Paul Krauter

Paul E. Krauter

MANSFIELD: Paul E. Krauter, 84, of Mansfield, went home to be with the Lord Friday, December 28, 2012 at MedCentral Mansfield. Born July 27, 1928 in Mansfield, he was the son of David and Faye (Swigart) Krauter. Paul was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II and retired from H&S Automotive. Along with his wife, he was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Paul was also involved with the American Legion, VFW, Amvets, Mansfield Liederkranz, and the Moose. Known by many as Smiley, he was always smiling and laughing wherever he was. Paul enjoyed tinkering in his garage and could fix just about anything. He was very outgoing and loved bowling, fishing, and was an avid golfer. Paul also liked traveling, gardening, playing euchre and horseshoes, or simply spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Josephine Krauter of Mansfield; daughter, Renee (Timothy) Cottrill of Mansfield; step son, Stanley Smith of Mansfield; step daughters, Rhonda Hampton, Linda (Larry) Carter, Connie (Kevin) Gorrell, and Tina Smith, all of Mansfield; two granddaughters, Taylor Cottrill and Alexia Krauter; nine step grandchildren; seven step great grandchildren; sisters, Wilma (Glenn) Phillips of Mansfield and Adeline Pace of New Philadelphia; brother-in-law, Marvin (Ann) Weidemeyer; faithful Chihuahua companion, Chico at home; and numerous nieces, nephews, and really good friends. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Johnny Krauter and sister, Betty Haverfield.

Friends may call Wednesday, January 2, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Diamond St. Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond St., Mansfield. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home conducted by his brother-in-law, Rev. Glenn Phillips. Military services conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Squad will immediately follow the service. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery in the Veterans Honor Grounds. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Hospital or the Wounded Warrior Fund.

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Published in the News Journal on Dec. 30, 2012