Paul A. Okuly

Paul A. Okuly, 95, of Huntington, IN, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at 2:46 a.m. at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Okuly graduated from Huntington Catholic High School in 1942 and served four years as a radioman in the United States Navy in the South Pacific with the Marines during World War II. When he returned to Huntington, he worked in the office of Harry’s Tire Shop. In 1950 he began his work for Kraft Foods. He then worked at Nappanee Milling Company where he won a Ford Mustang for achieving salesman of the year. In 1963, he started his work in post building and design and sales at Borkholder Buildings in Huntington for 10 years, becoming the Huntington Branch Manager.

In 1978, Mr. Okuly and his wife launched the Huntington High School youth group for the church. He also served on the church finance and maintenance board and for many years, he served during the funeral masses. He was an eucharist minister and visited both Heritage Pointe of Warren and Huntington. He and his wife were leaders in the Christian Family Group, then Rev.  Roseler appointed him leader of the Conference of Christian Doctrine. He was fourth degree in the Knights of Columbus. He retired from Farm Bureau Lumber Company in 1988 after 17 years of service there.

He served on the Huntington County Planning Commission for 20 years and also the Huntington City Plan Board. From 1993 to 1995 he was president of the Huntington County Council on Aging. He was a sponsor for a home with Habitat for Humanity and he volunteered at Love INC, where he was awarded the Dorothy Scheiber award in 2008. He volunteered at the local hospital delivering meals and spent many hours visiting the sick and those shut-in.

He was born July 3, 1924, in Huntington to William J. and Mary F. Karst Okuly. He married Patricia A. Hirneise on Oct. 15, 1949, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, and she survives.

Additional survivors include three sons, William J. Okuly, of Woodbridge, VA; Michael E. (Cheryl Schoeff) Okuly, of Andrews; and Daniel K. (Jody Taylor) Okuly, of Allen County; a daughter, Mary K. (Michael) Holt, of Lynchburg, TN; a brother, James E. Okuly, of Saginaw, MI; a sister, Arnetta Hunnicutt, of Huntington; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Calling is Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 W. Park Drive, Huntington, with a Rosary service immediately following at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at 11 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Huntington, with Rev. Tony Steinacker officiating. There will be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the service. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Huntington.
Memorials are to Love INC Food Pantry or SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in care of Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 W. Park Drive, Huntington, IN 46750.

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