Paul E. Deal

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PIQUA - Paul E. Deal, 87, of Piqua, went to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Dec. 6, 1925, in Miami County to the late Merle and Margaret Irene (Tamplin) Deal. He married Viola Mader Nov. 29, 1947, in Lena, a marriage that would grow for more than 66 years; and she survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Jerilyn L. (Jim) Hershey, of Troy, and Merilee F. Deal, of Piqua; three sons, Randy P. (Karen) Deal, of Piqua, Mark A. (Carolyn) Deal, of Casstown, and Deron G. (Gail) Deal, of Piqua; 17 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Joy (Albert) Mader, of Troy, Viola Neves, of Piqua, Marilyn Everett, of Versailles; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Janice Lillicrap; two brothers, Lynn Deal and Gene Deal; and a granddaughter, Ginger Reed.

Mr. Deal attended Piqua Central High School was employed at the former Val Decker Meat Processing Plant for 30 years and retired from the Ohio Department of Transportation District 7. Mr. Deal was blessed with an abundance of musical talent, which he loved to share. Prior to his employment he played country music as a professional musician with best friends Herb Adams, Jack Rodgers, Ray and Belle Birt, and was a member of the initial band featured on WPTW Radio. His music became a ministry that enabled him to serve as the choir director for the Union Baptist Church for 60 years, founded the Choir Festival of area churches for 27 years, and encouraged others to share their talents for the Lord.

As an active member of the Union Baptist Church, he also served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. In recent years he played blue grass with Bill Purk and the Muleskinner's and the Rum River Band at several venues, including the Heritage Festival, Covington Fort Rowdy Days and the Tipp Roller Mill. He enjoyed traveling across Ohio to numerous churches sharing Gospel music with his family and friend Gene Boehringer. He also enjoyed vacations in Tennessee with his family and singing with his sister Joy Mader. Additionally, he was known as the "Train Man" at the Miami Valley Centre Mall where he ran its railroad for 18 years during his retirement. He was known to have the voice of an angel and he will be deeply missed by his loving wife, children, family and friends. His memory will continue in the lives of those he touched in a positive and spiritual way.

A service to honor his life will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at the Union Baptist Church, Troy, with Pastor Dale Adkins officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Union Baptist Church, 1833 E. Peterson Road, Troy, OH 45373 or Wilson Hospice.

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Published in Sidney Daily News on Sept. 8, 2013