Paul L. Theis, 97, of Alvada, died Friday morning, March 14, 2014 at Good Shepherd Home in Fostoria with his family by his side.
Paul was born on June 11, 1916, on his family’s farm near New Riegel, Ohio to the late Lewis and Helen (Wangler) Theis. On June 25, 1942, he married Elizabeth Ann Arend in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Alvada. They shared 66 years of marriage until her death on September 6, 2008.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ellen (Robert) Brickner; granddaughter, Bethany (Patrick) Boehler, all of Alvada; brother, Carl M. (Janet) Theis of New Riegel; and sister, Ruth Smith of Tiffin.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; sisters, Oleta (Florian) Kelbley, Esther (Florian “Ike”) Collet, Doloras (Cyrill) Falter, Rosemary (Brudette “Bud”) Snavely, and Elizabeth (Myron) Smith; infant brother, James; and brother in law, Richard Smith.
Paul attended St. Boniface School and was a lifelong member of All Saints Parish (St. Boniface and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Churches). His strong Catholic faith led him to be a member of the Ministry of Praise and the former Holy Name Society, as well as being elected for several terms as a councilman and parish council member and officer for St. Peter’s Parish. He was honored to be awarded the Open Arms Award by the Diocese of Toledo on March 1, 2014 for serving as an example of faith and service to his Catholic community while living with a physical disability.
Paul proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps aboard the U.S.S. Wharton in the Pacific Theater during WWII and he was a member of the New Riegel American Legion Post #354 for over 67 years. A few days before his 95th birthday, Paul was privileged to travel to Washington D.C. with fellow WWII veterans aboard the Flag City Honor Flight.
A lifelong farmer, Paul’s hobbies revolved around his love for the farm and in later years he could often be found with his dogs Odie and Lassie. Paul also enjoyed fishing, being a member of the former Lions Club of New Riegel, Traveling with his wife and family throughout the United States and watching the Cash Explosion lottery program on television. In 2004 he was overjoyed to be a contestant on Cash Explosion at age 87. He loved his family, friends, and neighbors and had a special devotion to his granddaughter and godchild, Bethany.
Since Paul’s second leg amputation surgery in November, he spent these final few months at Good Shepherd. His family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff for the excellent care, therapy, and kindness he received while a resident.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at All Saints Parish, Sts. Peter & Paul Chapel, Alvada with Rev. Timothy Kummerer officiating. Burial will follow in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery, New Riegel with military honors being conducted by the New Riegel American Legion Post #354. A Rosary will be prayed 15 minutes prior to Mass.
Friends may visit with the family from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014 at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, Ohio 44883, (419) 447-2424. A Christian Wake service will begin at 5:45 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Flag City Honor Fight, the music ministry of All Saints Parish, the activities department of Good Shepherd of a charity of donor’s choice.
Letters of condolences may be sent, and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.
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