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Paul Emil Ferguson


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Paul Emil Ferguson Obituary
Paul Emil Ferguson

Reno - Paul Emil Ferguson was born to Beverly and Ernest Ferguson on February 16, 1948 and raised in Fallon, Nevada. He was a proud 5th generation Nevadan. He loved exploring Nevada, especially deer hunting, fishing, and camping. One of his favorite activities was riding the Vespa scooter his father built him around the town when he was only 10. He'd often drive with his with shotgun to the Greenhead Hunting Club, where he would get his limit of ducks, and bring them home for dinner. Also, at 10 years old, he met the love of his life, Marilyn Wolf.

Upon completing high school in Fallon, NV, he proudly served in the Vietnam War from November 1966 - Nov 1967 in the 577th Engineer Core- Light Equipment where he made many life-long friends.

Upon returning from the war, his first daughter Kimberly, was born, and he began studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Never one to waste time, he married Marilyn in June of 1970, his second daughter, Bridgit, was born in June of 1971, followed by the birth of his third daughter, Mary Troy, in May of 1972. The next month he graduated from the University of Nevada Reno with a degree in Business, Accounting. His favorite son, Jeffrey, was born in May of 1974.

He began his career as a manager of Grade Equipment, enjoyed raising his children (was an exceptionally proud father) and built an army Jeep with his best friend and brother-in-law, Roger. As a father of 4 he decided to pursue law school in 1984, and was President of the first graduating class of Old College Law School. He worked as a public defender for the City of Sparks, pro tem judge for the Sparks Municipal Court in addition to maintaining a private practice. He was known for his keen analytical mind and bringing order out of chaos. He retired after having a stroke in 2002.

During his full life, he was a continuous support to his children and active in the lives of his children and grandchildren who he entertained with endless stories. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, 4-wheeling, camping, eating good food with his wife, and many phone conversations with his family and friends.

Paul passed peacefully at Renown surrounded by his wife, children, and brothers on September 11, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Kimberly Cain, brother-in-law, Roger Pagni, and parents. He is survived by his wife of 48-years (Marilyn) three children, Bridgit (Mike) Parise, Mary Troy (Steve) Ferguson-Althoff, and Jeffrey Ferguson. He has 14 grandchildren (Jane, Raleigh, Nicole, Jacob, Taylor, Zane, Ian, Quinn, Candice, Sydney, Audrey, Jackson, John and Adam), 2 great-grandchildren (Kelvin and Tesla). He is also survived by his Aunt Emma, cousins (Karen and Cathy), and brothers (Marvin, Ray and Dale), and three life-long friends (Ken Jolly, Alex Hansen, and Lee Guyette).

Family and friends are invited to Paul's funeral on Saturday, September 15th at 11:00 AM at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2900 N. McCarran Blvd., Sparks, NV. Reception immediately following at the church hall. Graveside service will take place in Fallon, NV, at the Churchill County Cemetery, at 2:30.

Arrangements courtesy of Walton's Funerals and Cremations-Sparks.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Sept. 14, 2018
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