FAIRBORN — Paul C. Bockstedt Sr., age 85, passed away on Tuesday December 24, 2013 in Fairborn, Ohio. Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Hazel Meyer and Chester W. Bockstedt of Buffalo, New York and his son-in-law, Tony P. Chapman, of Fairborn, Ohio. Paul was born September 25, 1928 in Buffalo, New York. His education included attendance at the University of Virginia, where he studied nuclear engineering. He married his loving wife, Anne Prevatt Bockstedt, in the year 1950, and is survived by her. Paul is also survived by three children: Paula Markus (Tim), and Joan Chapman, of Fairborn; Paul C. Bockstedt Jr. (Nancy) of Laguna Niguel, California, and six grandchildren: Jason Chapman (Samantha) of Papillion, Nebraska; Kathryn Chapman of Blue Ash, Ohio; Elizabeth Markus (Paul Adams-fiance) and James Markus of Fairborn, Ohio; Paul Curtis III and Lucas Bockstedt of Laguna Niguel, California. While serving in the United States Air Force; his career included establishing the development of nuclear power plants in: Greenland, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Sundance, Wyoming and Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He retired from the Air Force and continued his engineering career with the Bechtel Corporation, based in San Francisco, California. His Bechtel career led to extensive travels throughout the world. Paul and Anne spent many years in Indonesia and Australia, while he supervised mining projects; their children were also able to accompany them on many extended trips and assignments. Although his work involved long hours and challenging problems, he always made new friends, wherever he went. His engineering talents and management skills were both equal to his easygoing manner. He was an accomplished manager and problem solver within the Bechtel organization, being known as a "go-to guy" for solving tough issues. He was a member of the Cadillac Club of Cincinnati and was known for his expertise in Cadillac restoration. He thoroughly enjoyed his antique cars and received many 1st place national awards. He was also very proud of being a lifelong member of the Masonic Harmonie Lodge 699. Paul was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was extremely proud of all of his children and grandchildren. He was the first to celebrate their accomplishments, and could always turn simple family gatherings into memorable experiences. He made all of our lives richer as he stayed young at heart and taught us that life gets more exciting with each new day. The love and support that he gave his family will always be cherished, and held close to our hearts as we celebrate his life. A private memorial service will be held at the Belton-Stroup Funeral Home on Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, Saturday, December 28, with Father Charlie Lang officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, in Dayton, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a
. Condolences may be made to the family at www.BeltonStroup.com.