NAME OF DECEASED:
WILMER “BUTTS” F. PAUL
ADDRESS: 135 S. Gibson Street Medford City of Medford Resident
PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 10:50 P.M. Friday, March 9 at the Memorial Nursing and Rehab Center, Medford where he had resided for almost 2 years and under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice.
TIME & PLACE OF FUNERAL: 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, March 13 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford
OFFICIATING: Rev. Carl Swarr
PLACE OF BURIAL: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date in Pine Hill Cemetery in the Town of Mayville, Clark County
VISITATION AT: 9:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, March 13 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford
DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 12, 1919 at the farm north of Curtiss in Clark County. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Church in Curtiss.
EDUCATION: He attended elementary Park School in the Town of Hoard and graduated from the 8th grade.
MARRIAGE INFORMATION: He married Alice M. Woempner on December 27, 1947 and lived on the family farm for 25 years.
PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: He was the youngest son of Robert and Mary Paul. At the age of 14 he helped his brother Ray cut all the logs using a cross cut saw and skidded those logs across Pople River over the ice with a horse that brought the logs to a saw mill. Their brother Otto set up in a field, where the logs were sawed into the lumber and then was hauled to Klingbeil in Medford so that it got planed and was hauled home to build the new barn on the family farm in 1936. Also as a young boy, he learned from his father, the blacksmith, how to make runners for sleighs and other things along with his 5 brothers. Besides working on the family farm he also drove a dump truck to haul gravel and later worked with his brothers hauling line poles to build the REC Electric in Clark, Taylor and Marathon Counties. Wilmer also worked in the logging camps and hauled logs for a couple of years. He later worked on US Highway 2 hauling loads of gravel for cement to connect Minnesota and Wisconsin at Hurley and Ironwood, Michigan. After their marriage, Wilmer also started logging and peeling pulpwood. After his 2 brothers were drafted into service for World War II he and his brother, Art were partners on the family farm for several years. He enjoyed carving wood, was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper.
SURVIVING SPOUSE: Alice M. Paul of Medford
SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughter: Linda (Gene) Schmitt of Wausau
Son: Keith (Judith) Paul of Neenah
GRANDCHILDREN: 2 Grandsons: Nathan (Elisa) Paul of Appleton and Justin (Nicole) Paul of Chippewa Falls
Granddaughter: Ashley Paul of St. Frances
GREAT -GRANDCHILDREN: Mason and Finley Paul of Appleton
Grandson: Jason Alward preceded in death in 1986
DECEASED BROTHERS/SISTERS: Elmer, Lorraine, Otto, Lila, Norman, Arthur and Raymond
DECEASED FATHER: Robert O. Paul
DECEASED MOTHER: Mary Paul (Maiden Name: Brehmer)
OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Wilmer’s family to be designated at a later date.
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