Paul was a machine operator with USG/Donn Products and retired in 2001 following over 30 years of service. He treasured spending time with his family, watching Little League East Baseball from his backyard, listening to bluegrass music, hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Naioma (nee Carte); six daughters, Brenda Vaughn of Elyria, Shirley Holstein (Wesley) of Grafton, Connie Davis (Diana) of Elyria, Tracy Burnette of Elyria, Karen Shaffstall of LaGrange, Kelley Kinkoph of LaGrange; additional survivors include eighteen grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; seven sisters, Nona Stephenson, Betty Stadler, Reva Kovaleski, Alice Gasparek, Francis Sizemore, Linda Rhodes, Inez Ard; four brothers, John Stewart, William Stephenson, Arthur Stephenson, Dallas Stephenson.
Paul was preceded in death by two daughters, Wilma Helbig, Nancy Christman; sister, Helen Pierson; two brothers, Carl Stewart, Bernard Stephenson; and his parents, Howard and Gay (nee Graham) Stephenson.
Family will receive friends 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at State Rt. 57), Elyria, (440) 322-4626. Funeral services and burial will be private.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.laubenthalmercado.com