Paul Eide Sr.
Nov. 26, 1921-July 24, 2014.
Paul Eide Sr. passed away at 92 on July 24, 2014. He was born Nov. 26, 1921, on a farm in Maynard, Minnesota.
He attended a country school through eighth grade, then went to high school in Granite Falls, and then on to the University of Minnesota for one year. He quit college to work for an airplane factory in San Diego, California.
In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for four years during World War II, including invasions of Guam, the Philippines, and Okinawa.
When the war was over, he went back to Minnesota and married the love of his life, Lorraine Pederson, on Feb. 3, 1946. The couple lived in Minnesota for a few years and Paul Jr. was born there in 1949. In 1951 the family moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where Paul Sr. worked as a civilian at Eielson Air force Base.
In 1955 they left Alaska and moved to Brookings where a good friend of theirs from Minnesota was living at the time. Daughter Patricia was born in Crescent City, California, in 1958.
The first years in Brookings Paul worked for Brookings Plywood, sold cars for 10 years, then worked for many years at Hanscam's Hardware Store, and finally he worked for Square Deal Lumber until his retirement in 1983.
Paul has loved his life in Brookings where they have lived for almost 60 years. He was a charter member of Trinity Lutheran Church and also a longtime member of the Brookings Elks Club. Paul loved to take visiting family and friends for long tours of the beautiful Brookings and surrounding areas, being gone for hours at a time.
Paul is survived by his wife Lorraine; two children, Paul Jr. (Barbara) of Brookings; Pat Arts (Dave) of Springfield; three grandchildren, Eric Eide of Springfield, Andrea (Eide) Trinh (John) of Phoenix, Arizona, Ashley Arts of Eugene; and one great-grandson, Caleb Trinh of Phoenix.
A service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brookings. Redwood Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net. Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.