MOUNT VERNON — Paul W. Snelling, 85, of Mount Vernon, died Saturday morning, March 31, 2012, at his son’s home in Fredericktown.
He was born May 26, 1926, in Clinton, Ohio, to the late Pearl R. and Beatrice (Shiplett) Snelling.
After graduating Hopewell High School, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Following commando training, he served overseas in France and Germany including the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. Paul achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant in the 106th infantry. After returning to the U.S., he served in the Pentagon where he met his wife Barbara.
Paul’s employment included Mosaic Tile, as quality control and color glazing specialist, and setting up Moore’s Department stores throughout Ohio and Indiana. Paul also worked in the automotive field as body man, mechanic, parts manager, service manager and general manager at various dealerships. Paul then served as manager of Western Auto in Hebron until his health forced him to retire.
Paul was a past member of Knox County REACT, Centerburg Conversation Club, Town and Country C.B. Club, Milford Church of Christ and recently the Victory Church of Christ.
He is survived by three sons, Donald (Sue) of Mount Vernon, Carl (Teresa) of Fredericktown and Blain of California; one daughter, Ruth (Dave) Robertson of California; eight grandchildren, Tiffany, Alan, Jerald (Abby), Whitney, Jessica, Austin, Rob and Donny; four great-grandchildren; and longtime friend, Dottie Ignacio.
In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Barbara Snelling; one brother; and three sisters.
Friends may call Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dilley-Lasater Funeral Home in Mount Vernon. A graveside funeral service will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. in Lock Cemetery with Minister Craig Mulpas officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made in Paul’s name to Victory Church of Christ, 12470 Upper Fredericktown Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
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