Paul Raymond Strohm, 94, of Rancho Bernardo, died peacefully following a brief illness on Monday, August 27, 2012. He was born on October 8, 1917, in Centralia, Kansas, to Frances and Wynn Strohm. Paul spent his early years in Beattie, Kansas, until his father's death in 1930. He grew up in Maryville, Missouri, where he attended high school and college, graduating from Northwest Missouri State Teachers College in 1939.
His father, mother, brother, Leo, and sister, Amelia, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, the love of his life, Mildred Kolegraff Strohm; his son, Greg (Joan) of Grand Blanc, MI; daughters, Carole (Jack) Holcomb of Avondale Estates, GA, and Maureen (Chad) Schumacher of Pasadena, CA; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He joined TWA's engineering department following graduation and worked for them for 41 years. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army
and served as Navigator Instructor in the Army Air Corps until 1945. His career with TWA took him from Kansas City, MO, to Burbank, CA, to Scarsdale, NY, and back to Kansas City before he finally retired to San Diego in 1985.
He was a quiet man of faith and conviction. Never drawing attention to himself, he was very active in whatever parish he joined serving as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister. He joined the Knights of Columbus in 1934 and was a 3rd Degree Knight in the Valley of the Angels Council #9710. While living in New York, he worked with Father James Keller, founder of the Christopher's, teaching a course called "How to be a Leader" for several years. During that time, he became very involved in the grassroots movement that created the New York Conservative Party. Paul was most proud of his work with Mother Teresa's Co-workers, co-founding chapters with his wife in their parishes in Parkville, MO, and Rancho Bernardo (San Rafael), CA. In 1985, he and Mildred were invested into the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher.
Paul will be remembered as a kind and gentle man, who was always willing to help, true to his faith and beliefs.
The family appreciates the care and devotion Paul received from the team at the Remington Club Assisted Living Center while he lived there with his wife, Mildred, for the past two years.
Visitation will be from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, at San Rafael Church in Rancho Bernardo with the Vigil Prayer Service to be held at 6:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2012, at San Rafael Church. The committal will be private at Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery in Oceanside.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to his favorite charity to continue Mother Teresa's work in the San Diego area: Missionaries of Charity, c/o Sister Ann Marie, 3877 Boston Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113.