Jan. 5, 1924 – Dec. 17, 2014
Paul E. Linnell Sr., 90, of Albany passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at the Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House, Albany.
Paul was born in Almena, Kansas, to George and Ladoska (Hines) Linnell. They moved to Salem, Oregon, in 1934.
Paul left school and joined the Army in 1943 with the 75th Infantry Division. Paul was taken POW/MIA at Malempre, Belgium, during the Battle of Bulge on Dec. 25, 1944, and liberated March 28, 1945. Paul was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Medal of Honor.
Paul worked at a plywood mill for many years, later joining Wah Chang, from which he retired in 1982.
Paul married Mary Ellen Christmas in July, 1945, and together they had two children, Dorothy Johnstone and Paul Jr. Mary passed away June 1972.
In 1977, Paul married Ida Hopkins (Dale) and had the pleasure of gaining seven step-children: Frankie Quigley, Shirley Durrett, Lorraine Thompson, Belva Hadley, Glenda Olson, Joe and Michael Hopkins.
Paul was very involved with Boy Scouts and Campfire Girls when his children were younger. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gold panning. Paul and Ida traveled during the early years of their retirement, before settling back down in Lebanon.
Paul is survived by his wife, Ida; six daughters and three sons; two sisters, Ida Mae Epps and Dossie Elliott; 21 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. Paul was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Mary; brother, Daryl; and sisters, LaVon Caldwell and Wanda Satter.
A Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at American Legion Post 51, 480 Main St., Lebanon.