Paul A. Markle

August 26, 1938 ‒ November 18, 2010

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD ~ Paul Markle never had any political aspirations; he just acted like a politician. Outgoing and engaging, he was quick with a comment to lighten your day ~ and really never met a stranger. Blessed with a very positive attitude, he always made the best ~ out of every situation.

Optimistic, encouraging and funny in that “Johnny Carson kind of way” Paul Markle passed away Thursday afternoon November 18, 2010 in his home. He was 72.

The oldest child of Paul and Catherine (Nelson) Markle, Paul Arthur Markle was born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana.

He was graduated from Wiley High School in Terra Haute in 1956 and earned his Bachelors degree in speech, radio and television from Indiana State University. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and during his college years he worked as a cameraman and production manager with WTHI in Terre Haute.

For many years, he worked in the telecommunications industry, first as a plant-training instructor with General Telephone Company in Indiana. In the 1970s he moved to Mansfield to work with United Telephone, which became Sprint, and he retired in 1993 from the business office where he administered budgets for the state office.

While in Indiana, he was elected president of the Vigo County Association for the Developmentally Handicapped, and with a nod to his upbeat personality, he was honored by the Louis Bromfield Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association as “Boss of the Year” in 1985.

Paul was a member of United Methodist Church of the Cross, Phoenix Lodge #123 F&AM in Perrysburg, as well as Jaycees, Rotary, Civitan and Kiwanis Clubs.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Roberta (Harkness) Markle; his two sons and daughters-in-law Garry and Barbara Markle of Monroe, Michigan and David and Brenda Markle of Mansfield; six grandchildren Mikka, Sarah, Brian, Michael, Alex and Andrew; and his brother and sister-in-law Nelson & Joan Markle of Terra Haute.

The Markle family will receive friends Tuesday, November 23, 2010 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will follow at noon. The Rev. Susan Lausch will officiate . Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Contributions in his memory are encouraged to benefit Hospice of North Central Ohio, and may be made at the funeral home.

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