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Bachman, Paul Francis 1923—2017
Loving Father and Husband
Paul Francis Bachman, 94, former president of The Federal Land Bank of Louisville, passed away at his home in Frankfort, Kentucky on December 23, 2017 after a long illness. Paul was the second child born to Gustina and Howard Bachman of Carroll, Ohio. As a child, Paul worked in the family apple and peach orchard, and was a member of David Lutheran Church in Canal Winchester, Ohio. After graduating from Carroll High School, he attended Ohio State University for 2 years where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. During WWII, he was accepted into The Army Specialized Training Program and attended Penn State University to be trained and educated as an Army officer. The program was disbanded in early 1944 and Paul was assigned to the 95th Infantry, Battery A, 920th Field Artillery, 9th Army. His basic training was in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. Sgt. Bachman's division spent a short time in Liverpool, England and landed on Omaha Beach in September, 1944. His division was later reassigned to General George Patton's Third Army. Several of his memories of WWll were driving a truck in The Red Ball Express to supply the front lines, The Battle of Metz, and support for the Battle of the Bulge. He earned a bronze star for heroic achievements under enemy fire during campaigns in France and Germany. After the war, Paul married Phyllis Caldwell of Canal Winchester, Ohio, started their family, lived on the family farm, and went to work for the U.S. Soil Conservation District where he trained fellow farmers. Paul was then hired by The Federal Land Bank and after serving short stints in Lancaster and Marion, Ohio he moved to the regional office in Louisville, Kentucky in 1963. He worked on providing loans to farmers until he became President in 1971. During this time, he served on a national committee to advise underprivileged countries around the world on modern farming techniques. After leaving the bank, Paul became Vice-President of Leasing for Baldwin United in Cincinnati, Ohio. He retired to Florida where he excelled in real estate sales. Wherever he lived, he played an active part in his local church. Paul had many loves and interests. He enjoyed family, friends, reading, golf, watching old movies but most of all loved to travel the country in a Roadtrek motor home with his wife Shirley (Kohler) whom he married in 1992. He loved playing card and board games with friends and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Paul will be remembered as always having a smile on his face, a friendly nature, a Christ-like kind and gentle spirit, a quick wit, encouraging words, and his love of family. Preceded in death by his parents, Paul leaves behind his wife Shirley; sister Betty Klamfoth; brother Dick (JoAnn) Bachman; former wife Phyllis Riefenberg; daughter Vicki (Allan) Harvey; son Steve (Teresa) Bachman; stepdaughter Kathleen (Doug) Lindsey; 4 grandchildren; one step-grandchild; 12 great-grandchildren; and 2 step great-grandchildren. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, Ky 40601 or Lexington VA Hospital, 1101 Veterans Drive, Lexington, Ky 40502.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Dec. 27 to Dec. 28, 2017
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