Paul Grabko, 84, of Scott Street, Wilkes-Barre, died Friday, July 19, 2013, at Timber Ridge Health Care Center, Plains Township.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary Babula Grabko. He was educated in Wilkes-Barre Area schools and started work at age 15 in strip mines.
Paul was a member of the operating engineers and worked as a crane operator for No. 1 Construction, G.E. Ray Construction, West Virginia, B.G Danish, Dayton, Ohio. While working at No. 1 Construction, he worked at the following disasters: Knox Mines, Jerry White Mines, Scranton, and Shepton Mines. He also did rescue work during the 1972 flood at Hotel Sterling. He was a U.S. Army
veteran of the Korean Conflict
, serving in Alaska as a corporal. Paul was a member of the Parsons Veterans of Foreign Wars
, United Mine Workers and operating engineers.
His hobbies included classic cars, fishing, boating, water skiing and camping and hiking with his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by daughter, Michaelene Mulhern; and brother, Peter Grabko.
Surviving are his wife, Pauline Parent Grabko, Wilkes-Barre; daughter, Paulette Bruckler and husband, Butch, West Pittston; sons, Paul Grabko Jr. and wife, Vicky, Mountain Top; Michael Grabko, Wilkes-Barre; brother, John Grabko, Somerville, N.J.; sisters. Olga Macieko, Somerville, N.J.; Genevieve Lavis, Hudson; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Township, with the Very Rev. Joseph Martin officiating. Interment will be in Fern Knoll Burial Park, Dallas. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Parastas service will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Martin officiating.