ELBLE, PAUL EDW. WM. "BILL", 92, passed away Thursday, December 26, 2013.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who was compassionate, giving, intelligent and gifted mechanically. He could fix anything. He was a lover of nature and of God's creations. It's been said he was born with one green thumb and one greasy thumb.
A World War II US Army Fifth Air Corps veteran, he volunteered for immediate action and entered the conflict at the Solomon Islands. He was one of the few who held the last Allied Bastion, Port Moresby New Guinea against the Japanese advance. He continued to serve throughout the war in the Asian Pacific Theater in Australia, the Philippines and numerous other islands earning the Asiatic Pacific Theater ribbon, with bronze star, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and numerous other commendations.
He retired after 35 years from International Harvester/Navistar. He was a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the American Legion post 229, Retired UAW Local 1336, and the DAV.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles Ray Elble Sr. and Florentine Marie Heil; brothers, Raymond Jr., and Charles Elble; sister, Ruth Herbst; and two sons, Charles Robert and Gerald Allen Abrams.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Rosalee, (nee Heitkamper, formerly Abrams); sons, Steven W., Randolph C. (Janet), and Richard A. (Shirley) Elble; daughters, Mary A. Bedel, Sharon M. (Dennis) Flora; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
His funeral service will be held Noon Monday at Joseph E. Ratterman & Son, 7336 Southside Dr., with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Rattermans.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Dec. 29, 2013