Paul “Toby” Damon, 82, of Oelwein passed away on Wednesday May 10, 2017 following an accident. A memorial open House will be held from 1:00-3:00 PM on Friday May 19, 2017 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein. A memorial fund has been established.
Paul was born on January 25, 1935 in Hazleton, Iowa the son of Ralph and Fern (Woodward) Damon. He graduated from Oelwein High School with the class of 1953. On April 2, 1953 he was united in marriage with Betty Saathoff in Oelwein. Paul began his salesman career with Keniston Packing Plant in Oelwein. He later retired from Whitmore Brokerage Co. in Des Moines. In his retirement years, he and his wife Betty managed Lakeview Mobile Home Court in Oelwein. Paul was always in his field on his John Deere; mowing, mowing, mowing. He received the Positively Oelwein Spiffy and Clapper awards for keeping the Mobile Home Court in top shape.
In his earlier years, you could find him on the ball diamond playing slow pitch, anywhere a cribbage game was going on or at a neighborhood game of horseshoes. Paul taught gun safety classes and was involved in the Boy Scouts. He loved nature, birds and especially hiking, hunting and canoeing. His life was for his family, wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandson. He was the Yin to Betty’s Yang.
Paul is survived by his wife; his loving children: Jim (Teresa) Damon and Jody Sue Damon of Oelwein; his grandchildren: James (Ariel) Damon, Calvin Damon and Andrea (James) Ricchio; his great-grandson Emmit Ricchio; his brothers: Fred (Joyce) Damon of Tama and Aaron (Denise) Damon of Pekin, IL; his brother-in-law George (Donna) Saathoff of Oelwein; his sisters-in-law: Genevive Damon of Oelwein, Carol Damon of Waterloo, Becky Saathoff of Oelwein, Bernice (Dick) Keejan of Arizona, Delma (Roland) Abbot of Oelwein and Colorado, Margie (Jim) Adams of Clinton and Florida, Deloris (Gayle) Tellin of Westgate and Judy (George) Adams of Clinton; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son at birth; his parents; his sisters: Irene, Midge, Marilynn and Deloris; his brothers: Ralph, George, John and Robert.
He was a silent man who will be missed.