Paul Martin Kudla

November 26, 1931March 29, 2021

Paul Martin Kudla passed away peacefully at his home in Centerville, Ohio on March 29, 2021. He was a loving husband to his wife Bonnie, and a loving father to his children Marc (wife Anita), David (wife Cheri), Keith (wife Amy), and Lynn (Mahan, husband Tony), and his stepchildren and their spouses Angela and Scott Williams, and Edward and Sarah Brinkerhoff. Affectionately known as “Big Bear”, he adored, and was adored by his grandchildren Sydney, Christopher, Jenna, Julia, Mathew, David, Morgan, Jorja, Lance, Aidan, Jaida, Penelope, and Eleanor. Paul was born in Morgantown, West Virginia on November 26, 1931, the son of a coal miner and an amazing mother. A man of humble beginnings, and the youngest of 13 children, he would later become the first of his siblings to graduate from college, and ultimately go on to earn two master’s degrees. Paul proudly served his country in the National Guard Reserves and later in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a military police officer at Fort Ord in California. As a 17-year-old reservist, Paul learned to drive a 36-ton M4A3 Sherman Tank before driving his first automobile. Following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Paul served as a civilian police officer while attending West Virginia University, where he earned his degree in Industrial Arts. Later in life he loved to share his military and Westover police stories with friends and family, especially his recount of the time he spent on John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign security detail. Upon graduation from WVU, Paul started his career in secondary education at Vandalia Butler High School in Vandalia, Ohio. Paul would continue his teaching career in the Dayton Public School System, where he taught industrial arts, coached tennis, and served as a Vocational Education Coordinator. Paul loved to help others, and as VOE Coordinator helped an untold number of young, aspiring youth begin their promising careers. Many years later, Paul’s former students would recognize him when he was out and about in the Dayton area, would stop, shake his hand, or give him a hug, and thank him for helping them get off to a good start in life. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm, Thursday, April 8, 2021 at TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-FAR HILLS CHAPEL, 5471 Far Hills Avenue at Rahn Road Dayton, Ohio 45429. Funeral service 11:00 am, Friday, April 9, 2021 at FAIRHAVEN CHURCH, 637 East Whipp Road, Centerville, Ohio 45459. Online condolences may be sent to In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Paul’s name to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45420 ( He will be missed by all.


  • Ohio's Hospice of Dayton


  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Final Resting Place

    Friday, April 9, 2021


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Joe Kudla

April 3, 2021

Having spent many memorable hours on the phone with Uncle Paul, laughing and solving the world's problems, I will miss his voice and our long conversations.

Bonnie and I wish to express our prayers and deepest condolences to you all.

Cousin, Joe

Ginny and Tod Brinkerhoff

April 3, 2021

Dear Bonnie,
We are heartbroken to hear of Paul's passing. He must have been a wonderful man having chose you for a wife...We know your family's love and strength will carry you through these difficult days. Sending all our love and prayers.
Ginny and Tod Brinkerhoff

Jim and Ann HERBERT

April 2, 2021

Bonnie and family,
So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

Greta Kudla (Justus)

April 1, 2021

I’m extremely saddened to hear my uncle passed on ,I extend my condolences to the family. The memories I have are cherished.

Love and Prayers,
Greta Kudla ( Justus )

Missy Kaiser

March 31, 2021

Lynn and family,
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Your dad was a hard working man and great dad to all of you. I remember the trips to the mall, lunches and his overalls! 😀 I know he will be watching over each of you. Thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate all the wonderful moments you had.
Love you - Missy & family

Shannon Peterson

March 31, 2021

Dave and Cheri -
We are so very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing.
Though I only met him in person once, he made a lasting impression and was very much deserving of his affectionate nickname, "The Bear". I know he will be missed by many.
Please give our heartfelt condolences to Marc and Anita, Keith and Amy, and Lynn and Tony.
May he rest in peace.
Shannon and Bill Peterson

Brian Riddle

March 31, 2021

My condolences to the entire Kudla family. Your Dad leaves an incredible legacy in you all. I am certain that he IS extremely proud of all of you!

Knowing David and Cheri over the years, they have shared many stories and updates about the Kudla brothers and of course Lynn and Tony here in Columbus!

My wish and prayer for you and the entire family is that God grants you peace, grace and comfort in these days ahead. Amen.

Hold your Dad’s memory close to you, smile when you think about him, an know that any tears are evidence that he is near and with you!