Paul Wayne Maul (1928 - 2018)

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Paul Wayne Maul passed away peacefully
on February 19, 2018 surrounded
by his loving family. He was a kind,
gentle and humble man who deeply
loved his country, his family and his
God. Many friends, family members
and colleagues say that Paul was the
best man they have ever known. Paul
was born July 19, 1928, in Anderson,
Indiana of parents Paul T. Maul and
Paulene (Wiley) Maul. Paul grew up
in Anderson and graduated from high
school in 1946. He attended college at
Indiana University where he lettered
in Cross country and earned a BA in
Journalism and English in 1950. While
in school, he married his high school
sweetheart, Oleda Mills. His later education
included an MS in International
Affairs in 1968 from George Washington
University and an MBA from the
University of Nebraska in 1983. He was
a prolific student of American history
his entire life as witnessed by his large
library of writings from Thomas Paine
to Ron Chernow. Paul received his
commission into the Air Force in 1950
whereupon he began a 30-year career
which took him to 16 bases
throughout the world
for permanent assignment.
Paul completed
pilot training in the B-29
in 1952 where shortly thereafter he flew
combat missions in the Korean War in
the KB-29. Once the war ended, he flew
the B-47 and served on alert at Homestead
Florida during the Cuban Missile
crisis, followed by 3000 hours flying
the B-52 and finally, the EB-66 with
which he flew 102 combat missions
out of Takhli AB, Thailand in 1968-69
during the Vietnam conflict. He served
as the Wing Commander with the
99th Bombardment Wing at Westover
AFB, Mass in 1973 and the 509th Bomb
Wing at Pease AFB, New Hampshire.
He ended his military career serving
as the Deputy Director, Command and
Control Head Quarters Strategic Air
Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska in
1977 where he retired as a full Colonel
with over 6000 pilot hours. Paul loved
his time in the service and kept in
contact with scores of his old buddies
throughout the rest of his life. One of
them from his EB-66 days
who is now a renowned
author of Air Force
history in this country
recently wrote, "He was
one of the best pilots I ever knew". Paul
was a command pilot who earned military
awards and decorations including
the Legion of Merit with oak leaf
cluster, The Distinguished Flying Cross
awarded during combat in 1969, the
Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters,
the Bronze Star and the Meritorious
Service Medal. After leaving active
duty, Paul served as a Corporate Manager
with General Dynamics Corporation
before his "final" retirement in
1993. During that time, he worked in
both Omaha and Alexandria, Virginia
on the first generation of cruise and
Tomahawk missiles. Paul married Ruth
Anne Holmes in 1988 and settled in
Castle Rock, Colorado in 1998 where he
spent much time volunteering in various
capacities and serving as treasurer
and head of the Finance Committee
of First United Methodist Church in
Castle Rock, Colorado. He and Anne
were very committed Christians who
lived and breathed the teachings of Jesus
Christ and were known throughout
the faith community for their selfless
and humble help of others- whether
it was reaching out with a kind word
in time of need or bundling up in a
snowstorm to pick up and deliver the
hurting or disabled to Sunday services.
Paul was preceded in death by
his parents and his sister, Phyllis Kay
(Maul) McCallister. He is survived by
his loving wife, Anne, his daughters
from Colorado Springs, Michele Betts-
Schultz (husband Al), Suzanne Miller
(husband G. David) step-children
Kristi Grace (Vicki) of Larkspur, Trent
Grace (Suzanne) of Bridgton ME,
Courtney Grace (Ronda) of Merrimack,
NH. He has 11 Grandchildren
and 7 great grandchildren and three
grandchildren. Memorial Services with
appropriate military honors will be
held at First United Methodist Church,
Castle Rock, Colorado on April 7, 2018
commencing at 11:00 a.m.
Religious Service Information
First United Methodist Church
1200 South St
Castle Rock, CO 80104
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Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Apr. 4 to May 3, 2018
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