Paul Henry Schaus passed away peacefully, at home, on April 14, 2017. He was predeceased by his first wife, A. Romaine (Rayhill) Schaus after more than 50 years of marriage. He is survived by his second wife Nola Deierling Schaus; his children, Steve (Ellen), Jon (Dee), Faith (David Waschke), Margaret (Jim Noonan); 11 grandchildren; and, 12 great grandchildren. He is also survived by Nola’s children, Dale (Kathryn), Joni (Don Siewert), Dell (Renee); her 4 grandchildren; and, her 3 great grandchildren.
Paul was born in Cornelius, Oregon, on January 14, 1923 to the Rev. Paul H. Schaus, Sr. and Elsa (Dittrich) Schaus. He was the third of 5 siblings and the only son. He was predeceased by his parents and 3 of his sisters. His youngest sister, Lenore Dolphin, survives him.
The Schaus family moved from Oregon to Snohomish in the mid-1930’s where Paul’s father served as pastor of Zion Lutheran Church for nearly 3 decades. Paul graduated from Concordia High School in Portland, Oregon in 1940.
Paul served with the 487th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He earned the Bronze Service Arrowhead, the Philippine Liberation Medal and the WWII Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged in February 1946 with the rank of Technical Sargent. Paul worked for Weyerhaeuser for 33 years, rising from work in the planning mill to Sales Supervisor. He retired in 1984.
While working full time, raising a family, and maintaining a small farm, Paul attended school at night to earn his college degree. His dedication and persistence paid off when he received his BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington in 1972.
A gifted and self-taught carpenter, Paul built “the cabin”, a family vacation home, near Granite Falls, overlooking Mt. Pilchuck and the South Fork of the Stillaguamish River. It was the site of many wonderful gatherings for family and friends.
Service to church and community was an important part of Paul’s life. He was a congregation member of Zion Lutheran Church in Snohomish from his teenage years until his death. He served Zion in many capacities, including president, trustee, and elder. Paul was also active in the United Way of Snohomish County, the Everett Chamber of Commerce and the Snohomish Tillicum Kiwanis.
Paul was loved and admired by all who knew him. His deep faith in God was demonstrated in his kindness, loyalty, honesty and ability to love unconditionally. He loved gatherings of family and friends; rooting for the Mariners, Seahawks and Huskies; raising big, beautiful vegetable gardens; making jam to give as holiday gifts; and, his John Deere tractor. His passing leaves a huge void in our lives and hearts.
He will be greatly missed.