Paul L. Getz

June 10, 1937 ‒ July 22, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  For Paul Getz, building was more than wood and concrete. It was his love for space and materials, and beauty and how the home would function and serve each family as a haven – erected on a solid foundation – a foundation as solid as his: built on the cornerstone of Jesus Christ.

Remembered as a man wholly dedicated to his family and his church family, Paul passed into the Lord’s care Wednesday evening July 22, 2020 from Avita Hospital Ontario from complications of COVID-19. He was 83.

Born June 10, 1937 in Mansfield to Edward and Josephine (Rosenbaum) Getz, he was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1955. A lifelong contractor, Paul worked with his father until he and his brother Richard bought the business in 1969. Getz Builders developed the prestigious housing development Royal Oak Estates – Mansfield’s premier residential community – as well as numerous residential and commercial projects. In 1976 he founded Fun Center Pools, the area’s premier retailer for pools and spas. He operated both companies until 2001 before turning the reins over to the next generation.

Paul was a lifelong member, and past president, of the Building Industry Association (BIA) of North Central Ohio.  He served 20 years on the Advisory Board for Mansfield Salvation Army and remained a lifelong board member.

A member of Apostolic Christian Church on Middle Bellville Road, Paul formerly taught Sunday school and served on the Radio Committee.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years Delores (Beer) Getz; their children Lori (David ) Baloy, Paul Jr (Tonya) Getz, Brenda (George) Gutai, and Mike (Juanita) Getz all of Mansfield; grandchildren Matthew Baloy, Nicholas Baloy, Joshua (Sheryl) Getz, Tyler (Katie) Getz, Austin (Reneé

) Getz, Amanda (Jake) Teater, Alison (Lazarus) Palanacki, Whitney Gutai, Chelsea Gutai, Andrew (Amanda) Getz, Shelly Beth (Jason) Reves, Jason (Maya) Getz, and Kimberly Getz; 16 Great Grandchildren; a brother Roland (Shirley) Getz of Peoria, AZ; sisters-in-law Betty Beer and Carolyn Beer both of Mansfield; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother Richard (Elfriede) Getz; a great grandson Oliver Palanacki; and brothers-in-law David Beer and Ronald Beer.

A private graveside service will be officiated by Elder Brother Eric Weingartner in Mansfield Cemetery. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Getz family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Apostolic Christian Church and may be forwarded to the funeral home: P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, OH 44904

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A recording of the graveside service may be seen Saturday afternoon on the Apostolic Christian Church website:

  • Rest in peace brother. You always called me my boy and you were like another father to me. I will miss you dearly. Until we meet again forever with our lord. May God bless and comfort your family.

  • Delores and all of Paul’s family. You have my deepest sympathy. What a fine man and wonderful family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers

  • To the Getz Family, So sorry to hear this. He was one of the good guys. Been a long time since I’ve seen any of you. Friends are never far from the heart. Your faith will lead you through. We’ll all be together again, in a better place. LOVE YOU ALL ! God Bless, MaryAnn Backman

  • Having grown up in church together and worked together I enjoyed the most talking about old times and family. Looking forward to having all eternity for all in christ jesus.

  • We bought one of Paul’s first houses in Royal Oak Estates. It was a great house, and we liked the neighborhood. I was sorry to hear of his passing.

  • Very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. Sympathy to all of the Getz family. May you find peace and comfort in Gods loving care

  • Dear Dee and Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing, but glad to know that he’s gone on to receive his new body that will never grow old. Your video tribute was a beautiful display of your family’s love for him and each other. Just a few funny memories…At one point he had lost a lot of weight and my dad always called him ‘String Bean’. Another memory was the time I backed my car into another car at church and he was there and saw it all. Yikes…he just smiled and laughed about it and of course he never let me live it down. (thankfully there was no damage) These have always stuck in my head whenever I think of Paul! Sending my love to you all and prayers of comfort at this sad time. Love, Melinda (Eyerly) Lanski & Family

  • I will always have fond memories of Paul and his leadership with the Building Industry Association. I know he will be missed. May your memories sustain you during this difficult time.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. He was a wonderful person and good friend of my parents, Marge and CJ Peery. Condolences and prayers to the entire Getz Family.

  • Sorry to hear about Paul, Dee. Remember visiting your home when we were kids. My dad worked for Paul’s dad. May God comfort you with the knowledge that he pain free and rejoicing with the angels.

  • We are praying for comfort and peace. Paul is such a huge part of our lives. A Christian contractor who welcomed us to Mansfield and ran his business with integrity. It was a privilege to serve with Paul on the BIA, but the highest privilege to serve with Paul on the board for the Salvation Army and see God do great work. Our daughter lovingly called him Grampa Getz and Paul was always ready with a big hug! We have lost a great man in our lives and our community. God bless each of you. See you soon, Paul. We will build together again!