Passed peacefully on September 27, 2016. Born in Duquesne, PA on May 23, 1924, Paul was a resident of Robinson Township for over 65 years. Survived by his wife of 71 years, Mildred (Gresko) Stinner; father of Dr. Theresa (Daniel) Carroll, Patricia (Jeffrey) Deardorff, Dr. Deborah (Dr. Leonard) Ferrington, Cynthia Slayback, Nebraska State Senator John (Rita), Dr. Charles (Lainie) Stinner and the late Paul A. Stinner, Jr.; also 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. As a Technical Sergeant in World War II and a member of the 550th Airborne Infantry Battalion, Paul fought in numerous battles including the Battle of the Bulge, the Invasion of Southern France, the Naples-Foggia Campaign, and the Rome-Arno Campaign. He earned two Purple Hearts, four Bronze Stars, and many other combat and service medals. In 2009, Paul was awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honor from the government of France for his service in liberating their country. After the war, he remained active with veteran groups through the local post of the American Legion. Paul was very active in the local community where he volunteered in various capacities. Among his many accomplishments, he founded Boy Scout Troop 301 and was also Scout Master for many years. He remained active with the scouts throughout his life, later acting as a mentor to young scouts and leaders. He served for over 30 years on the Robinson Township Board of Parks and Recreation, where he served as chairman, and was instrumental in the construction of many of the township's parks, including the area's first public swimming pool. He was a former member of the School Board for Montour School District, and was an active member of the Robinson Lions Club. He was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Paul will be dearly missed by his family and the community. Friends received Sunday 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. at the JOSEPH M. SOMMA FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5405 Steubenville Pike, Moon Run, Robinson Twp. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Monday at 11 a.m. Interment to follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boy Scout Troop 301 or Holy Trinity Catholic Church both at 5718 Steubenville Pike, McKees Rocks, PA 15136.
Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Sep. 30 to Oct. 1, 2016.