Paul Zuehlke, Jr.

December 24, 1925 – October 23, 2019

Paul Zuehlke Jr. passed away on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019. He was a wonderful husband and precious dad; Paul’s family loved him so very much. The family will receive guests during a visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 30th, at Callaway – Jones

Funeral Center in Bryan. Funeral Services will begin at 10:00 am on Thursday, October 31st, 2019 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in College Station, with interment to follow at the College Station Cemetery.

Paul was born in Old Washington, Texas on the 240-acre family farm on December 24th, 1925. While working the farm, Paul attended the Old Washington School, a one room schoolhouse. He and his brothers and sisters walked or rode their horses to school each day. Paul continued his education and graduated from Brenham High School in 1943. Upon graduation he was sent a draft notice but did not pass the physical, being told something was not quite right with his heart. Paul knew he wanted to serve his country so in March of 1944 he joined the Merchant Marines where the ship he was on made many, many trips back and forth from Europe to the United States carrying supplies. When the war came to a close, Paul continued working in the Merchant Marines until, upon landing in New York, his captain informed him the draft board was looking for him. Paul reported for his physical, thinking again he would not pass and that he could just go back to work, but the Army had other thoughts. As a result, Paul headed to Korea to help the Army build pontoon bridges over rivers that had to be crossed. Three years prior, Paul met Mavis Wehring, whom he married on April 22nd, 1953, shortly after his tour ended. He and Mavis were married 61 years.

Paul was happiest when his children and grandchildren came to visit. He loved to just sit and chat with them, catching up on everything going on in their lives. Paul was also a huge football fan, especially of the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans. He also loved to watch the Texas A&M University football games and had season tickets to A&M baseball games, which he enjoyed so very much!

Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Mavis, his mother and dad, Olga and Paul Zuehlke Sr., his brothers – Bill and wife, Delores, Herman and wife, Melinda, Herbert and wife, Dorothy; his sisters – Lillian Zuehlke, Elsie and husband, Almot Sommerfeld, and Nelda and husband, Raymond Kunkel; and his son-in-law, Edward Childress. Survivors include his son, Darrell Zuehlke of Brookshire, TX; his daughter Carol Childress of Midlothian, TX; his son, Jimmy Zuehlke of Kyle, TX; and his daughter-in-law, Gillian Zuehlke of Brookshire, TX. Paul’s grandchildren are Lindsey (Childress) Hodge and husband, Dallas, Robert Paul (Bobby) Childress and wife, Kelsey, and Brittany Zuehlke. His great-grandchildren are Ava Hodge, Eleanor Hodge, Jameson Hodge, Graham Hodge, Reagan Childress, Quinn
Hodge, Wren Childress,
and Nora Hodge.

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  1. Darrell, Carol, and Jimmy,
    So sorry to hear about your father, my Uncle Paul. He will be missed by all of the Zuehlke family. So sorry I can’t be there. You have my deepest sympathy. He had a long and prosperous life and will now go to meet Aunt Mavis in Heaven.

  2. We are so sorry for the loss of your dad. He was always such a pleasure to visit with, especially at Aggie baseball. Our prayers are with y’all during this time, and the knowledge that the fond memories you have will help you through.

  3. Our deepest sympathies are extended to the members of the Zuehlke family over the departure of Paul. He was a wonderful person and a devout Christian. We can all take comfort in the knowledge that he is now enjoying the company of his Maker.