Obit: Paul, Wilmer E. (1919 - 2012)

Contact: Robert Lipprandt


Surnames: Brehmer, Paul, Schmitt, Swarr, Woempner

----Source: The Star News (Medford, Taylor Co., Wisconsin) Thursday, March 14 2012, online edition

Paul, Wilmer "Butts" E. (May 28, 1938 - March 9, 2012)

Wilmer "Butts" E. Paul, 92, Medford, died on Friday, March 9 at Memorial Nursing Home and Rehab Center in Medford, where he had resided for almost two years, while under hospice care.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 13 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford, with Rev. Carl Swarr officiating. Cremainal inurnment will take place at a later date in Pine Hill Cemetery in the Town of Mayville, Clark County.

Wilmer Paul was born on June 12, 1919 on the farm north of Curtiss in Clark County, to the late Robert O. and Mary (Brehmer) Paul. He attended Park School in the Town of Hoard and graduated from the eighth grade. At the age of 14, he helped his brother, Ray, cut all the logs using a crosscut saw and skidded the logs across Popple River over the ice with a horse that brought the logs to a sawmill. Their brother, Otto, set up in a field where the logs were sawed into the lumber then hauled to Klingbeil in Medford. The lumber was then planed and used to build the new barn on the family farm in 1936. Also as a young boy, he learned from his father, who was a blacksmith, how to make runners for sleighs and other things, along with his five brothers. In addition to working on the family farm, he drove 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. He also worked in the logging camps and hauled logs, worked on U.S. Highway 2 hauling loads of gravel for cement, to connect Minnesota and Wisconsin, at Hurley and Wisconsin and Michigan at Ironwood

On December 27, 1947, he married Alice M. Woempner, who survives. They lived on the family farm for 25 years, and he also started logging and peeling pulpwood. After his two brothers were drafted for World War II, he and his brother, Art, were partners on the family farm.
He enjoyed carving wood, hunting, fishing and trapping.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Linda (Gene) Schmitt of Wausau; a son, Keith (Judith) of Neenah; three grandchildren, Nathan (Elisa) Paul of Appleton, Justin (Nicole) of Chippewa Falls and Ashley Paul of St. Frances; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven siblings, Elmer, Lorraine, Otto, Lila, Norman, Arthur and Raymond, and a grandson, Jason Alward in 1986.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to his family to be designated at a later date.
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