Paul Eugene Armentrout
1920 - 2013
Paul E. Armentrout went peacefully to meet his Lord on December 27, 2013, at the Salem Hospital.
He was born on February 7, 1920, to Art and Irma Armentrout on a farm near Anita, Iowa. His brothers included Ross, Harold, and Harlan. Paul got his elementary and secondary education in small Iowa schools, graduating from Lewis High School in 1937. He completed a two-year program at the American Business College in Omaha, Nebraska. After traveling to the West Coast and getting a good job, he married Marjorie Pierce, of Lewis Iowa, on May 31, 1941.
Paul's professional 40 year career with Sears Roebuck led him to living and raising his family in three Northwest states. He worked his way up from the Shipping and Receiving Department to Manager as he was transferred from store to store in seven cities.
His 39 year military career started with three years of active duty as a B-24 pilot stationed in Bungay England with the 446th Bomb Group. He flew 30 bombing missions over Germany. After the war, he remained in the Active Reserves and retired as a Lt. Colonel.
Following his retirement from Sears and the Air Force, Paul spent the next 32 years enjoying his pastimes of fishing and golfing and volunteering as a docent at the Evergreen Air Museum. At age 92, Paul was among fifty WWII
veterans included in an Oregon Honor Flight group traveling to Washington DC to see the WWII Memorial. The following year Paul and Marjorie celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary.
Paul is survived by his wife, Marjorie, and four children: Sherrie Kuhl, Jane Snoddy, David Armentrout, and Kim Luom; ten grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, January 11, at 4 pm at the Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, 605 Commercial Str. SE, Salem, OR. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, January 12, at 2 pm at the Dallas Retirement Village Chapel, Dallas, OR. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Paul's name to the Evergreen Museum Educational Scholarship Fund at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR 97128.