FAIRLAWN -- Paul R. Straits passed away on Dec. 16, 2016, after a brief illness with his family by his side.
He was born on Jan. 26, 1930, to Walter J. and Sue (Nye) Straits in Millersburg, and was a 1948 graduate of Millersburg High School. He served in the U.S. Navy, followed by six years in the Naval Reserves and had a 37-year career at the Akron Beacon Journal.
Paul enjoyed golfing, fishing, watching golf, and spending time with his family. He was a long time member of Saint Hilary Catholic Church and volunteered on the Funeral Luncheon Committee.
Surviving are his wife, Susie; children, Beth (Bob) Forwark, Bruce (Tracie Lee) Baumgardner and Marty (Debbie) Baumgardner; grandchildren, Andy (Brittany) Forwark, Eric Forwark, Bryan, Kelsey, Alison and Jared Baumgardner; and a great-grandson, Peyton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Walter J. Straits; sisters, Joann Straits, Ruth Tillitski and Mary Derr.
Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Hilary Catholic Church. Interment followed in Standing Rock Cemetery, Kent.
Ciriello & Carr Funeral Home, 39 S. Miller Road, Fairlawn, assisted the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities Community Services of Summit County, 812 Biruta St., Akron 44307.