Juneau resident Paul H. Steidley died Sept. 11, 2007, in Juneau after a brief battle with mesothelioma. He was 86.
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He was born June 8, 1921, in Green Forest, Ark., to Edward and Lilly Steidley. He was the 11th of 12 children.
In January 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy. He was honorably discharged in March 1946, as mineman first class.
On June 30, 1946, he married the love of his life, Eloise I. Paine, in San Bernadino, Calif., his family said. He studied to become a sheet-metal worker. Eventually, he and Eloise opened their own sheet metal business in Colton, Calif.
When he retired from the sheet metal business, he wanted adventure. In April 1981, he and Eloise moved to Juneau. Again, wanting to keep busy, he went to work for the state Department of Transportation. He retired in November 1978.
Family members said he loved to work, and no job was too large or too small. In his downtime, he enjoyed visits from his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was their big teddy bear "Paulie," his family said.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Bessie Rose and Rita Maples; and brothers, Alvie, Freddy, Gordon, Ted, Jesse and Bert Steidley.
He is survived by his wife; sister, Martha Stark; brothers, Ben Steidley and his wife, Marjorie, and Ed Steidley and his wife, Mildred; and numbers of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
There will be a private service. Condolences can be sent to Eloise Steidley at P.O. Box 20835, Juneau, AK 99802.