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Paul Robert Suder Jr.

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Paul Robert Suder Jr. Obituary
PAUL ROBERT SUDER, JR. (DAD) Age 82, passed into eternal life on April 14, 2013 in Hemet, California, surrounded by his loving family. His passing marks the celebration of a long, fulfilled life spent doing what he deemed most important - being a wonderful father, a cherished husband, a true friend, a self-made business success and a lasting example for his family's future generations. Paul was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Bertha Suder; sister Charla Lindley; and by the love of his life, our mom, Mary Alice Suder, to whom he was married for 56 years. He is survived by beloved brothers Leroy and Robert Suder, and by his three children, Susan, her husband Lee, David, his wife Cristana, Michael, his wife Kathleen and his cherished companion, Patricia Johnson. Paul also leaves 14 grandchildren, Danielle, (Fiancée Joshua) Darren, James, Tyler, Colby, Stone, Slade, Siena, Silvana, Skyler, Machell (Husband Tony), Richard, Mikey and Hope; seven great-grandchildren Nichole, Rebecca, Victoria, Nathaniel, Kaleb, Alexis and Hunter; and countless others he nurtured along his life's journey, who knew and loved him simply as "dad." Paul was born January 7, 1931 in North Braddock, Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1948 from Scott High School and met his soul mate, Mary Alice. After marrying in 1949, they quickly moved to California and settled in Santa Ana. Paul enlisted in the Naval Reserves in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1954 after serving in the Philippines. It was during his tour with the Seabees that he found his life's calling - construction. Upon his return to the U.S., he worked as a union carpenter, with stints at Ganahl Architectural Mill and AD Penhall Co. In 1965, he incorporated Paul R. Suder General Contractor Inc. in Orange, California, a company he successfully led until his retirement in 1997. During his more than 30-year career, he left his mark on Orange County by building notable projects such as Reuben E Lee floating riverboat and Bahia Corinthian Yacht club in Newport Beach; Carl's Jr Corporate Complex and Ganahl Lumber in Anaheim; and some 350 restaurants across the western United States. But just as important to Paul, his business allowed him an opportunity to spend time with his family and instill a passion for construction in his two sons, who followed in his footsteps into successful construction careers. When he wasn't working or enjoying time with family and friends, Paul loved to travel, visiting locations including Europe, Canada and the Panama Canal. He particularly liked cruises, which he planned at every opportunity. Paul was also an avid hunter and hunted extensively throughout the America's, from California to Colorado, British Columbia, The Yukon Territory, Alaska, South Dakota and to Argentina. In 1961, he and Mary Alice built their dream house in Orange Park Acres, where they lived happily for 36 years until they moved to the "Sudami," their ranch in Hemet, California. It's often said that tears replace the joy and pain that words cannot sufficiently express. So if we cry for our Dad Paul, know our tears pay tribute to a generous spirit too great to confine to a page and honor a legacy of respect, hard work and humility that will endure throughout eternity. Dad, you are the greatest person we have ever known and you will be deeply missed by us all. Susan Dave Mike A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at St. John's Lutheran at Walker Hall, 184 S. Shaffer St., Orange, CA 92866. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations on behalf of Paul Robert Suder be made to the Riverside Special Olympics, 19203 Dandelion Ct., Riverside, California 92508.

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Published in Press-Enterprise on Apr. 28, 2013
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