Paul Priest

March 12, 1938October 4, 2020

PRIEST, Paul Delno, age 82, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2020 at his home in Johnstown. He was born March 12, 1938 in Delaware County, Ohio to the late Delno O. and Pearl A. (Tracy) Priest. Paul worked as an electrician for many years. He retired from Abbott and formerly worked at Technical Rubber. He loved mechanics and could master anything with a motor. These skills served his family and friends very well throughout Paul’s life. He even drilled bowling balls and operated his television and lawn mower repair service. Paul loved spending time outdoors; fishing, hunting, and playing basketball. In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Margaret (Sesser) Priest; daughter, Beverly Priest; infant son, Terry Priest; siblings, Doris (Jim) Light and Norman Priest; sister-in-law, Dolares Priest; brother-in-law, Harley Sesser; and his beloved dog, Piddles. Paul will be deeply missed by his surviving children, Rick (Lucinda) Priest, Doug (Dawn) Priest, Tim (Debbie) Priest, and Tina Priest; grandchildren, Christopher Miller, Michael (Angie) Collins, Jason (Jenna) Collins, Derrick (Lillian) Collins, Zach (Kelly) Collins, Nick Muncie, Fallon (Brandon) Bass, Autumn Priest, Christina (Chris) Smith, Brandon Stangle, Brandon Priest, and Zachary Priest; 19 great grandchildren; sister-in-laws, Barb Priest and Cathy Sesser; brother-in-law, Roger Priest; beloved dogs, Poppy and Champ; along with countless relatives and dear friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday October 10, 2020 from 12:00-2:00 pm at Johnstown's Sportsman Club, 7357 Sportsman Club Rd NW, Johnstown, OH 43031. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Paul’s honor to the Johnstown Fire Department.


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    Saturday, October 10, 2020


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Shirley Hendren

October 10, 2020

I knew Paul, Norman and their sister Doris growing up in Johnstown. I remember their parents well. Such a really nice family. This news saddens me. Paul and I discovered about 10 years ago that we shared the same birthday, March 12th. We met at a restaurant in Johnstown a couple of years for a late breakfast to celebrate our birthdays! I will miss him.

Debbie and Todd Cutlip

October 8, 2020

We will miss Paul with all our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Family. Paul was a wonderful guy. Like someone said he would light up the room when he walked in and everyone knew him.

My mom and I worked at the lanes and boy we sure did have a great time being around Paul. He drilled several bowling balls for all 3 of us (Debbie Blagg, Todd and myself)

Paul you were a great friend here on earth and a character so I know eternal life for you, your loved ones and friends you lost will be waiting for you at the pearly gates of heaven. It was a great part of my life to have had the pleasure of knowing and having you as what I call a dear friend.
We will always miss you

Flo Rycerz

October 7, 2020

I never had the pleasure or honor of meeting Paul, but I work with his daughter in law Debbie, so I feel like I know his values of compassion and family through Debbie. I know he will be deeply missed by his family and that speaks volumes to his character and the volume of his love.

Charles Gwinn

October 7, 2020

Paul was a great guy. I enjoyed working with him. We also bowled together for many years. My condolences to the family🙏RIP Paul

Butch Lortz

October 7, 2020

Was a very great man. He could do anything electric or mechanical. When he was around he would light up the room. He was always willing to help others. He will be missed. R.I.P. my friend.

Ronald Bartley

October 7, 2020

I remember Paul well from our days at Ross Labs/Abbott. There was nothing this man couldn't do with a piece of metal. I always enjoyed our talks. Rest In Peace.

Wauhnetia Mills

October 7, 2020

Had many coffees and conversation with Paul when I was on bowling league. Always loved seeing him in the resteraunt up town and hearing his stories and laughter. Have known him my whole life. He was such a smart funny man and will be greatly missed by all. Prayers to family on their loss.

Andrea and Paul Sweetman

October 6, 2020

We have so many great memories and times of learning from Paul. We both admired him deeply. He was a great man and we are better people for having known him. Our deepest condolences.

Jennifer Fleig

October 6, 2020

You were always incredible at picking the right ball and drilling the holes to fit. You will be very missed by all. You were always so kind to me thank you for the memories when I was growing up!

Jennifer Fleig

The Grays George and Karen Gray

October 6, 2020

Paul was a hoot, loved being around him at the bowling ally or when he would go have lunch at The Dashing Diner with Piddles in his truck. I would always go out and give Piddles a treat, laughing every time I got caught! He will be greatly missed, bet his legacy lives on with his family. Rest In Peace Paul!


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