Paul Lee Pittsley, 97, Boscobel, passed away Sunday, April 5, 2020, at Boscobel Care and Rehab, with his loving wife of 71 years, by his side.
Paul was born in Scott Township, Crawford County, August 5, 1922, to Eldon and Berta Pittsley. Paul was the oldest of five children; three brothers, Virgil, Donald, and Junior; and one sister, Betty.
Paul attended Coalburn School in Crawford County, finishing in 1937 at the age of 15. He then worked with a relative until he was inducted into the military, October 8, 1942.
Paul served with the 96th "Deadeye" infantry division, and participated in the conflict on Okinawa Island, between April 1, 1945 and June 30, 1945.
Paul was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic service in connection with military operations against the enemy, that he performed on April 5, 1945. Paul's date of separation from the military was January 11, 1946.
Paul was united in marriage to Rose Ann Rhude, Soldiers Grove, on September 18, 1948, in Dubuque, Iowa. They were blessed with one son, Steven, on September 18, 1961.
Paul has had many businesses through the years. He met his wife while he was a cab driver, then they worked as a team. In Boscobel, he started The Salvage Yard, Badger Paint, Sears and Roebuck, The Laundromat, and Surplus Sales. He always enjoyed selling anything, from houses to hardware. While living in Blue River, Paul served on the board of trustees, and he was also the village president. He was always self-employed.
Paul loved to travel with his wife. They got to explore 49 of the 50 states, forever on the move.
Paul's grandchildren, Laina and Mitchell, were his pride and joy. They were always creating, traveling, or just spending the day together. Disneyworld was a favorite vacation destination. He enjoyed wintering in Brownsville, Texas, for many years, and when the trip got too long...The Miss Marquette was a great spot to go for the day.
Paul will be forever missed by his wife, Rose, his son, Steve (Diane), his grandchildren, Laina and Mitchell, and so many others that knew and loved him. He had touched so many lives.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, and all of his siblings.
A private family burial was held on April 8, 2020, at the Boscobel cemetary, with Pastor Stan Pegram leading in prayer. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday September 18, 2021 at the United Methodist Church in Boscobel, from 2:00- 5:00 P.M . The Kendall Funeral Service in Boscobel is assisting the family.
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