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Rear Admiral Paul Anthony Lautermilch, U.S. Navy (Ret.) died on October 26, 2013 of brain cancer at the age of 85. His funeral and interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery on March 17, 2014.
Rear Admiral Lautermilch, the son of Paul Albert and Clara Grzesk Lautermilch, was born November 11, 1927 in Cleveland, Ohio and spent his early years in Tiffin, Ohio. After enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1946, he received a Fleet Appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1947 and received his commission upon graduation in 1951. Rear Admiral Lautermilch wore a naval uniform for 39 years, during which he was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, four Legions of Merit (one with the combat distinguishing device), the Bronze Star Medal (with the combat distinguishing device), and the Navy Commendation Medal. Rear Admiral Lautermilch retired from active service in 1985. In 1995 he moved to Buggs Island Lake (Kerr Reservoir) in Clarksville, Virginia, where he maintained a fleet of boats (pontoon boat, speed boats) that he used for fish population control and teaching grandchildren to ski. Paul was also an avid woodworker and active supporter of his community and church.
Paul Lautermilch is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Dorothy Ann (Dottie) Mescher of Toledo, OH, their six children and their spouses, Dr. Dorrie Friday and husband Kurt of Pickerington, OH; Paul and wife Ann, of Forest, VA; Kathy Shingleton and husband John, of San Ramon, CA; John and wife Cherian of Highland Village, TX; Susan Brumm and husband Michael of Groveport, OH; and Ann Miller and husband Mike of Knoxville, TN; and by 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (, Tribute #343 54 496), of Columbus (, or the Wounded Warrior Project (
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Schoedinger East Chapel, Columbus, Ohio; check their website ( if interested in attending Rear Admiral Lautermilch's funeral and burial at Arlington National Cemetery or to share a favorite memory or photo.

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Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 2, 2014
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