Joseph Paul Sabo, 90, of Klamath Falls departed this world April 23, 2014, of natural causes. He was born to the late Stephen and Coral Sabo Oct. 25, 1923, in Long Beach, Calif. The Sabo family relocated back to Klamath Falls where Paul celebrated his first birthday. Paul graduated from Klamath Union High School. After graduation, he attended the National School of Automotive and received a degree in diesel mechanics. Paul joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and served in the 414th night fighter squadron. He trained with the Royal British Air Force and travelled to many parts of the world as a crew chief from May 1, 1943 to March 1, 1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his steadfast devotion to duty, superior technical skills and leadership. He was a lifetime member of the World War II Night Fighter Association. After his military service, he continued his education at Oregon State University, where he met his true love, Mary Jane. They were married in Worland, Wyo. Aug. 20, 1947, and settled in Klamath Falls, where they raised their family. Paul worked for Morrison Knudsen on the Yale and Grand Coulee Dams. He also worked for Juckeland Motors in Klamath Falls. He then spent 20 years working for O'Conner livestock. He retired from Weyerhaeuser Co. after 13 years of dedication. He was an active longtime member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. His activities included choir, serving on the vestry and teaching Sunday school, but his joy, passion, genuineness and sincerity was demonstrated through the food pantry, the place he took his last breath. He was a 35-year member of the YMCA and also was involved in many other organizations in Klamath Falls including the infamous "Kitchen Band." He had a blessed marriage and lived a full life with his best friend and true love, Mary Jane Sabo. They loved to travel and they experienced life as one can only hope for. Paul is survived by Paula Sabo of Boise, Idaho, Mary Jo and Mel Sabo Johnson of Groveland, Fla. Blanche and Rusty Sabo of Canby, Ore., Debra and Valera Federov of Portland, Ore., and Valerie Sabo of West Linn, Ore. Paul has six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren and many friends. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made out to the Food Pantry. A memorial service will be May 10, 2014, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
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Published in Herald And News on May 4, 2014