Paul W. Usoff Sr., 84, of Oak Grove Circle, Franklin, passed away at 9:50 a.m. on Saturday, July 13th, 2013, at his residence following an illness. Born in Franklin, on July 13, 1929, Paul was the son of the late George and Maude Hudkovia Usoff.
He was a graduate of Franklin High School, and a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church. Paul also was a member of the Knight's of Columbus and the Elk's Club. He started working for Robert Miller in 1946 when his business was in his garage. In 1947, Paul went to work for Joy Manufacturing Company. At that time, he was a Steno and was also responsible for Reliance Electric Motor Drawings. Paul advanced in the business and became a Senior Draftsman and then went on to become an Electrical Design Engineer. He retired from Joy Manufacturing in 1990.
Paul married Donna Graham in 1949 in Jamestown, PA. They had three children: Debbie, Paul, Jr., and Patty. Donna preceded Paul in death in 1990. They had been married for 41 years. Paul then was married Mary L. Paden on October 15, 1993 in St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Franklin by Msgr. Snyder.
Paul belonged to a fishing group which was started by his best friend, Lee Reagle, in 1975. This group called each other "Honey" and continued going to Canada fishing at Lee's cabin near Kippawa, Canada until 1997. He also enjoyed hunting.
Paul is survived by his wife, Mary; his children, Debbie Green and her husband, Dale of Little River, SC; Paul Usoff, Jr., and his wife, Barbara of Franklin; and Patty Green and her husband, Richard of Houston, TX; one brother, Robert Usoff and his wife, Edna, of Franklin; and one sister, Shirley Murnyack, of Painsville, Ohio. He is additionally survived by his 5 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild; his sisters-in-law, Carol S. Paden of San Diego, CA and Beryl Usoff of Middletown, PA; and his brother-in-law, Glen R. Paden, Sr. and his wife, Dorothy of Winsted, Conn. Paul is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and his special friend, Mark Chatley.
In addition to his parents, and first wife, Paul was preceded in death by his 10 brothers and sisters; and his best friend, Lee W. Reagle.
Paul would like to leave his favorite toast to those who knew him well: "Here's to those who wish us well and all the rest can go to hell!"
Family and friends of Paul will be received at the Gardinier Funeral Home, Inc., 1315 Chestnut Street, Franklin on Tuesday, July 16 from 3 to 7 p.m. A Christian Wake Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 16 at 4:00 p.m. with Deacon Richard Reed officiating. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 17, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, with Msgr. John Herbien as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Graham Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Patrick's Church School - 949 Liberty Street, Franklin PA 16323.
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