Paul Lynch Rexford, 82, of Gaines, died on Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014, at home with his wife of 60 years, Joan (Howland) Rexford, by his side.
He was born on Sept. 27, 1931 in Gaines, a son of the late Clare W. and Anna Loretto (Lynch) Rexford.
Paul served in the Navy during the Korean War
and served as a Radar Man on the USS Midway. He retired after 24 years at Dresser Manufacturing in Wellsboro and then was a rural mail carrier for Wellsboro, Gaines and Morris for several years. He will be remembered for his many years operating local Tioga County gas stations and his 50 years of membership at the Loyal Order of the Moose in Galeton. Most of all, Paul will be remembered for his quick wit and the joy he has brought to his family and friends throughout his lifetime. He will be missed by many and thought of fondly by those who knew him.
Paul is survived by his wife, Joan; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Wendy Rexford, Galeton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Catherine and Tom Shinaberry, Baltimore, Md.; Carol and Craig Antush, Ohio; sisters-in-law, Doris Rexford, Jackie Rexford, Cecelia Rexford all of the Buffalo, N.Y. area; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Patricia and Gilbert Anderson, Minn.; Constance and Calvin Hooker, Maine; five grandchildren, Erin, Sara, Gina, Loretto and Jennifer; nine great-grandchildren; many wonderful nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brothers William, Charles Robert, John and David.
Friends may call on Saturday, Mar. 29, from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Bibiana's Catholic Church, Galeton. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Joseph Dougherty officiating. Paul will be cremated and given Military Honors at the Brookside Cemetery in Rexford, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the CSA Fund at St. Bibiana's Catholic Church, or to the Brookside Cemetery Association, 26 Pine Creek Village Road, Gaines, Pa. 16921.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro, Pa. www.carletonfh.com.
OBITUARY PUBLISHED IN THE MAR. 19 ISSUE OF THE FREE PRESS-COURIER