2009-11-21 / Obituaries

Paul L. Wooster

Paul L. Wooster, 74, passed away into eternal life after a courageous battle with cancer, holding the hand of his high school sweetheart and wife of 56 years, Marilyn, on the beautiful fall morning of October 19, 2009. He was born January 25, 1935, to Kenneth and Evelyn Wooster of Baltimore.

Paul was a 1953 graduate of Liberty Union High School where he excelled in football. Upon graduation, he continued his support of athletics by joining the Liberty Union Athletic Boosters. Paul built the original LU football goal posts and later enlarged the uprights to meet OHSAA standards. He was a member of the football chain gang for over 30 years. In 2007, Paul was inducted into the Liberty Union Athletic Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a tailback.

He was a member of St. Michael’s United Church of Christ, former member of the Baltimore Civic Club and Fairfield Fish and Game Club, past director of the First National Bank of Baltimore, and life member of the Baltimore VFW Post 3761. In 1982, Paul used his Holmes wrecker to move a Lockheed PV2 Neptune “sub chaser” from Rickenbacker Air Force Base to Baltimore VFW Post 3761 as a memorial to all veterans. Paul was also a member of Baltimore Lodge #475 F and AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus Aladdin Temple Shrine, and past member of the Grotto of Newark.

At age 18, Paul joined the Baltimore Volunteer Fire Department. He was a founding member of the Basil Joint Fire District committee which combined the village and township fire departments. He maintained the fire and emergency department equipment for the Village of Baltimore for many years as owner of Wooster Auto Service. He also owned Wooster Service Enterprises which maintained aircraft refueling equipment nationally and internationally. As a business owner, he sponsored Little League baseball and several softball teams.

As a devoted public servant, Paul was a village council member for many years, past council president, as well as the mayor of Baltimore in 1974. This past July, he received a proclamation from current Mayor Bob Kalish for his many years of public service to the Village of Baltimore.

In the early 70’s, he was a youth football coach and sponsor for the Cowboys football travel team. His love of football continued throughout his adult life and he LOVED watching his grandsons on the gridiron. He enjoyed family euchre games, fishing, had a passion for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, NASCAR, and Johnny Cash music. Paul loved his family dearly.

Paul is survived by his wife, Marilyn June (Landis); daughters, Debbie (Steve) Miller, Dee Ann (Tim) Leitnaker, Merrie Linn Fisher and Iris Wooster Taylor; son, Paul L. Wooster II; 21 grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren; sister, Dian King; brother-in-law, Dave (Rosie) Landis; mother-in-law, Delphia Landis; close friend, Bob (Rose) White; numerous special friends; and four nephews and a niece.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Wooster; father-in-law, James Landis; and three infant grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held on November 28, 2009, 10:00 a.m., at St. Michael’s United Church of Christ in Baltimore, OH.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Union Football Program or the Basil Joint Fire District. Caring Cremation ™ has taken place Arrangements have been made through the Johnson-Smith Funeral Home.

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