Paul C. Messplay II

June 22, 1929 ‒ February 03, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Paul C. Messplay II passed away Monday, February 3, 2020 in his home surrounded by his family. He was 90.

He was born June 22, 1929 in Galesburg, Illinois to parents Paul C. & Mildred (Lindgren) Messplay. After he graduated from Galesburg High School with the class of 1947, he proudly served his country by joining the US Army.

Paul worked for the Mental Health Association, where he served in public relations and in many executive positions for over 40 years. He retired in 1994. After retiring he volunteered for the Indiana Governor’s Commission for a Smoke Free Indiana, focusing on the dangers of second hand smoke.

Paul was a loving husband and father. He was a gentle, sweet man who showed compassion for all. He gave all of his family the gift of music. He loved classical music. His kindness and compassion led him to receive the Sagamore of the Wabash and Kentucky Colonel designations. These honors go to individuals that have done a great service to the community or state of Indiana and Kentucky respectively.

He served as president of Kiwanis in many of the places where he lived. He was a news junkie, always keeping up on current events in the news. He enjoyed listening to classical music and enjoyed attending the symphony in Indianapolis, gardening, and reading, especially historical and political books.

He is survived by his loving wife whom he married on August 1, 1954, Betty (Thompson) Messplay; sons Paul C. (Beverly) Messplay III, Thomas C. (Catherine) Messplay and Gary C. (Arianna) Messplay; daughter Valerie C. (James) Clark; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and extended family.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service honoring Paul’s life will be held Saturday, February 8, 2020 in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home beginning at 11 a.m. Pastor Ben Weisbrod will officiate. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

Contributions in Paul’s memory to the Endowment fund of United Methodist Church of the Cross may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Betty & Family, I thought so much of Paul and I will miss him. Prayers go out to the family at this sad time.

  • My friendship with Paul has extended over the past 35 years. I’ve grown to enjoy his wit,compassion and extensive knowledge of people especially our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren which we share with joy and love.

    Paul,even tho I’ll miss our times together I will always remember you as one of my best friends and cherish the beliefs that we will meet again, continue your journey with my blessing.

  • A good man and a life well lived. May his heavenly journey be as adventurous. May Our Lords Light shine upon Paul’s loved ones as they mourn and grieve their loss. And may their memories of Paul bring upon healing laughter.

  • To the Messplay Family,
    Well, I never had the opportunity to meet Paul, but I have had the honor of working with his son, Tom, for the last 20 years. My assumption is that The two shared many of the same qualities…and knowing Tom as I do, guessing Paul had to be a great guy. So, my heart goes out to the Messplay Family and Friends knowing you lost a wonderful Family member and friend. Cheers to you Paul! I knew you through your son.
    Craig Culver

  • Tom,
    As I read about your father, I thought how proud you must be as his son. Quite a life story. Lisa’s and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Paul was the chose successor at the Mental Health Association in Indiana to my Father, Joseph R. Brown. It was intended, that Joe would be around to mentor him for a spell, but, because of his untimely death, Paul soldiered on alone with the MHAI in very difficult financial times. My Father had chosen him for his organizational skills, devotion to the cause, and winning personality, which I also remember from the annual office parties held at our home. My sympathy to the surviving family, who may or may not remember me.

    • I remember you Alison. Although our family is grieving and so sad now, we are so proud of the wonderful life and many accomplishments Paul had during his lifetime. He loved his years working for MHAI, at the National MHA, Minnesota MHA, Ball State University, and volunteering for the governors commission for s smokefree Indiana.