thompsonPaul G. Thompson, 79, husband of Doris (Saums) Thompson, lost his courageous 4-month battle with cancer on April 24, 2014. Born in Wadsworth, Ohio, in 1934, Paul’s love of travel and job opportunities inspired his moves to multiple locations (Columbus, Zanesville, Maumee, Upper Sandusky, Findlay, and Phoenix, AZ) and during all that time he never met a stranger. After losing his wife (Maxine) of 43 years, Paul rejoiced in his good fortune to meet, love and be loved by Doris Saums, who thrilled him by becoming his wife on July 1, 2013.
He is survived by his loving wife Doris, and children: Randy (Brenda) Reeder, Sandra Thompson (Todd Neininger), Colleen (Chris) Bibler, David (Judy) Saums, Cathy Davis, Jim (Lisa) Saums, in addition to 15 adored grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, his dear sister, Mae Ellen Martin; and many nieces, nephews and special friends, Tricia and Brian Biernacki.
As a young man Paul was especially proud of the fact that he had the opportunity to serve his country through military service in the Army, and when he retired from Ohio Bell Telephone Company, he continued his service to his country as a member of the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona Honor Guard. Paul was known for his work ethic and skills. After his retirement from Ohio Bell, Paul could not sit idle and drove school buses for Findlay City Schools, Phoenix City Schools, and was also a transport driver for the Hancock County Veterans Service office.
All who met Paul came quickly to realize that it was important to him to make the world a better place, often by assisting one person at a time. He also thought it was important to volunteer and did so by sharing his skills and talents for many service organizations, including Northwest Christian Youth Camp, the Ohio Bell Pioneers Volunteer Network, Alzheimer’s Association and working as a volunteer for Hospice. While Paul loved life, movies and all who met him knew he loved to tell a story, he was also known for his strong devotion and faith. A member for many years of the Church of Christ, Paul also attended Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Benton Ridge.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to Dr. Dawley and the wonderful staff of Bridge Home Health & Hospice. It was Paul’s wish to donate his body to science.
Visitation will be held at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay on Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Services to honor Paul will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 28, 2014, at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Benton Ridge, where visitation will be one hour prior to the service from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Chaplain Mike Thompson will officiate. Full military rites will be conducted by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad at the conclusion of the service. Memorials may be made to Bridge Home Health and Hospice, 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay, OH or Cancer Patient Services, 1800 N Blanchard St, Findlay, OH 45840. Online condolences may be made via