William L. Pauley,
85, of Valparaiso passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, July 18, 2020.
He was born April
18, 1935, in East Brady, PA to William N. and Frances (Mizner) Pauley,
graduated from Goshen High School in Damascus, OH, received a B.S. in
Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University and served proudly with
the U.S. Army Ordinance Division from 1958 - 60.
Bill made his
career with U.S. Steel for nearly 30 years before transitioning into the
real estate business for 22 years as owner of Pauley Real Estate. Bill
enjoyed participating in races, marathons, and triathlons, having won
numerous events in his age group well into his 70ís and 80ís. He was an
inspiration and mentor to others and was honored to run as a Torchbearer in
the Indiana Bicentennial. He was thrilled to attend the Honor Flight to
Washington, D.C., with son Bruce as his companion in 2019.
Bill was an active
member of Wheeler Methodist Church, Valparaiso Rotary, Valparaiso YMCA, and
was honored by the NWI Society of Innovators in 2014 for his GPS 911 signs
at parks in Porter County. In the 1970ís he helped organize efforts to get
warning gates and flashers at several dangerous crossings in Union Township.
Bill was a
faithful, devoted husband, father and grandfather.
On December 22,
1955, he married Barbara Edwards who survives along with their children,
Brenda (William) Trafny of Hanna, Jennifer Stahl of Valparaiso, Bruce Pauley
of Sitka, Alaska, and Sheryl (Jeffrey) Carullo of Chesterton, brother,
Thomas (Madalyne) Pauley, sister, Susan (James) Blair, grandchildren, Aubrey
Handley, Dennis & David Trafny, George & Sam Stahl, and Vince & Cassie
Carullo and great-grandchildren, Adam, Amber, Blake, Catelyn, Kya, David,
Jillian, Helena, Roman, Levi, and Olivia.
He was preceded in
death by his parents and an infant daughter.
Visitation will be
held Saturday, July 25, from 3 - 5 p.m. at Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso,
with funeral service beginning at 5:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers
memorial donations may be made to Wheeler Methodist Church or the VNA of