Jerry S. Paul, 63, of Port Lavaca, passed away at 5:24 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 at DeTar Hospital in Victoria. He was born Dec. 13, 1955 to John and the late Marlene Paul.
Jerry graduated from Calhoun High School and attended and graduated from several trade schools. He joined the U.S. Army to take advantage of the education programs offered after his discharge. Jerry, along with a few other soldiers, was injured during a prepared Army exercise. He received a broken foot, a hip and back injury. Unable to continue his service he was honorable discharged and decided to go back to school. It was there he met Joan Ann Daniels of Nederland. After a normal courtship they decided to get married. They were married April 21, 1981, in Vidor.
Jerry had several jobs, including foreman of a landscaping company in Beaumont. He eventually discovered he was physically unable to do the work expected of him and he decided to return to Port Lavaca. He went back to light landscaping for a while.
He found out from the commander of the Port Lavaca DVA chapter he was eligible for assistance. He joined the chapter and eventually became a commander. After examination by the VA in San Antonio, he was found to be 40% disabled. This extended to 70% and finally 100%. He tried various employment opportunities but discovered he could not perform properly due to injuries.
Jerry and Joan were a perfect match and enjoyed each other’s company. They loved going to the wildlife refuge and taking pictures. They did some light traveling to similar areas.
He is survived by his father; brother, James (Flo), of Oyster Creek; and uncle, Robert Paul (Sandy), of Port Lavaca; Aunt, Marian (Bill), of Ohio; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan, mother, and brother, Jeff.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Six Mile Assembly of God Church, located at 6440 FM 1090 in Port Lavaca with Rev. John Kisiah officiating. There will be a luncheon served after the service at noon.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity.
Cremation Services entrusted to Victoria Mortuary & Cremation Service, Inc.