James LeRoy Paul was the first of three children born to William and Mary Paul on September 3, 1937, in Denver, Colorado. His Father William Paul, Mother Mary (Paul) Hoston, Brother William Paul, and Sister JoElla Paul; and his nephew Michael Paul who he loved dearly and whom left this earth far too soon.
He is survived by his wife Ruby Ridley Paul, and three children from his previous marriage, daughter's Bridgette and Jennifer, son Keith Paul. James was later blessed with four grandchildren Antonio James, Kandice, Jeremiah and Mekida; along with four great-grandchildren, Quincy, Davion, Shylynn and Alexiana.
James known as "Jimmy" and "Jim" by friends and family received his formal education in the Denver Public School System.
In 1955, at the age of sixteen James with the approval of his Mother Mary enlisted in the United States Marines Corps (USMC). While serving his country, he received two "Good Conduct Medals". He served both during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and traveled to Okinawa, Japan. In 1959, James transferred to the 9th Marine Corps Reserve and Recruitment Districts. His duties while in the service was Combat Engineer and his related civilian occupation was Carpenter and Masonry. In 1959, James was honorably discharged, achieving the rank of Lance Corporal E-3.
Jimmy was a well-liked, kind, hard-working easy going simple man. He was a brick-layer by trade, who loved working on cars and fixing things around the house for his wife Ruby.
Jimmy could be seen around town taking quick intentional steps to wherever his final destination would lead him. He loved to walk and walk he did with great fervor and enjoyment. He will be missed by all wo were fortunate enough to have known this kind and wonderful man, who leaves a void that can never be filled and a legacy that will always be remembered.
"To know Jimmy was to love him....He has left all who knew him with very fond memories."
In the early morning hours of February 1, 2018, Jesus wrapped his arms around Jimmy and gave him his angel wings, he is home now and at peace.
Those left to cherish his memory and mourn his loss include his daughter's Bridgette and Jennifer of Seattle, WA; his son Keith Paul of Greeley, CO, his grand and great grandchildren, his daughter in-law Laura Paul of Greely CO, brother in-law of Topeka, KS, his Aunt and Uncle Betty and Albert Jenkins, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Daddy I love you
You are my tree
Trunks and limbs embraced me in my time of need.
Sweet and loving full of joy so carefree.
Sweet kind daddy of mine
Your smiles and laughter always there just in time
A sweet gentle soul
Without you near my heart has a cavernous hole.
But I know you are in God's arms
With this I know there is nothing that can bring harm
You are no longer in pain
Whispering quietly in my ear I am free again.
Miss you I do sweet Daddy I love you!
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