Paul George DeSaegher

April 29, 1940March 10, 2018
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Paul George DeSaegher of Lynchburg, loving husband, father, grandpa as well as a friend to many walked into his Savior’s embrace on March 10, 2018.

Paul is survived by his high school sweetheart & wife of 54 years, Jani, his three daughters Jill Rufus, Jana Rakes, Jennifer DeSaegher & their spouses, eight grandchildren, his three siblings, John, Jim & Carol, and numerous other nieces, nephews and in- laws who loved him dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents John & Tess DeSaegher.

Paul’s childhood & young adult years were spent in Los Angeles, CA. He attended Westmont University and received his Master’s Degree from Talbot Theological Seminary. In 1971 he and his young family, came to Lynchburg. Over the years, Paul expanded into entrepreneurship and operated several businesses. With his boundless energy, Paul found great joy in waterskiing, keeping a beautiful yard and making his pool a great place for his grandchildren to enjoy cookouts. He loved his rental tenants and took time to connect with everyone he met.

His life was a demonstration of Philippians 1:20 "…that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain."

A celebration of his life will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in the Pate Chapel at Thomas Road Baptist Church. Family members will be receiving guests beginning at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to one of the three missions organizations that were nearest to Paul’s heart: Navigators c/o Laurie Owl- UC Riverside, P.O Box 6079, Albert Lea, MN 56007; NICS c/o Joe Hale 3790 Goodman Rd. E., Southaven, MS 38672; World Help Humanitarian Aid, c/o Vernon Brewer- PO Box 501, Forest, VA 24551.


  • John A DeSaegher, Father
  • Thursa P DeSaegher, Mother
  • Mary Jane DeSaegher, Wife
  • Jill Rufus, Daughter
  • Jana Rakes, Daughter
  • Jennifer DeSaegher, Daughter
  • Paul is also survived by eight grandchildren, his three siblings, John, Jim & Carol, and numerous other nieces, nephews and in- laws who loved him dearly

  • Navigators
  • NICS
  • World Help Humanitarian Aid


  • Visitation Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, March 15, 2018

Paul George DeSaegher

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Art Scott

August 29, 2018

Paul was a special friend to me since 1973. After two auditions he accepted as pianist and singer July 21 1976 was the first rehearsal of Liberty University’s first road team. This team had 14 members which traveled full time for nine months; 80,000 miles 300 church / school concerts covering 35 states.

I am so grateful for Paul, Jani and all three girls, whom I taught piano to.

I know Paul is selling snow cones in heaven and directing a few groups.

All the best as you RIP


David DeSaegher

March 20, 2018

My most wonderful memories of my Uncle Paul were during the 2 years dad was stationed in Southern California & he & Jani lived nearby.. during my years of 3rd & 4th grade (so I was 8 & 9 years old). Uncle Paul had a ski boat & was an avid water skiier which I had never done before, & he would take myself & my family to local lakes to water ski & I found it was the most exciting fun thing I had ever done till then in my life!

It became my 'go-to' fantasy every day back then as a child recalling the experience & wondering when we would all go waterskiing again together. Every time dad mentioned during the Summers that he just spoke with Uncle Paul & that we would all be going water-skiing soon I could hardly wait & would count the days in anticipation!

I was always so grateful to Paul for that.. it made those couple years of my childhood extra exciting as I discovered it was so thrilling to be on those skis behind his boat.. like the world was mine during those few minutes each time he hit the gas of the boat & pulled me out of the water & allowed me to experience 'flying on water' as it always felt like!

Janet Capps

March 15, 2018

Dear Jani and Family,

Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers!

Betty Pittman

March 15, 2018

Praying for you and your family .
Betty Pittman

laura evans

March 15, 2018

I am flooded with fond memories of many good times share with Paul & Jani and especially the delightful 3 daughters they brought into this world and into my life as my dearest friends. Paul was teaching us the principles of entrepreneurship before we even knew how to spell it, much less understood it or thought it was something we would want to emulate. He was generous in all things. His smile. His laughter. His jokes. His businesses. His life.
I am so thankful my life was made better by his life. May he rest in peace and comfort.

Oliver Pfau

March 14, 2018

Kathy & Jerry Jones

March 14, 2018

Sweet memories of times spent with Paul & Jani. Remembering our overnight adventure to The Peaks for Valentine’ dinner and time together. They made each other shine. When together they were “double the pleasure.” I will always treasure our friendship. Their 3 lovely daughters are a tribute to their parents love and dedication. Prayers for the family.

Samuel and Kayla Lakey

March 14, 2018

We can’t believe that Paul is with Jesus now. It seems like only yesterday we were renting that apartment on 108 Hunterdale Drive and calling Paul to come help us fix something. He was always there when we needed him. We are saddened that we didn’t get to say goodbye in this lifetime, but we look forward to seeing him again! We love you Jani and know that we are praying for you and your family during this time. <3

Linda Blass

March 14, 2018

My heart goes out to the family at this time of loss. Loved viewing family pictures of great times shared that will continue to bring a smile may these memories as well as your deep faith and the support of loved ones bring comfort now and in the days ahead.

Dave and Tobyann Davis

March 13, 2018

We have precious memories of the many years we spent together at Heritage High, Faith Baptist High, and Liberty University creating special musical celebrations as well as life long family friendships which actually began many years before at Bob Jones University. We will always cherish our dear friend Paul, Jani and daughters. We rejoice with you that our friendship does not end in this life. We send all our love and prayers.