Dad entered into the arms of Jesus and God's glory on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Paul Paulakis, 86, passed away peacefully at Cottage at the Meadow Hospice Home, after recently suffering a massive stroke.
He was born Feb. 1, 1927 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Nicholas and Marie Paulakis. Paul was a torpedo man on the U.S.S. Murray and served in WWII in the Pacific Theater in Halsey's Third Fleet. When he returned from the war, he was a machinist and worked at Torsion Balance and Coats and Clark.
On March 17, 1956 he married Etta Gleason, and this coming Sunday they would have celebrated their 57th anniversary. Together they created a family of three boys and lived in Bloomfield, N.J. until 1974, when the family moved to Selah. He continued his occupation and joined Irwin Research and Development until the time of his retirement. In 2006 at age 79 he received his high school diploma from Sunnyside High School through "Operation Recognition."
Dad was known for his love for God, family and country. He spent countless hours telling others about the love of Jesus and the victory that was won on the cross. He was also known for handing out gospel tracts and cross necklaces. His life was a testimony to the verse Acts 20:24 - "But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, in the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus, to testify of the gospel of the grace of God." He will be missed by his family and church family who were so dear to his heart.
Paul is survived by his loving wife, Etta; sons, Nick (Jeri) of Sunnyside, Will of Yakima, and Tom of Lynnwood; grandchildren, Hannah, Rebekah, Megan (Eric) Vistal, Nicholas (Adrian), Andrew, Johnathan, Christian, Bobbie and Marty; daughters-in-law, Diane Paulakis and Nettie Paulakis; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters Florence Clark and Katherine Feltham.
Private family burial will be held Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Terrace Heights Memorial Park in Yakima.
Everyone is welcomed to join the family for a celebration of life memorial services following burial at 11:30 a.m. at Calvary Chapel, 40th & Nob Hill Blvd in Yakima.
Thank you, Lord for your grace and faithfulness.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Gospel for Asia at gfa.org
Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.