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Paul Yotpolis

February 4, 2016
Westfield Republican

Paul J. Yotpolis, 83, of Mina-French Creek Road, Clymer, N.Y., died on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016.

He was born on Dec. 1, 1932, in Corry, Pa., a son of the late Guardentas "Jim" and Agnes Yotpolis.

Paul grew up on County Line Road and attended school in Spartansburg. He worked on the family farm until he was 18, and then at Aero Supply Co. until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953, during the Korean War. Paul served in Germany as a Corporal with the 32nd Field Artillery. Following his honorable discharge in 1955, he returned to his job at Aero Supply. In February of 1956, Paul started as a crane operator at Ajax Iron Works. He worked there as an electrician until the closing of Cooper Industries. Also, he and his wife operated a dairy farm for many years, first on Oil Creek Road from 1955 until 1958, when they pur-chased another farm, their current residence on Mina-French Creek Road.

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Paul was a member of VFW Post 264 and American Legion Post 365, both in Corry, and the Nature Conservancy in Jamestown, N.Y. He was a catcher for the Tri-County Baseball Team in 1949 and 1950 and played basketball while serving in the Army. Paul had attended numerous State and County fairs. He had won many blue ribbons at the Chautauqua County Fair for maple syrup he had made. He also liked growing strawberries and caring for his fruit trees. Paul loved his pet collies, polka dancing and most especially loved spending time with his family, and teaching his grandchildren about nature.

In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by two sisters, Nellie Carducci and Della Raupauch; and four brothers, John, Edward, George and Bill Carutis.

Paul is survived by his wife, Rosemarie Davis Yotpolis, whom he married on Oct. 1, 1955, in Corry, Pa.; two daughters, Joni Yotpolis of Clymer, N.Y., and Brenda Donelson and her husband Fred of Gahanna, Ohio; and a good friend Ted Glatz of Clymer, N.Y.

He is also survived by five grandchildren, Ashley Veldhuyzen and her hus-band Matthijs, Lindsey Donelson, Chelsea Donelson, Nicholas Yotpolis and Danielle Yotpolis; one great-grandchild, Tristen Veldhuyzen; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends were invited to call at the Bracken Funeral Home, 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa., on Jan. 30 from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service there at 2 p.m. The Rev. Brian Eiss officiated.

Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Corry, Pa.

Memorials may be made to the VA Medical Center, 135 E. 38th St., Erie, PA. 16504.

To sign the guest book or send condolences, please visit www.brackenfh.com.

 
 
 

 

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