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July 16, 2012
The Times Observer

After a brief stay at the John Knox Village Health Center, Paul Nelson (nee Hayes), passed away peace-fully on July 13, 2012, sur-rounded by two daughters and his long-time best girl. Born in Zanesville, OH, on June 23, 1922, he moved with his mother, Mary Mar-tha, and sister, Martha Jean, to Warren, Pa., where he graduated from Warren High Class of '40, distin-guishing himself as a school gymnast, cheer-leader, and drummer in a band. Paul loved to jitter-bug to the Big Bands, and traveled with a partner to perform for audiences around the country. He stu-died Mechanical En-gineering, leaving his In-diana college after Pearl Harbor. He joined the Mer-chant Marines, attending its academy in Kingsport, New York, to receive train-ing as a radio operator, then served as the Communica-tions Officer on board many ships during WWII. He crossed the Atlantic more than 30 times bring-ing fresh foods to the troops, and arrived in Hiroshima on the first vessel following the atomic bomb. Although he did not talk much about those years, Paul was extremely proud of his service and also very much enjoyed the life of a seafaring man. In fact, boating became his passion later in life, having kept cabin cruisers at Cedar Point Yacht Club in Sandu-sky, OH, as well as Coral Ridge Yacht Club in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. After the war, Paul worked for Royal Typewriter in NYC, where he met his wife-to-be, Mu-riel Krohn, at a dance. They married in 1948 and began their life together in New York City. He soon began his career at DCA (Donut Corp. of America), transferring to Logansport, IN, to work his Midwest ter-ritory for 9 years. When promoted, Paul moved to Cleveland, OH, becoming an entrepreneur, starting his company, Sno-White Donuts, with one small bakeshop, and ending with a factory and 20 plus shops when he retired. Paul and Muriel moved to Ft. Lauderdale, enjoying their retirement as residents of the Galt Ocean Mile, members of the Sunrise Country Club, and later, the Coral Ridge Yacht Club. There were many happy memories from his days at the CC, where he played and served on the Governor's Golf league as a valued teammate and off-icer. But the Yacht Club was his real love, serving in various positions and keep-ing his motor yacht, the Sea Dog, on which Paul and Muriel had great fun and many adventures with their CRYC friends into their late 70s, with raft-offs, cruises to the Bahamas and Abacos, dining and danc-ing in the dining room, and Christmas Lights Cruises, for which he was the MC for many years, raffling off wonderful treasures to his fellow members, and hav-ing the time of his life. Paul is survived by his daughters Paula Nelson, Pat (Tony) Ithier, Martha (Scott) Denis, and Christine Sampson; his sister, JoAnn Cox; his grandchildren Fran Egan, Libby Scheffer, Katie Cherry, Chris Denis, Paul Denis, and Riley Sampson; 6 great-grandchildren; as-sorted nieces and nephews; and his great love, Nancy Richards. He was a gen-erous, kind, caring, and very funny and cheerful man, and will be greatly missed by so many people. Paul's memorial service will be held in the auditori-um at John Knox Village, 651 SW 6th Street, on Monday, July 30, 2012, at 10 a.m., with reception fol-lowing. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Paul Nelson to: Hospice by the Sea, 1531 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, Fl. 33486

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