SETTLES, PAUL WATHEN, 87, died peacefully at his home on July 4, 2013, after a brief illness.
Paul was the youngest of 12 children born to Reverend Ben Settles and Maggie Settles on April 19, 1926 in Taylor County, Kentucky.
He attended Berea College prior to serving in the United States Navy. Stationed on a destroyer in the Pacific theatre, Paul was among many who aided in the liberation of American POWs, a life changing experience for him. After leaving the service, he graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1950.
Paul worked for Phillip Morris and Pillsbury Company before beginning a 35 year career in real estate as a broker for Heritage Realty and Rainey-Jones & Associates.
Born in the country, he loved fishing, trapping and later in life, gardening to an extreme! Paul was a strong advocate for the environment and practiced organic gardening long before it became popular. He was also quite the gourmet cook and grill master, serving bleu cheese hamburgers to a family not always so enthusiastic with his culinary "experiments". Paul was one heck of a golfer, tennis player and loved to play bridge with his friends at Glen Oaks. With his wife, Betsy, he traveled the world but one of their favorite places of all was their condominium in Winter Park, Colorado where they spent many summers enjoying the mountains. In the interest of scientific research and his concern for the environment, Paul donated his body to the University of Louisville Medical School.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Betsy Ann Hays Settles, a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Settles (Dennis Widmann), a son, Joseph Hays Settles, (Debbie), a daughter, Laura Settles Horsey (Jeff), his grandchildren, Ben Anderson, Sarah Anderson, Emily Settles and Alison Settles. He is also survived by two of his brothers, Colonel Ben Settles, Retired USAF of San Antonio, Texas and Dr. David Settles of Versailles, Kentucky as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Paul's life and memories will be held at Middletown Christian Church, 500 North Watterson Trail, Louisville, KY 40243 on Sunday, July 7, 2013. Visitation will be from 2 until 4 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service and supper at the church.
The family wishes to thank Paul's many caregivers over the past several months: Richard with Home Instead, Rene and Korel with Hosparus, the Kinderman and Jones families and Betsy's wonderful long time helper and friend, Micki McKinney.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Hosparus, YMCA SafePlace Services or Middletown Christian Church.
Published in The Courier-Journal from July 5 to July 7, 2013