Paul Atwater, 102, LaGrange, formerly of Howe, died Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Miller’s Merry Manor of LaGrange.
He was born July 29, 1910, in Howe, to Arthur S. and Sara K. (Shirley) Atwater.
He attended Lima High School and then went to Business College in Ft. Wayne from 1930-1931. He followed his father in the oil business, having been a distributor and agent for Cities Service Products for 45 years. He retired in 1972. He was a lifelong member of St. James Episcopal Church in Howe, serving several years on the Vestry. He was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason on June 2, 1936 in Howe Lodge #698 (now Meridian Sun #76 in LaGrange) and served as Worshipful Master for two terms. He and Harriet were inducted into the Herrick Fellows and Society of 1884 of Howe Military School with ceremony in All Saints Chapel. He was a 50-year charter member of the Howe Lions Club and served 15 years on the board of directors of the State Bank of Lima and was one of the two members involved in the organization of the Howe Volunteer Fire Department in 1938. He served on the LaGrange County Alcoholic Beverage Board for 28 years.
He was married February 9, 1941 in St. James Chapel in Howe by Father Robert Murphy to Betty J. Horner. She preceded him in death on September 29, 1961. He was married January 4, 1964 in St. James Chapel in Howe by Father Robert Murphy to Harriet Cobbs of Wolcottville. She survives in LaGrange.
Also surviving are one daughter, Judith K. Newcomer, Twin Lakes in Howe; one son, Greg A. Atwater, Vermilon, Ohio; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one niece, Betty Chesternut, Westfield Center, Ohio.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Mildred Schultess, and one brother, Shirley Atwater.
Visitation is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday October 18, at Carney-Frost Funeral Home in LaGrange. The Howe Lions Club will perform a service at 1:30 p.m. during visitation. A Masonic Service will be held by Masonic Lodge #76 at 1:45 p.m. during visitation.
Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Thursday, October 18, at St. James Episcopal Church in Howe with Reverend Mike Fulk and Colonel George Douglas officiating.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Howe.
Memorials may be directed to The Howe School.
Online condolences may be sent at www.carneyfrostfuneral home.com.
Carney-Frost Funeral Home LaGrange is in charge of arrangements.