Clyde E. ‘Paul’ Kirsch

March 3, 1949 – March 2, 2018

Clyde E. “Paul” Kirsch, 68, Altoona, died Friday at his residence after an extended illness.

He was born in Loretto, son of the late Paul F. and Rita M. Williams Kirsch. On Aug. 10, 1996, he married Barbara K. Showalter.

Surviving are his wife; two sons: Edward Kirsch and Joseph R. (Carla Foust) Kirsch, both of Altoona; two stepdaughters: Melissa K. Slick of Roaring Spring and Lisa K. Hoffman of Tyrone; eight grandchildren: Naveah and Liberty Kirsch, Kara and Todd Slick, and Jon, Jessica, Hunter and William Hoffman; eight great-grandchildren: Kenly, Bensyn, Thaddeus, Natilie, Ashlynn, Bailey, Noah and Cooper; two sisters: Phyllis McNulty and Jean Farabaugh, both of Carrolltown; and his best friend, a cockatoo named “Buddy.”

Paul was a 1967 graduate of Penn Cambria High School and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He received National Defense Service, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign, Army Commendation and Good Conduct medals. He worked as a coal miner at Bethlehem Mines, Ebensburg. He graduated from Admiral Perry Vocational-Technical School in 1990 as a certified nursing assistant, and retired from Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home in 2007 as a certified nursing assistant with 16 years of service. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Camp Anderson. He was also a member of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona.

He enjoyed being with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and Altoona Curve fan, and he enjoyed going to casinos.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Jones Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be held during the visitation.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

Committal rites and military honors will be held at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery, Altoona.