Paul Joseph Stiverson, 85, a Lancaster native, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Fairfield Medical Center on October 28, 2021.
Paul is survived by 5 of his 6 children; Galen (Laurie) Stiverson, Paula (Greg) Hammac, Barry (Heather) Stiverson, Kevin (Candice) Stiverson, Keith Stiverson, daughter-in-law Connie Smith and grandchildren; Sarah, Emilie, Claire, Christian, Camille, Andrea, Andrew, Emma, Rylie, Evan, Jonah, Kelsey, Jake, Austin and Chase, as well as 16 great grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by, and will be forever rejoined with, his loving wife and partner of over 40 years, Linda Stiverson and their son Donnie Smith.
Paul, or “P.J.”, as he was affectionately known by most of his friends, was an avid fisherman for most of his life and loved spending as much time as possible at Buckeye Lake, along with several trips to Lake Eufaula in Alabama, fishing for anything that swims, being awarded the title of “Mr. Catfish” on more than one occasion.
A lifelong Cleveland Browns, Ohio State Buckeyes and Lancaster Gales football fan, P.J. would spend many of his Autumn weekends cheering them on, while spiritedly offering colorful suggestions as to how they might improve their play.
P.J. was an Army veteran, retired electrician from Anchor Hocking, fisherman, hunter, sports fan, and many other things, but what he loved most and was most proud of, was being a Dad and Grandpa. He was always there to support his family in any way needed and loved spending time with them every chance he could. He even took up golf later in life just to be able to play with his kids. He quickly caught the bug and spent much of his later years on a golf course.
P.J. was tough, generous, funny, outgoing and a gifted storyteller. He loved long car rides through the countryside, regaling his traveling companions with stories of years gone by, including adventures related to each passing landmark and a long life, well lived. He was quick to lend a hand or dollar to anyone in need. He could be stubborn at times, but almost always about the right things. And with his ease of conversation, subtle charm, and engaging personality, he could make a stranger feel like a lifelong friend in an instant.
He positively impacted so many lives with his incredible work ethic and commitment to his word, and his family will be forever grateful for his wisdom, humor, kindness, love, and the example he set for generations to come.
We Love You Dad, Grandpa, P.J. … now and forever.
Private ceremony to be held by immediate family.
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