OBITUARY

Paul Allen Winters

July 1, 1957July 3, 2013
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Good natured and bright spirited throughout his life, Paul Allen Winters, 56, of Ann Arbor, MI died peacefully in his home on July 3, 2013 after a year-long battle with cancer. Paul is survived by Jane, his beloved wife of twenty-eight years, children Peter and Lisa, parents Douglas and Carol Winters, brothers Bruce (Renee) Winters, Mark (Connie) Winters, Kevin (Margo) Winters, and Aaron (Cathy) Winters, as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Paul cherished family above all else. Affectionately known as ‘my favorite nephew’ or ‘my coolest uncle’, he loved family gatherings with his four brothers, always teasing his parents, but honoring them for raising him with strong family values. As a young boy, he enjoyed catching frogs, playing baseball, and fishing with his dad. There was never a dull moment in his childhood filled with daring adventures with his brothers.

Though born July 1, 1957 in Adrian, MI, Paul grew up in Ann Arbor and was a graduate of Huron High School. He attended Eastern Michigan University before earning his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1980.

He began his career as an environmental engineer in the automotive industry before joining the City of Ann Arbor in 1994. As a public housing official, Paul cared deeply for tenants. He was a great listener who always had a ready smile and caring words. He later worked for the Building Department, ensuring tenant safety as a housing inspector.

Paul was an avid bicycle rider, whose greatest accomplishment was riding his bicycle across the United States with his brother in the summer of 1977. Paul played on many local volleyball teams for over 30 years, and many will remember him as a beloved teammate on the volleyball court, with impressive cheese shots and as a skilled blocker. Everyone fortunate enough to know Paul and be a part of his life knew him as a kind, funny, loyal friend, who had a fondness for coffee and Washtenaw Dairy donuts.

He was an exceptional father to his children, with much time spent coaching them on the volleyball court, hiking in the Grand Canyon, and baking his favorite chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. Paul’s enthusiasm for the outdoors led his family on great hiking, camping, fishing, and skiing adventures. One of his greatest joys was time spent at the family cabin, where he and his wife shared their curiosity and love of nature with their children.

The family will hold a visitation at Muehlig Funeral Chapel, 403 South Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor on Friday, July 12, from 4:00-7:00pm. Following private inurnment, a memorial service for Paul will be held on Saturday, July 13 at 2:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Park Foundation or the American Cancer Society. Please visit www.muehligannarbor.com

Services

  • Visitation Friday, July 12, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 13, 2013
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Mike Curry

November 18, 2013

Sometime around 1987, Paul and I worked at an environmental engineering company in Ann Arbor. We went to a manufacturing plant in Defiance, OH to take temperature readings from a cooling water lagoon system. It was incredibly hot and humid, and we had to cut through thick brush, swarming with mosquitoes to get to the sampling locations. It was an absolutely terrible job, but one of the best work experiences I ever had, because I worked with Paul. We talked and laughed about that job the whole time we worked together. Paul is a great guy, and someone I'll always be thankful for that I got to know and work with.

Ned Barden

August 11, 2013

Jane and family,
So sorry to hear of Paul's passing. I did have the pleasure of knowing Paul as a teammate on one of his AA volleyball teams and even more importantly, as a friend! I did get to play on team with him! (softball, too) Until I read the dedication to Paul and the entries in this guest book I had forgotten about his famous "cheese shots" that left opposing blockers standing beside their own gym clothes! I also loved his biking stories about his cross country trip with his brother. Paul was truly a great team member and a great person. My condolences.
Sincerely,
Ned Barden

Michelle Semple

July 15, 2013

Jane,

I was so sad to hear of Paul's passing. I enjoyed getting to know him for the short time in therapy. He had a great energy about him and it seemed to radiate into his sessions. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Kevin Jacobs&Cari Crawford

July 14, 2013

Cari and I and better people for having known Paul, as he enriched us with his personality, spirit and kindness. You shall always be loved, honored and remembered.

Julie (Stephen) Peterson

July 14, 2013

Oh gosh...this sent me right back to 7th grade at Scarlett...he would have been my first boyfriend had either one of us known what to do with those jumbled scary juvenile feelings. Many, many years later he ran into my dad who was with my daughter who recognized his name from my stories of the "olden days". It sounds as though he was a good man, he will be missed and remembered.

Vince Peters

July 13, 2013

Dear Jane,
I'm so sorry for your lose. Paul was such a great guy to work with so many years ago. It was always a pleasure to see him around town. What a void he will leave in so many of us. A tribute to who he was.

Barb Bruckner

July 13, 2013

Bruce and Renee, sorry for your lost. My prayers and thoughts go out to you during your time of sorrow.

Carole & Jim Hall

July 12, 2013

Dear Jane and Family,

We are sorry for your loss.
I will always remember Paul for his great smile and pleasing personality. Even when we were in rehab he was very upbeat and had that pleasant smile.
He was a good neighbor and will always be remembered by me and my family.
Love you.

Adam Ajam

July 12, 2013

I was very saddened to hear of Paul's passing. I saw Paul in passing all the time sometimes we would talk for a few minutes, and I regret not having known him better. He was always so cheerful and nice to talk to and a joy to be around. I'm so very sorry for your loss and we will all miss him.

Adam Ajam

a w

July 12, 2013

Sorry for the loss of Paul