Paul Edward Mentzer Sr., 88, of Hagerstown, Md., died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at his home in Hagerstown.
Born Jan. 11, 1923, in State Line, Pa., he was the son of the late Frank Gossert and Mary Alice (Wagaman) Mentzer.
He was the husband of 66 years to the late Vivian Irene (Lynn) Mentzer, who died Feb. 15, 2011.
Paul was a veteran of the U.S. Army and parachuted with the 82nd Airborne into Sicily and Holland during World War II. Upon his honorable discharge, he came home to Hagerstown and worked for the Western Maryland Railway as a brakeman for a few years. In 1954, Paul joined the Hagerstown Police Department, where he later retired as a lieutenant of detectives in 1983.
Paul was a member of Thomas Pangborn Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 88 and Morris Frock American Legion Post 42, both of Hagerstown, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Association and 82nd Airborne Division Association.
Paul is survived by one son, Paul E. Mentzer Jr. of Hagerstown; two daughters, Danna L. Mentzer and Bonny A. McAlister, both of Hagerstown; four sisters, Evelyn L. Hammond, Jean L. Cook and Shirley A. Ryland, all of Hagerstown, and Dolores J. McAllister of Falling Waters, W.Va.; five granddaughters; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, Paul was preceded in death by three sisters, E. Alice Elliott, Mary F. Garner and Leila R. Thomas; and three brothers, Daniel A. Mentzer, David F. Mentzer and Lester H. Mentzer.
The funeral service will be Thursday, July 7, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, Hagerstown. The Rev. Dr. Stephen D. Robison will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery, Quincy, Pa. Military honors will be accorded by AMVETS Post 10 of Hagerstown and the Marine Corps League Bulldog Detachment of Hagerstown.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home with a service provided by the Fraternal Order of Police.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Fraternal Order of Police, Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 6, Hagerstown, MD 21742.
Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home, Bryan K. Kenworthy P.A., 305 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Online condolences are accepted at www.geraldminnichfuneralhome.com.