Harry L. Pauling

Harry Louis Pauling was born June 17, 1916 in Amery, Wisconsin.  He was adopted at the age of four years and endured a very difficult childhood.

In 1941, Harry moved to Los Angeles, California, and convinced the love of his life, Delores Rediger, to come to Los Angeles, where they were married on January 25, 1942.

Harry enlisted in the United States Navy on October 6, 1943, and received an honorable discharge at the United States Naval Yard, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 2, 1945 as a Fireman First Class.

Following his discharge, Harry and Delores returned to St. Paul.  Harry used his basic mechanic skills and enrolled in draftsman school at Dunwoody in St. Paul.  He worked in sheet metal, drafting, and layout, and in 1981 retired from Specialty Engineering.

Harry and Delores continued to live in St. Paul until 2010 when they moved to Rush City, Minnesota to be nearer their daughter. During their 70 years of marriage, Harry and Delores were blessed with three children.  Harry was a great family man and was truly devoted to the care and support of his family.

He always had time to take the family swimming at Wilder Pool, play catch, and go roller skating.  His family was his hobby and he spent his life making them happy.

He also loved to fish and play pool. He had a great sense of humor and everyone enjoyed his quick wit and jokes which his children call “Harney Jokes.”  His family felt he may have missed a career as a stand up comic.

Harry touched the lives of many people and will be truly missed by his family and those who knew him.

Harry died at the Golden LivingCenter in Rush City, Minn., on February 22, 2012, having attained the age of 95 years.

He is survived by Delores, his wife of 70 years; his children:  Adrian “Lee” (Jan Detwiler) Pauling of Olympia, Wash., Duane (Nancy) Pauling of Sarona, Wis., and Jan (Jim) Koktavy of Rush City; grandchildren: Michelle Ware, Andrew (Jennifer) Meelberg, Michael (Amanda) Pauling, Mark Pauling, Meredith Pauling, Arielle Pauling, Abigail Pauling, Gabrielle Pauling; great-grandchildren: Dylan Ware, Dakota Ware, Samuel Meelberg, Abrianna Meelberg and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Amelia (Loeffler) Pauling, sister Bea Lowe, and brothers Walter “Red” Pauling and Joe Pauling.

Reverend John Beck officiated at the memorial service 12 p.m., Saturday February 25, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rush City. A time of visitation was held on hour prior at the church. Inurnment will be later in the Union Cemetery, Maplewood, Minn.

Funeral arrangements are with the Funeral and Cremation Service: Olson Chapel, www.funeralandcremationservice.com.

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