He graduated from Brighton High School in 1941. Paul served in the Army Air Corp during WWII as a flight engineer on a B-24, with 35 missions over Europe, with the 93rd Bomb Group, 2nd Air Division, 8th Air Force and was awarded the air medal seven times. He was a life member of the Wellington American Legion Post #8. Paul worked at Skeele’s Ford in Wellington, as a parts and service manager from 1946 until the early 1970s, when he started teaching auto mechanics at Lorain County Joint Vocational School until his retirement in 1988.
Paul was a founding member of Rochester Fire Department, where he served as chief for over 40 years. He was also a member of the Holiday Hobo’s Camping Club, Rochester Historical Society and Rochester United Methodist Church. Paul volunteered with Well-Help in Wellington.
Paul will be dearly missed by his children, Richard (Barb) Harwood of Laurelville, Ohio, Dennis (Patti) Harwood of Spring Hill, Tennessee and Pam (Jim) Mencl of Rochester; grandchildren, Jennifer (Aaron) Kuck, David (Jennifer) Harwood, Gregory Harwood, Rachel Harwood, Nick (Mindy) Mencl, Michelle (Creighton) Ruggles and Allison (Cory) Landis; and great-grandchildren, Anna, Amelia, Jarrett, Landon and Sebastian.
In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Nora Jeanette, whom he married on December 7, 1943; half brother, Harry Harwood; and half sister, Esther Griggs.
Paul’s family will greet friends from 4 until 7 P.M., Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Eastman Funeral Home, 200 W. Main St., New London, and Monday, May 12, 2014, from 10 A.M., until the time of service at 11 A.M., with Pastor Tina Siroki officiating. Burial will follow in Rochester Cemetery, with military rites.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Rochester United Methodist Church, 201 S. State St., Rochester, OH 44090 or Rochester Fire Dept., 200 Eagle St., Rochester, OH 44090.