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Zoeller Funeral Home

615 Landa, New Braunfels, TX

OBITUARY

Robert Joseph Paiva

May 14, 1931October 22, 2019

We celebrate the life of Robert J. Paiva who was born and raised in a farming community in Massachusetts. His father Manuel was from Portugal, his mother Lucy Oliver was a French-Canadian. New England was where they started a life together. Robert was one of six children, he had three sisters, Janet Dattore, Joan Alea and Teresa Paiva and his brothers who also served in the military were Edward and Richard. He served in the United States Marine Corps and United States Army. He was a combat medic throughout the Korean War and served faithfully with the 1st Marines, 5th Regimental Combat Team. He endured five major battle campaigns in South Korea. After returning home from the war he traveled west from New England with his brothers and headed to Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado. He worked on the Union Pacific Railroad and had a passion for nature and the mountains all of his life. He was a faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ and always said "Keep the Lord in your life first ... and then proceed" Robert is survived by his three loving children Bruce and his wife Lisa, Brenda, and Joseph and their mother Sheila. His ten grandchildren Talitha, Anthony, Jonathan, Nathan, Rebecca, Jeremy, Jessica, Brandon, Derick, and Cameron. He also is survived by eight great-grandchildren Caiden, Sophia, Jordan, Jayden, RJ-Russel James, Julian, Erolina, and Freyja Grace. May he rest in eternal peace with our Lord in heaven. We thank you and praise you Lord for sharing Robert's life with us.

A Service with full military honors will be held 11:15 AM Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Hope Hospice of New Braunfels, tx. The family would also like to send a very special Thank You to the staff of Hope Hospice for taking such good care of their father during this difficult time.

  • FAMILY

  • Robert is survived by his three loving children Bruce and his wife Lisa, Brenda, and Joseph and their mother Sheila. His ten grandchildren Talitha, Anthony, Jonathan, Nathan, Rebecca, Jeremy, Jessica, Brandon, Derick, and Cameron. He also is survived by eight great-grandchildren Caiden, Sophia, Jordan, Jayden, RJ-Russel James, Julian, Erolina, and Freyja Grace .

Services

  • Graveside Service Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Memories

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Barbara Shupe

November 5, 2019

I knew Robert for some time in Pueblo, Colorado. I appreciated his knowledge of the Bible and his sharing his knowledge with me. He was a terrific friend in Christ. We had many deep discussions about the Bible and we would share scriptures. I will certainly miss those conversations. He was also generous and kind about his faith. He would frequently say, “Always keep God first in your life.” Others share that very memory about Robert and that is why he was known by many. He would open up and talk to people. He will be missed. I send my deepest condolences and love to his family.

Regina Loveland

October 30, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I am shocked that I had a great uncle. I've learned a lit ooh ver the years and am hoping we can continue learning about our ancestry. My mother was named after his sister Teresa, but my mom's name was spelled Theresa. She is my late Great Uncle Robert's niece, Richard and Gail's daughter. Again I am so very sorry for your loss for I am still grieving over my mother's and grandparents departure. I hope someday we could all meet. My family and I just moved to Houston 2 years ago after my grandma Gail and Richard passed. God bless and may peace come swiftly to all. Deepest sympathy, Regina Loveland

Gladys Bybee

October 29, 2019

My condolences to the family of Robert. I was honored to have met Robert in the summer of this year when I answered an ad that he had placed in a newspaper for assistance with life care. We met and clicked at first introduction. After three hours of sharing stories, we shared contact information. What a delightful gentleman I had met. We shared stories, laughter and a planned trip for visiting the cabin and fishing. He was surprised I had fishing poles. Unfortunately for me, while he was traveling to Texas with Bruce and his wife, I arrived to be a resident in Pueblo, Colorado. Our last conversation was that I would visit him in Texas and we would go fishing. In the short time of our acquaintance, Robert was a firm, kind, funny, and proud man. I wish I'd have known him longer and been able to go on many fishing trips. I am glad he is not suffering and know that I will see him again someday. May peace and love be with all of his family.

Colleen Toepfer

October 26, 2019

I remember talking about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with Robert. He was a devout Follower and definitely wanted everyone to know him. Also I Thank him for his service to our country. I am blessed to have known him. May he RIP until all of us join him and all of our family that have gone before us! My prayers are with Bruce, Brenda, Joseph and his family during this time of grief. Love you all very much!! Rod and I will be with you all in spirit. (((Hugs)))❤️💜🙏🏻🌹🕊🇺🇸

Love,
Colleen

Bruce Paiva

October 26, 2019

In remembrance today and always, we celebrate the life of my father... Lord, please bring us all the peace, comfort, and strength we need through God's love. Keep us close in heart and prayer for the loss of our beloved Robert Joseph Paiva. We share in our deepest sympathies and may loving memories ease the loss and bring comfort through time...

With our eternal Love ... your son Bruce & wife Lisa along with family. Daughters Talitha and Jessica and sons Nathan, Jeremy, Brandon, Derick, and Cameron Paiva.

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Biography

We celebrate the life of Robert J. Paiva who was born and raised in a farming community in Massachusetts. His father Manuel was from Portugal, his mother Lucy Oliver was a French-Canadian. New England was where they started a life together. Robert was one of six children, he had three sisters, Janet Dattore, Joan Alea and Teresa Paiva and his brothers who also served in the military were Edward and Richard. He served in the United States Marine Corps and United States Army. He was a combat medic throughout the Korean War and served faithfully with the 1st Marines, 5th Regimental Combat Team. He endured five major battle campaigns in South Korea. After returning home from the war he traveled west from New England with his brothers and headed to Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado. He worked on the Union Pacific Railroad and had a passion for nature and the mountains all of his life. He was a faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ and always said "Keep the Lord in your life first ... and then proceed" Robert is survived by his three loving children Bruce and his wife Lisa, Brenda, and Joseph and their mother Sheila. His ten grandchildren Talitha, Anthony, Jonathan, Nathan, Rebecca, Jeremy, Jessica, Brandon, Derick, and Cameron. He also is survived by eight great-grandchildren Caiden, Sophia, Jordan, Jayden, RJ-Russel James, Julian, Erolina, and Freyja Grace. May he rest in eternal peace with our Lord in heaven. We thank you and praise you Lord for sharing Robert's life with us.

A Service with full military honors will be held 11:15 AM Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Hope Hospice of New Braunfels, tx. The family would also like to send a very special Thank You to the staff of Hope Hospice for taking such good care of their father during this difficult time.