Paul Edgar Zechman, 86, of Sandusky, passed away Aug. 9, 2007, in Concord Care Facility, Sandusky, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born May 31, 1921, in Paxtonville, Pa., to Roy and Katherine (Weirick) Zechman, now deceased. At the age of six, he and his mother arrived in Sandusky where Katherine met and later married Edward P. Wendt. Paul worked for the Union Chain Co. for 35 years and retired in 1982 as a department manager. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving during World War II. On June 6, 1944, he landed on Omaha Beach and fought his way through five major battles including the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes where he was wounded. After recovering from his wound, he was sent to the Pacific campaign starting in the Marshall Islands and completed his military duties on Okinawa Island when the war ended. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded the Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and the European Conflict Medal with five bronze stars and other campaign ribbons. As a hobby, Paul was a master woodworking craftsman. He professionally built most of his own furniture including a solid white oak roll top desk, and a solid cherry grandfather clock. He made clocks for many people in the area and in his later years made pen and pencil sets from exotic woods.
He is survived by one son, David (Nancy) Zechman and one grandson, Jonathan Zechman, all of Huron; his wife of 15 years, Shirley (Pepitone) Zechman; three stepchildren, Doreen (Bill) Yeager, Tom Pepitone and Yance Pepitone; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Edward Wendt; mother, Katherine (Weirick) Wendt; his first wife, Annabelle (Rotsinger) Zechman; and father, Roy Zechman.
Friends may call from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday in Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, where services will be 10 a.m. Monday. Paul was a member of the Jehovah's Witness Organization and Mr. James Martinez will conduct his memorial service. Burial with military honors will follow in Oakland Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to one's favorite charity.
Condolences may be sent to grofffuneralhomes.com.
Many special thanks to North Coast Cancer Center, Dr. Paul Bruner, Concord Care Center, Stein Hospice and everyone else that helped comfort Paul in his final days.