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Paul Arnold Early

Born: Fri., Oct. 9, 1953
Died: Sun., Jun. 13, 2021


Memorial Service

Thu., Jun. 17, 2021
Location: Westminister Presbyterian Church


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Paul Arnold Early, 67, of  Clay Township passed away at home on June 13, 2021, surrounded by his family. He succumbed after a 25-year battle with lymphoma.

He was born October 9, 1953, in Hilliards and was the son of Genevieve Early (née Dunkel) and the late Robert Early, Jr.

He was a retiree of Cooper-Bessemer in Grove City.

From a young age, Paul enjoyed working with his hands and being in the outdoors. He loved to plant, to build, and to repair, he was also an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a self-taught mechanic who could “fix anything” or invent new solutions. One could often find him happily operating heavy machinery or tinkering in his garage.

He will be remembered for his great zeal for life; his generosity and constant willingness to help neighbors, friends, and family; and his many ways of making and sharing gifts to express kindness.

In addition to his mother, Paul is survived by Mary Ann Early (née Rudolph), his loving wife of nearly 48 years. He was the father of Ruth (Dave) Weiland, Matthew (Heather) Early, and Melanie (Joshua) Campbell. He was the grandfather of Emma Campbell, Aurora Campbell, Lillandra Weiland, and Zachariah Weiland, for whom he always created special ways of having fun. He also had two step grandchildren, Leighann Johnston and Christopher Johnston.

He is also survived by his siblings George (Ruby) Early, Deborah (Robert) Saper, and James (Diane) Early, as well as many nephews, nieces, and other relatives who loved him dearly.

In addition to his father, Paul was preceded in death by his sister, Wanda Gibson, and his brother, Robert (Carol) Early.

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, June 17, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 420 N. Main St., Butler.

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