Jerald Francis Paulus

November 1, 1933November 9, 2018
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Jerald F. “Jerry” Paulus age 85, of Versailles passed away at 5:46 AM on Friday, November 9, 2018, at his residence. Jerry was born November 1, 1933, in Russia, Ohio, to the late Francis H. “Frenchie” & Matilda “Tillie” (Wissman) Paulus. In addition to his parents, Jerry was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, John Kenneth McCoy; brother, Jim Paulus; sister, Shirley Ann Paulus; and a brother-in-law, John Butkus. Jerry is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rose Mary (Herbon) Paulus whom he married November 17, 1956; children, Brenda McCoy of Greenville, David & Anna Maria Paulus of Texas, Dan & Sue Paulus of Minster, Robert & Jennifer Paulus of Versailles, Ann & Greg Forbes of Michigan, Andrew & Lisa Paulus of Versailles, Diane & Christopher Heeter of Dayton and Susan & Mark Clack of Versailles; 20 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Marge Paulus of Celina and Betty Butkus of Centerville; brother-in-law & sister-in-law, Pete & Carol Herbon of Vandalia; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jerry served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He owned and operated Versailles Furniture Mart for over 30 years. He was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, November 15, 2018, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles with full military honors conducted by the Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and Thursday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Chapter for St. Denis Catholic Church.


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • Visitation Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, November 15, 2018

Jerald Francis Paulus

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Vince Delap

November 23, 2018

To Brenda and the entire Paulus family, I'm so sorry to hear of your father's passing. While it's been many years since Dan and I met him, we wanted to tell you that we were thinking of you and you are in our prayers.

Jill Jenkinson Hunter

November 16, 2018

I was saddened to hear of the passing of "Mr. Paulus". My memories are of a kind and sweet man with a lot of patience. (Yes, Dan I'm thinking of you!) I'm sending prayers of comfort for you all.

Cheryl Goettemoeller

November 14, 2018

My condolences to the Paulus family. It's hard to lose a parent. Love and comfort to all of you.

Dave & Mary Beth Berger

November 11, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to the Paulus family. It was an honor growing up and having Jerry next door and as the years passed a treat when our paths crossed. We always laughed together as Jerry would remind me of the various shenanigans that us neighbor boys involved ourselves in and he always would point out that he was wise to us all along. I will miss him.

Margie Heitkamp

November 10, 2018

So sorry for your loss. Having grown up in the Versailles community, Rick and I send you our deepest condolences.

Susan Hiatt-Berg

November 9, 2018

My deepest sympathy to the family. I have many fond memories of hanging out at the Paulus home with my girlfriends and Danny.

Tom Donnelly

November 9, 2018

Jerry and I spent many an enjoyable session talking Tiger football over the past five decades. A true gentleman! Condolences to the entire extended family.