Paul Junior Schwarzkopf
May 4, 1930 - Oct. 11, 2020
Paul was born to Paul and Julia Alice Ann Schwarzkopf (née Lalumendre) in Smithland Woodbury County Iowa in 1930. Paul's family moved to Portland during WWII where his parents worked in the Van Port Shipyards supporting the war effort.
As a teenager Paul was a bike messenger in the Portland metro area.
He joined the U.S. Navy spending two years in the Coast Guard stationed on the Oregon Coast at the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse in Newport, Ore. He also served in the Army National Guard with the 237th Artillery Group in the 1950's. He met, and fell in love, with his wife Rita Shepherd in 1947 while she was living in Portland. They were married in 1948. He was a faithful member of the Catholic church.
Paul was a hard-working father of nine, who loved his children and grandchildren. He's had many jobs over the years; gas station attendant, worked for Tektronix, worked at two HiFIi shops in the Hawthorne District. During the 1980's he became the owner of the Oregon City TV Repair shop in Oregon City until he retired in the mid 90's.
He loved to go fishing, capture family moments with his many cameras, took joy waking the family every Sunday morning by blasting out sound effects or playing Tennessee Ernie Ford belting out Sixteen Tons over his high-powered speakers. Every Christmas he would tape our family's excitement and joy as the presents were opened, played our favorite Christmas albums. He also loved Halloween, scaring the neighbors with scary sound effects, Easter and the fourth of July. He took great joy in seeing his children's excitement during the holidays.
He loved his dogs his favorite was his Bull Terrier Rocky.
Paul passed away due to complications from the COVID-19 virus and pneumonia Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020 at Kaiser's, Sunnyside Hospital. We were unable to spend time with him before his passing due to COVID. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Rose Hanomi; sister, Shirley Kackley (née Carmen); brothers, Larry Carmen, Robert Carmen, David Schwarzkopf; his eldest son, Dennis Schwarzkopf; and grandson, Ryan Sudlow.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Rita Schwarzkopf; sisters, Helen Heimbach (née Carmen), Sandy Reyes (née Carmen); his daughters, Judy Schwarzkopf, Lila Sims, Paula Moore, Laura Corlies, Elizabeth McVicker, Rita Wincsewski; his sons, Richard Schwarzkopf, Eric Schwarzkopf; 26 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.
Paul's wish was to not have a funeral or memorial service, We will honor his wish to have his ashes scattered at sea at a future date.
Please make a donation in Paul's name to:
Boys Town: https://www.boystown.org/Pages/default.aspx
Union Gospel Mission: https://ugmportland.org/donate
Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits