Soldotna resident Paul Charles Mettille died of natural causes Saturday, June 12, 2004, with his children by his side at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 86.
Private family services will be held at Peninsula Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, June 13, with a graveside Military Honors service following at Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof. He will be placed to rest next to his wife of 60 years and the joy of his life, the one he always referred to as his "beautiful bride," Jessie Marie Mettille.
Mr. Mettille was born Jan. 6, 1918, in Ottawa, Ill., to Paul Peter Mettille and Sarah Bridgett Dowling Mettille. On Jan. 20, 1943, he married Jessie Marie Wilson in San Bernardino, Calif., where he was stationed with the U.S. Army. He was a World War II veteran and served as a member of on the medic detachment team, where he received two commendations and the Bronze Star. He felt it an honor to serve his country so the future generations could live in freedom and liberty.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; sister, Pauline Mettille; and brothers, Francis Mettille and James Mettille.
Mr. Mettille is survived by his sons, Paul Louis Mettille of Soldotna and Charles William Mettille of Phoenix; daughters, Pauline Marie Parisot of Ottawa, Ill., Sherry Lee Larson of Soldotna, Candace Lou Robinson of Lynnwood, Wash., and Claudette Marie Barber of Soldotna; and 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
"Paul always cherished the close relationship he had with his daughter-in-law Lynn Mettille and Ernie Barber and Ron Larson, his sons-in-law, who also survive him," his family said.
Memorial donations may be made to the Heritage Place Activities Department and Garden Fund.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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