Funeral services for Paul Greenhaw Sr., 88, of Brownwood, Texas, will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at the Zephyr Cemetery with Art Switzer officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home.
He passed away Friday, April 9, 2010, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Greenhaw was born on Oct. 18, 1921, in Gainesville, Texas, to Samuel Otis and Maudie Speer Greenhaw. On Aug. 8, 1940, he was married to Lois Jeter in Amarillo, Texas. Paul joined the United States Army on July 3, 1942, in Abilene, Texas, and served with the 21st Engineer Regiment as a construction machine operator. He was assigned to an Aviation Engineering Regiment engaged in airport construction work. He operated road graders and bulldozer; leveling fields and removing obstacles in preliminary airport work. He also operated Caterpillar tractors and pan scrapers. He greased and oiled equipment and performed repairs as required. His battles and campaigns included Algeria-French, Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily and Rome and he received the EAME Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead as well as the good conduct medal. On Oct. 9, 1945, he was honorably discharged at the Fort Sam Houston Separation Center in Houston, Texas.
Mr Greenhaw was a retired engineer with Convair and General Dynamics where he built wind tunnel models. He then became a builder and a cabinet maker. He and his sons owned Greenhaw Cabinets and he had lived in Brownwood since 1974 moving here from San Diego, Calif. He was a kind man who loved his family.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Greenhaw of Brownwood; sons, Will Greenhaw and wife Danna of Brownwood and Charles Greenhaw and wife Judith of La Jolla, Calif.; daughters, Linda Rattazzi and husband Bob of El Cajon, Calif., and Brenda Messamore and husband Jimmy of Delhi, Calif.; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters and by a brother who was killed at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.
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