Paul S. Fauks
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Saturday, January 7, 2012
Paula Fauks Riney's Father Leaves an amazing Legacy
Here is the obituary from the St. Louis Post Dispatch for Paul S. Fauks, father of our classmate Paula who, with her family, still lives here in St. Louis and attends some of our Reunion activities. We send our very best wishes for peace and love to her family:
Paul S. Fauks
Fauks, Paul S. Paul passed away on January 4, 2012. He was born in Oklahoma City, OK on May 31, 1924 to Carl Fauks, DVM and Emma (Kuntz) Fauks. His siblings include the late Frieda, Margaret, Elizabeth, Caroline and William Fauks, DVM, Oklahoma City, OK. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara Edith Clare Fauks, his three children Paula Riney (Rodger), Pamela Woddail (Chuck), William Fauks, five grandchildren Pamela (Riney) Walkenbach (Steve), Thomas Woddail (Kristen), Kelsey (Woddail) Nolten (Eric), Richard Riney (Meg), Michael Riney and two great-grandchildren Melanie and Paige Walkenbach. He received his B.A. in Journalism from Oklahoma City Univer sity in 1950. Paul's life was summed up in a news article as Boats, Baseball and Birdhouses. Boats reflect his first career in the Navy. This included his landing on the Normandy beach on June 6, 1944 as a signalman guiding ships in for landings through his service as an officer on a variety of ships (USS Arenac, USS Blue, USS Virgo, USS Mount Katmai and USS Pictor). He retired as a Lieutenant Commander from his first career as the Executive Recruiting Officer in St. Louis. Baseball was a thread running throughout Paul's life from his early days playing with his brother Bill on the American Legion teams in Pierre, SD. He lettered in baseball in his junior and senior years at Central High School in Oklahoma City, OK. He continued his American Legion connection as a player, coach and President of the St. Louis County American Legion, where he led his team to a National Championship. He was inducted into the area's Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. This was during the time he made the step from the Navy to the major league as a member of the front office with the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals. During his time with the Cardinals they made five trips to the World Series, winning two world championships. Paul was the driving force behind compiling a comprehensive history of the club from its beginning to 1967. Throughout his life, Paul was a woodworker. He spent many hours in his workshop creating fine furniture as gifts to family and friends. When he turned his focus to birdhouses he created 51 models and built over 10,000 birdhouses over a seven year period. Paul was a lifelong animal lover and an active member of the American Legion and VFW in Kirkwood MO. The family would like to thank the caregivers at Sunrise Assisted Living of John's Creek, GA, Comfort Keepers and Evercare Hospice for their kind attention to Paul during his final months. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to an animal shelter of your choice. Farewell, but without sadness, for we are connected by a cord of love which stretches forward and backward to eternity. Services: Funeral arrangements will be made by Crowell Brothers Funeral Home, Norcross, GA and Bopp Funeral Home, Kirkwood, MO. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Paul S. Fauks
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