In 1940, Paul married Marjorie Fox in El Reno, Oklahoma “in between Sunday school and church” as he would always say! Together they had two children, Paul and Carol.
He graduated from Rice University before going to the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas. He did his residency in St. Louis, Missouri where he specialized in eyes, ears, nose and throat. When he graduated in 1942, he began practicing in Binger, Oklahoma where he held a practice for ten years before moving to Lake Worth, Florida. There he practiced medicine until 1988 but continued to give treatments to family and friends until just weeks before his death. It was through these treatments that he would spread the word of God.
Paul and Marjorie enjoyed traveling and snorkeling. There aren’t many places in the world that they haven’t been. Their interests went from collecting rocks and gems to collecting fish and shells. They also loved spreading the gospel throughout North America and Mexico. Their love for Christ lead them to help establish the church they attended faithfully for the past twenty-five years, Royal Palm Presbyterian Church. They also held prayer group meetings in their home which planted seeds that grew to hundreds of people throughout the country.
Paul had a very positive attitude on life, always thankful and happy. He was loving and genuine to everyone and concerned about their spiritual and physical wellbeing. Paul loved to help people and he put their needs above his own. He read the bible every day and read from cover to cover once a year. Paul also loved spiritual music. He would always sing “Jesus Loves Me,” clapping his hands together and saying “Isn’t it wonderful!”
He was also an avid card player. He played Spite and Malice nearly every day with anyone who would play with him. He used to play with his wife, Marge, recalling “It was our way to get back at each other without having to yell.”
He also loved children. Paul would get down on the floor and play with them for hours. He insisted on having their toys in his room so he could play with the children. And all of the children loved to run straight into Uncle Paul’s room as soon as they came over.
He remains an inspiration to us all. His greatest gift is in teaching us all how to live faithfully through Christ. His favorite verse: I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me (Philippians 4:13).
He is survived by five nephews including Larry, Robert, Bill, Mark, and Timothy Bauer and their families along with many wonderful friends.