TIERRA VERDE, FLA. — Paul Joseph Richnak, a World War II Marine, was called home on Memorial Day, 2014. Born Oct. 13, 1924, in New York City, he was raised in Long Island, N.Y., resided in Godfrey, and most lately of Tierra Verde, Fla.
He was the loving husband of Karen Drewes Richnak. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Mary; his sister, Mary and his first wife, Inez Demkier Richnak.
He was the father of Mary Jane Helfenberger of Virginia, Steven Paul Richnak, Judith Lucille Eckart and Michael Harry Richnak of Godfrey; stepfather of Drew Messer of N.Y., Heather Messer of N.J., Stephanie Danko of Ohio, Kirsten Davis of Rhode Island and Gretchen Cummings of Texas; grandfather to nine grandchildren and 11 stepgrandchildren and six great- grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Frank Richnak of Oregon and Lou Richnak of California.
A World War II veteran of the Marine Corp, those values guided him through his long and wonderful life. Semper Fi. He was a trusted and loyal employee who started at FMC Corp and ended his working days as Vice President of Jefferson Smurfit Corp., where he traveled the world. He sailed the Mississippi, the Yucatan Peninsula and the Gulf Coast of Florida. He was the Captain's captain and he shared his love of the water with those who surrounded him. Aye Aye, Skipper, sail into the beautiful sunset, we will miss you always.
Services and military honors will be held at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, June 19, at Bay Pines National Cemetery. Donations may be made to woundedwarriorproject.org. Words of comfort may be expressed at floridamortuary.com. Florida Mortuary Funeral & Cremation Services, 813-237-2900