Robert H. ‘Bob’ Paul

Aug. 2, 1921 - Jan. 8, 2018


Robert H. “Bob” Paul, 96, Altoona, formerly of Sinking Valley, was called home on Monday at Maybrook Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Raymond H. and Margaret (Rutherford) Paul. On Jan. 19, 1946, he married Louise D. Books in Altoona.

Surviving are his loving wife of 71 years, Louise D. Brooks, whom he married on Jan. 19, 1946, in Altoona; two sons: David and wife, Joyce, of East Freedom and Robert of Sinking Valley; two grandchildren: Courtney Wessner and husband, John, and Ashley Lankey and husband, Ron; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers: William, James and Raymond Paul; and a sister, Ruth Williams.

Bob was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran and served during WWII. He was extremely proud to have served his country as a radio operator with the 1052nd Signal Company, and he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and a Bronze Star. He retired twice, once as an upholsterer for Pennsylvania Railroad and later as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.

He was a member of First United Church of Christ, Altoona. He enjoyed spending time with family, visiting the beach with Louise, whistling and telling jokes. He was never seen without a pack of Tic Tacs in his shirt pocket. He could make anyone smile, and he always had a kind word or gesture for friends and strangers alike.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc., 501 Sixth Ave., Altoona, where a funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Pastor Bill Pepper officiating. Interment will be made at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Sinking Valley.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Church of the Brethren, 510 Fifth St., Altoona, PA 16602.