Paul C. “Ladd” Stahli, 88, of Oak Street, Johnsonburg, died Sunday, June 5, 2011 at UPMC Hamot of Erie after a brief illness.
He was born December 24, 1922 in Ridgway, son of the late Paul J. and Helena A. (Kilhoffer) Stahli.
On October 11, 1947, he married Florence “Sisser” (Yonker) Stahli, who preceded him in death on March 26, 2001.
He served as an airplane and engine mechanic in the US Army Air Force 744th Bombardment Squadron during WWII, acquiring the rank of corporal. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge with I Oak Leaf Cluster and European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with 8 Bronze Service Stars. He took part in the noted battles of Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Northern France, Southern France, Rhineland, North Apennines, Po Valley and the Balkans.
He lived all his life in Johnsonburg. He worked at the Johnsonburg Paper Mill as an Oiler and in the maintenance department until his retirement in 1985. He was a member or the Central Hose Co., Piedmont Club, Rolfe and Wilcox Sportsmen’s Clubs and the Ridgway American Legion. He was well- known for being an excellent hunter and fisherman and truly enjoyed spending his time with his family.
He is survived by four children, Linda and her husband Dennis McGill of St. Marys, Jack Stahli of Johnsonburg, Ellen Leslie of Johnsonburg, and Bette Jo and her husband Nicholas Young of Ridgway; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Maxine Lechien of Wilcox, June “Suzy” Taylor of Johnsonburg, and Nancy Jones of St. Marys.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Ann in infancy; and by two brothers, Harold “Winks” and Donald “Heavy” Stahli.
Funeral services for Paul C. "Ladd" Stahli will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Ubel Funeral Home in Johnsonburg, with Father David Wilson officiating. Burial will take place at Parklawn Memorial Gardens in Ridgway.
Military honors will be accorded by the Johnsonburg/Wilcox Servicemen’s Detail. Military members are asked to assemble at the funeral home on Thursday at 9:45 a.m.
Visitation will take place Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Ubel Funeral Home.
The family suggests memorials to the Johnsonburg Library or favorite charity.