stepson, Carl L. Meakins; grandsons—Thadeus Van Meakins, Jeremy Paul and Danny Ovenden.
Survivors include: his son, John L. (Danita) Paul of Gothenburg; daughters—Jodie (Denney) Ovenden of Craig CO, and Deborah Burns of Silva, NC; stepson, Eric (Susan) Van Meakins of Loveland, CO; stepdaughter, Deborah (Michael) Bacon of Gothenburg; sisters—Henrietta (Joe) Armitage of Neligh and Leola Schrecongost of Denver, CO; sisters-in-law—Doris (Robert) Kramer of Stapleton and Bea Grass of Kearney; grandchildren—Lee (Diane) Ovenden of Ivins, Kim Brock (Critt) Shook of Silva, Seth (Emily) Bacon of Denver, Deric Meakins and Angel (David) Kwiatkowski of Fort Collins, CO, Sean Van Meakins of Loveland, and Alex Paul and Tabitha Paul, both of Kearney; great-grandchildren—Jackson, Jude and Lily Meakins, Taylor Ovenden and Addie Ovenden, Abbot Bacon and Eva Kwiatkowski; numerous nephews and nieces.
Memorials are suggested to the Central Plains Home Health & Hospice, 300 E 12th St., Cozad, NE 69130.
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