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Paul N. Seigneur, 100, of Bucyrus, passed peacefully on Friday, February 24, 2023 at Orchard Park.
Paul was born on February 11, 1923 in Lyons, Ohio and was the oldest of six children born to the late Ralph N. an Lola F. (Robinson) Seigneur. He was a 1941 graduate of Lyons High School where he played basketball, baseball and was a member of FFA. In September of 1943, he was drafted into the Army and served with the 592nd Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment. He was stationed in the South Pacific and on September 2, 1945, from a neighboring ship in Tokyo Bay, Paul witnessed the Surrender of Japan between General Douglas MacArthur and Japanese representatives.
Paul returned home from the Army on Thanksgiving Day in 1945 and a short time later met Joyce Elaine Tredway while attending a Boy Meet Girl dance at the Trianon Ballroom in Toledo. They married on November 1, 1947 in Metamora and made their way to Bucyrus in 1951, where Paul managed Islay’s until 1964. Being a person who shared the love of golf with fellow businessmen, their day often began with a quick nine-hole round before putting in a hard day’s work. His passion for golf led Paul to become the Club Manager and Grounds Superintendent for the Bucyrus Country Club. His friendly attitude along with his strong work ethic allowed him to lead a successful career and maintain a premier area country club for many years. When the course expanded to 18 holes, Paul transitioned all his time to the care of the golf course and even after retiring from this role, he still enjoyed being one with nature while riding a mower or doing whatever else necessary to prepare the course for fellow golfers.
Living in Ohio, one could only golf for so many months, so Paul, like many others, enjoyed bowling during those winter months. He bowled in several leagues and participated in various tournaments around the state. In the early 1980s, he and Joyce began making their way to Florida. It began as a week or two here and there and eventually became their winter home. Most of their time was spent in North Port, Florida, where they enjoyed time spent with friends, and he occasionally found time to for a round or two. They also ventured on a couple of cruises and especially enjoyed an Alaskan cruise spent with family. In 2010, Joyce suffered a stroke and Paul devoted himself to caring for her which kept their bond strong.
Family and golf were what meant most to Paul. There were many reunions and holidays spent together where they enjoyed meals and played games. A family favorite was the “Seigneur Open,” held every September. The day began with lunch, followed by golf and the evening concluded with a family feast and the golfers sharing their stories of missed opportunities from the earlier round. Trophies were brought about in 1976, and Paul was the very first winner. He not only shared his love of golf with family, but with friends by forming the Wednesday Traveling League. A day that offered a different challenge each week as they golfed a different area course. Paul would be proud that the league still lives on. Paul was also blessed with a hole-in-one and what made the day even more memorable was that he was golfing with two of his sons, Scott and Don. Following that hole, his sons thought it best to put the ball in his pocket as to have it mounted on a plaque, but Paul felt it was his lucky ball and unfortunately lost it in the creek on the very next hole. Paul lived a full and rich life and was thankful for what God provided. He was formerly an active member of First Christian Church and, after they closed, he and Joyce joined Bucyrus UMC. He was also a 70-year member of the American Legion Col Crawford Post 181 and was Grand Marshal of the 2022 Memorial Day Parade.
Whenever a loved one had a birthday, Paul was the one to call and sing Happy Birthday. He touched many lives and is survived by three children, Joy Lauthers, Scott Seigneur, and Don (Barbara) Seigneur; daughter-in-law, Pam Seigneur (Mike) Meadows; nine grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; three siblings, Vava Campbell, Vivian Seigneur, and Max Seigneur; as well as many nieces, nephews, and close friends.
In addition to his parents and wife Joyce, Paul is reunited in Heaven with his son, Jim Seigneur; grandson, Kurt Lauthers; son-in-law, Gail Lauthers; and siblings, Reva Miller and Lyle Seigneur.
All services for Paul will be held Thursday, March 2 at Bucyrus United Methodist Church. His family will receive friends from 10 – 11:50 am followed by his funeral at 12:00 pm with Pastor Brad Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery with full Military Rites being provided by the Army Honor Guard and the Bucyrus Veterans Military Funeral Detail.
If desired, donations can be made payable to the Bucyrus UMC and will be accepted through Wise Funeral Service or at the church on day of services. Memories are encouraged to be shared on his tribute wall.