HALIFAX, PA - William (Bill) C. Paulman, 86, of Halifax, PA was lifted into God's everlasting kingdom on Sept. 23, 2017 with his wife by his side.
Bill was born July 20, 1931 in Wellsville, NY to Edward W. Paulman and Louise E. Coombes Paulman Rosen. He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepfather Louis Rosen, his stepmother Beatrice Paulman, several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Bill is survived by his wife Karen Mehlenbacher Paulman, step-son Jason L. Hallock (Angel) of Derby, KS, grandchildren Jonathan, Savannah and Harrison. He also leaves behind his very dear and devoted friends Charles Cain of Halifax, Daniel Warfel of Lewistown. Scott Thompson of Dauphin and Dale Klinger of Gratz, his mother-in-law Shirley Coobes of West Almond, NY; his brother-in-laws Bill Coombes (Stephanie) of Belmont, NY, Bob Ward (Theresa) of Ft. Lewis, WA; sisters-in-law Terry Allen (Tim) of Belfast, NY, Bonnie Nelson (Joe) of West Almond, NY and Donna Coombes of Angelica, NY; and several nieces, nephews and cousins Capt. Robert McCullough of Idylewild, CA, Jeanne Veno of Olean, NY, Jill Weaver (Dave) of Arkport, NY and Bill Coombes of Belmont, NY.
Bill graduated from Northside High School in Corning, NY class of 1948 and thoroughly enjoyed his class reunions. After graduation, Bill worked at his mother's supper club "The Turf Club" in Corning, NY until joining the US Navy in November 1948. Bill proudly served four years in the U.S. Navy, two of which he was stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Bill often said those years were two of the best years of his life. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, Bill attended Paul Smith's College majoring in Hotel Management.
Bill began working at Montgomery Wards as a sales manager for several years in Ithaca, NY, then Berwick, PA. In September of 1960 Bill began his career with Metropolitan Insurance Company beginning in the sales while attaining his CLU, then several management positions. Bill loved people, enjoyed visiting with prospective clients whether he made a sale or not. He was a member of Met's "Vet's Club" an honor given to employees with 20 years of service. After retiring from Metropolitan, Bill worked part time for Prudential Insurance, Lutheran Brotherhood, and the Cain Patch in Dauphin, PA.
Bill's true love were his dogs and bird hunting with his faithful companions Britta, Lady, Gretchen, Molly, Belle and Gunner. He missed being outdoors and in the woods with one of his dogs in later years when his health began to decline. He enjoyed sharing his stories of hunting with his dogs. In 2008 Bill was blessed to fulfill number one on his bucket list. He and his wife traveled to Ellisras, South Africa for an eleven day successful hunting safari. He treasured those memories dearly. Bill lived life to its' fullest and always with a loving heart to everyone he met. Please honor his memory by living yours the same, remembering these words from 1 Corinthians 16:14 "Let all that you do, be done in love. “Bill” was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Berrysburg and the NRA.
Friends are invited to call on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 10:00 am to 12 noon at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc, 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont, NY. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to Hospice for all Seasons for the wonderful, compassionate care given to Bill by their staff in his final days. Also a deep, heartfelt thank you to the staff at Anchor Enterprises, "In a Heartbeat 110" and C +OPD for their love, guidance and support. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice for all Seasons, 280 S. Hill Drive Grantville, PA 17028 or to St. John's Lutheran Church, PO Box 270, Berrysburg, PA 17005.
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