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Paul Victor McCutcheon

CHILLICOTHE, OH: Paul Victor McCutcheon, 94, passed from his earthly life on January 24, 2012, at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-six years, Ruth Virginia Thomas McCutcheon, whom he married on October 26, 1940 in Chillicothe, OHIO as well as his daughter, Jeanette Elaine, both of whom he adored. They were the stars in his sky.

Paul was born September 11, 1917, in Chillicothe, OHIO (Ross County) and was the second to the youngest of thirteen children born to William James and Carrie Mae Flynn McCutcheon, all are deceased.

As a very young man, Paul worked with the Civilian Conservation Corp throughout Ohio, West Virginia and several western states.
He then served in the US Army infantry and anti-tank units in Europe during WWII under the command of General George Patton. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart. After his military discharge in 1945, he was employed by the Mead Corp., the B & O Railroad, Wagner Dry Cleaners and retired from the Chillicothe VA Medical Center in 1983, following 20 years of employment as Utilities System Operator.

Paul and Ruth were members of a small local group who realized the need for the care of mentally disadvantaged persons in Ross County. Through their dedication, hard work and fund raising, they were responsible for the initiation, organization and establishment of the Ross Coonty Board of MRDD. The group was ultimately credited with the construction of the Frontier Home for Ladies, presently located on Pleasant Valley Road in Chillicothe.

Paul was a loving, attentive, devoted and caring father to Janette and husband to Ruth. They were fortunate to have traveled extensively throughout the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. Paul was an avid gardener, giving special care and attention to his vegetable garden and to Ruth's flowers until his health prevented him from doing so.

Paul was a member of the Chillicothe Chapter 315 National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, and a lifetime member of the AMVETS, Post 4, Chillicothe.

Surviving are his special nieces, Joyce Peters, Chillicothe, nieces, Marilyn (Louis) Meyer, of Texas, Etta Francis Thomas, Chillicothe, Ann Clark, of Arizona, Frances O'Hara, of Florida; nephews, Bruce (Cindy) Dyer, and Keith Dyer, all of Chillicothe; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by sisters-in-law, Gladys (Roscoe) Wagner, Opal (Robert) Cunningham, and Clarabel (Walter) Dyer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Military graveside services, conducted by the AMVETS, Post 2256, Circleville Honor Guard, will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 28, in Greenlawn Cemetery under the direction of Haller Funeral Home.
At Paul's request, calling hours will not be observed.


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