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M. Paul Cleaver

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M. Paul Cleaver Obituary
M. Paul Cleaver, 91

West Lafayette - M. Paul Cleaver, 91, passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014, in his home.

He was born March 19, 1923, in Louisville, KY, the son of Paul and Elizabeth (Brown) Cleaver and proudly served his country in the United States Army. Paul married Orah Teagle on June 14, 1946, and together the two have enjoyed sixty-eight years of matrimony. Paul attended the Art Institute of Chicago, graduated in 1951, followed by a Master's of Education from the University of Illinois, Navy Pier in 1959. He taught art at Haven Jr. High and Noyes Middle School collectively for twenty-five years until his retirement in 1988. Paul was a past Deacon at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL, and was also extremely active in the church when he attended First Presbyterian Church in Wilmette, IL. He enjoyed all forms of art and sculpture, especially wood sculpture, painting with oils and acrylics, and lapidary arts. Paul also loved the outdoors, horses, was an avid stamp collector and had an absolute commitment to learning throughout life. He will always be remembered as a man of great spirit and creativity.

Survivors include his loving wife, Orah Cleaver; four children, Jim Cleaver (wife, Deborah), Portland, OR, Sharon McCracken (husband, Kevin), Frankfort, IN, Claudia Kampenga (husband, Bruce), Carmel, IN, and Wes Cleaver (wife, Ricki), Chicago, IL; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, David Cleaver; and five siblings, Samuel Cleaver, Maxwell Cleaver, Lucy Cleaver Brightman, Lea Cleaver Schultz, and David Cleaver.

A Time of Celebration will be held for Paul from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 5, 2014 in the Tippecanoe Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel of Faith, 1718 W 350 N, West Lafayette, IN 47906.

The family would like to extend their sincerest thanks to Carmen Grau and Kelly Stout for the exceptional care they have given to Paul and continue to give Orah.

Services have been entrusted to Elm Ridge Funeral Home and Tippecanoe Memory Gardens.

Online condolences and memories can be shared with the family at

Published in the Journal & Courier on July 2, 2014
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