Paul James Deethardt
Sep 30, 1932 – Feb 18, 2018
On Sunday, February 18, 2018, Paul J. Deethardt succumbed to al long sever-year struggle with kidney failure.
Paul was born on September 30, 1932 in Mishawaka, Indiana, to parents John F. and Helen Deethardt. He was one of three brother and three half-sister. Paul was united in marriage to Carolyn J. Cates on December 25, 1952 at the First Baptist Church in Mishawaka, Indiana. He graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1951. He attended Indiana University in South Bend, Indiana, and later graduated from Wichita State University in 1983 with an Associate degree in Manufacturing Engineering. Paul was employed by Studebaker Auto and Doge Manufacturing (Reliance Electric) in South Bend, Indiana. He worked for the Boeing Company in Wichita, KS, and Seattle, WA., where one of his projects involved work on the current in-use Air Force One. He retired from Boeing after 30 years. Paul served his country during the Korean War (conflict) for two years (volunteered for the draft) from 1952-1954 with the 96th Armored Artillery Battalion, 79th Tank Platoon with the rank of Corporal and served six years in the Reserves. Paul loved airplanes, traveling, basketball, football, going to the ocean and family gatherings.
He was a member of Christ Church in Federal Way, WA, for many years. He faithfully served the Lord from his young teen years in Mishawaka, IN, as president of his church’s youth group and then throughout his life in my roles as an usher, deacon, Sunday school teacher, choir member and youth leader.
Paul is survived by his wife, Carolyn in Federal Way, WA, of 66 years and two daughters, Cheryl A. Logan and Deborah L. Lohman (Russell Lohman) He has three grandson: Jason Lohman (Racheal), Justin Lohman (Katy), Benjamin Logan (Anne) and one granddaughter: Rachel Maygra (Daron). He has on great grandson, Jake Logan and seven great granddaughters: Lily, Ashley, Kendall, Bristal, Paityn Lohman; Charlotte Maygra and Cora Logan. And, we can’t forget his faithful friend and companion Scottish Terrier, Murphy.
Paul was preceded in death by his son, Stephen A. Deethardt October 13, 2011, and will be laid to rest with his Papa and Buddy at the Tahoma National Cemetery, arrangements made by Bonney-Watson Funeral Home in Federal Way, WA.
Paul was a kind and gentle man, loving husband, and great father. “Well done my good and faithful servant! Welcome home.” – No more pain and suffering.
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