Paul Louis Kussman, 66, passed peacefully into God’s arms on Friday, March 1, 2013, after a short, courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Nov. 7, 1946, in Chicago, the son of Louis H. and Katherine (Seidl) Kussman. He grew up in Melrose Park, Ill., until joining the Navy in 1965.
Paul served two tours of duty with the SeaBees in Vietnam, followed by duty on the U.S.S. William R. Rush destroyer in the Mediterranean and North Atlantic oceans. He belonged to American Legion Post No. 377 of Post Lake, Wis.
On Jan. 15, 1972, he married the love of his life, Barbara L. Walesh, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Two Rivers, Wis. They then made their home in Illinois, where Paul worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Company as a cable splicer technician until his retirement. The family then moved to Wisconsin in 1994.
He was most proud of creating a large loving family. He loved the outdoors, riding his motorcycle, and sitting at the beach with his wife, enjoying the peace and ever-changing moods of Lake Michigan. Most of all, he loved spending many happy hours with his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife Barbara of 41 years, he is survived by his six favorite children: Louis Kussman and his fiancee, Jenny Homesley, of St. Charles, Ill., Martha Randall of Sycamore, Ill., Theresa (Jeff) George of Aurora, Virginia “Ginger” (Scott) Bohman of Francis Creek, Wis., Elizabeth (Curt) Arkens of Mishicot, Wis., Dianna (Dave) Biely of Two Rivers; 13 grandchildren, Kylee and Travis Randall, Gretchen and Julianna George, Taylor, Sydney and Grasyn Bohman, Wyatt, Carson and Porter Arkens, Cole and Beau Biely, and Bella Homesley.
He is also survived by his sister, Mary Lou Ball of Elk Grove Village, Ill.; numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews; and best friend, Frank Croschere of Surprise, Ariz.
He now joins his parents; two brothers, Lenny and Bobby Kussman; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Russel and Salome (Sally) Walesh; and sister-in-law, Kris Walesh, all of whom preceded him in death.
His funeral Mass was held at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Two Rivers, where full military rites were accorded by V.F.W. and American Legion Posts of Two Rivers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be used to support the missionary efforts in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family by visiting www.kleinandstangel.com.
The Klein & Stangel Funeral Home and All-Care Cremation Center of Two Rivers is assisting the Kussman family with further arrangements.