Paul D. See Sr., of Sun City, Arizona, was born December 6, 1928 in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, the youngest child of a large family. Growing up during the Great Depression influenced him with respect to the high value he came to put on hard work and frugal living. Paul worked at J &L in Pennsylvania and International Harvester in Waukesha, Wisconsin, rising in both companies to the managerial level.
Paul enlisted in the army as a young man and served during the occupation of Japan immediately following World War II.
He met his wife, Helen Patricia Garlitz See, at a roller skating ring in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. They were together for sixty-five years until her death in 2013.
God was important to Paul. He was a Baptist and a born-again Christian who believed in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He attended church on a regular basis and sang in the choir.
Paul chose to share his religious beliefs through ministry work. He joined and became a staff member of New Tribes Mission, an organization which devotes itself to spreading the gospel to the Indian Tribes of South America.
In the mid-1980s, Paul and his wife, Helen, moved to Sun City, Arizona. He became an active member of the Sun City Posse, including serving as a sheriff.
Paul loved to “fix” houses. He’d buy a house, remodel it while living in it with his family, sell it, and move on to the next home and work just as hard at improving it. There are many houses in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Arizona which were made more beautiful by the work of his talented hands.
Paul was an avid collector, a marksman, an assiduous reader of religious books, a tea enthusiast, and a devoted follower of politics and both US and global news. His beloved office was home to over seven hundred religiously themed books and other artifacts of his many interests.
He loved to put together puzzles and finished many 500 hundred and 1,000 piece puzzles with lovely, scenic views.
He had a rare sense of humor and took delight in telling his children the story of “The Golden Arm,” a folktale documented to be more than 200 years old. The story, usually told at night, ends with a loud shout, terrifying the listeners and causing them to jump.
Although frightened, Paul’s children begged him to tell the story about ‘the man with the golden arm’ over and over. Evenings spent listening to their father relate this story became a favorite childhood memory for them all.
Paul passed away peacefully on April 28, 2018 surrounded by loved ones. He is proceeded in death by his wife, Helen, and son, Paul Jr. He will be missed by his daughters, Beverly and Patty, his granddaughter, Kelly (and husband, Scott), his great-grandson, Jensen Paul, his daughter-in-law, Jan, as well as old friends, missionaries, and many charitable causes that benefited from his steadfast loyalty and support.
Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. with funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Menke Funeral & Cremation Center Chapel.Print Obituary & Condolences