Friday, April 26th, 2013
Norman R. Paulus, 82, of Minster and Newport, died April 24, 2013, at Versailles Healthcare Center.
He was born in Cynthian Township, Shelby County, on Sept. 3, 1930, to Stephen and Ruth Barga Paulus. He married Laura Sebring Paulus in St. Augustine Church, Minster, on Oct. 17, 1953, and she survives. The couple were married 59 years.
Also surviving are a daughter, Barbara Paulus of Bonner Springs, Kan.; a son, James D. (Donita) Paulus; three grandchildren, Emily, Sarah and Nicholas Paulus, all of Russia; one brother, William Paulus of Russia; and three sisters, Agnes Dershem of Newport and Mary Voskuhl and Margaret Puthoff, both of Russia.
Five brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. One daughter, Janice M. Paulus, Clayton, passed away in 2007.
He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Newport, for 59 years and was a member of Newport Sportsmen Club, Minster Cataract Company, the Minster Fraternal Order of Eagles 1391, the Fort Loramie Historical Association and the Minster Historical Society. He was a former member of the Shelby County's Cattlemen's Association and an officer in the Houston Grange and the Covington Teachers Association, as well as a member of the Ohio and National Education Associations.
In 1989, he received the Award of Merit for Outstanding Accomplishments in Resource Conservation for projects on his farm from the Shelby County Soil and Water Division. He attended Fort Loramie High School, where he was an MVP in basketball his junior year, and was a 1949 graduate of Houston High School. He graduated from Miami University, Oxford.
He worked at the Monarch Machine Tool Company for 10 years before beginning his teaching career, which included Russia, Versailles and Covington schools, retiring in 1985. He also farmed and raised cattle for a number of years. In earlier years, he played and managed the Newport Rockets baseball team in the Western Ohio league.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 p.m. Monday at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Newport, the Revs. Steven Shoup and David Hoying officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-7 p.m. Sunday and 9-10 a.m. Monday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Minster.
Memorials may be given to the Sts. Peter and Paul Capital Improvement Fund or to St. Patrick Church Soup Kitchen, Troy c/o Dick Steineman.