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Paul S. Lenart

November 2, 1944 - November 1, 2016
Taylor, MI

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Visitations


Friday, November 4, 2016
3:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
Turowski Life Story Funeral Homes
Livonia, West of Middlebelt
30200 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154
(734) 525-9020
Driving Directions

Services


Saturday, November 5, 2016
11:00 AM EDT
Turowski Life Story Funeral Homes
Livonia, West of Middlebelt
30200 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154
(734) 525-9020
Driving Directions

Flowers


Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Cardwell Florist
32109 Plymouth Rd
Livonia, MI 48150
(734) 421-3567

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A hardworking man of honor, courage, and unwavering strength, Paul Lenart was truly extraordinary. He was a family man through and through who was an amazing role model to his children and grandchildren. Paul was a simple man who accomplished great things, yet he was a humble man who lived to selflessly give to those around him. Never one to let challenges get him down, he faced whatever came his way with such determination, even when engaged in the fight for his life. Although he will be deeply missed, Paul leaves behind a timeless legacy this his loved ones will proudly carry on in his footsteps.

During the first half of the 1940s, the eyes of our nation were focused overseas as WWII raged on. Countless young servicemen and women were serving while those who remained stateside became familiar with rationing on common goods like rubber, paper, sugar, and coffee. It was during this eventful time that Lucas and Julianna (Mesterhazy) Lenart were able to focus on an exciting time in their lives as they announced the birth of the baby boy they named Paul S. on November 2, 1944. Born at Delray General Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, he was the oldest of three boys in his family as he was raised alongside his brothers, John and David. While growing up, Paul loved airplanes and had dreams of becoming a pilot. An active boy, he also enjoyed playing in the park with his brothers. Paul attended local schools including Cass Tech High School and later went to Redford High School, graduating in 1963. In June of 1965, Paul received his Associates of Commerce Degree from Henry Ford Community College in nearby Dearborn.

A man of honor, Paul joined the Air Force on March 15, 1966. He continued to serve on active duty until 1969, and he then served in the reserves until 1972. While in the military, Paul earned the rank of sergeant and served as a radio intercept analyst. He excelled at his duties and was regarded and highly praised as an example to his fellow airmen. While in the Air Force, he enjoyed the camaraderie of playing football and softball. Also during this time, Paul attended Wayne State University in Detroit, majoring in marketing. While there, he was a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity, Beta Omirron Chapter. Later on, Paul went back to school at Henry Ford Community College, earning a certificate course in transportation and traffic management. With his education behind him, Paul spent 44 years in traffic and transportation management. Much of his career was spent in sales and marketing, handling import/export movement of international freight. In his free time, Paul was an avid golfer who also loved watching sports, especially the Tigers, Lions, and Red Wings. He also loved reading.

Life was forever changed for Paul when he met and later married Susan in 1973. To their marriage she brought her two daughters, Judy and Cathy. Together Paul and Susan were blessed with the births of two sons, Matthew and Mark. Although their marriage later ended in divorce, Paul was forever grateful for the four children they shared.

Throughout his life Paul loved spending time with his family. As a father he was very involved in the lives of his children. He was an amazing role model who taught his children so much simply by the way he lived his life each and every day. Paul’s children knew that he believed in them, and no matter what it was he was there to offer a listening ear, a piece of advice, and the reassurance that everything would be okay.

Paul’s happiest moments were spent with his family. Among his favorite times were golfing with his sons on different charity golf outings and sporting events, but he also treasured the times when they were all gathered together sharing a meal and plenty of laughter. No matter the circumstances, Paul’s children knew that he would sacrifice whatever was needed to make their lives better. Even when engaged in a long and difficult battle with lung cancer, he remained positive and always looked toward the future.

Described as quiet, thoughtful, and a true gentleman, Paul Lenart was a blessing to everyone he met. He was known for saying things like, “just ducky,” and, “peachy,” and he faced whatever came his way head on.

Selfless when it came to his family, Paul was devoted to the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He leaves behind priceless memories, but most importantly he leaves behind a legacy that illustrates that the family bond goes deeper than blood. Dearly loved, Paul will be forever missed.

Paul Lenart died on November 1, 2016. Paul is survived by his two brothers, John and David Lenart; four children, Judy Fetterolf, (Bruce), Cathy Bunker, (Art), Matthew Lenart, (Julie), and Mark Lenart, (Jenni); seven grandchildren, Robbie & Amber Bunker, Justin & Clarissa Lenart, Brooke & Jared Lenart, and Travis Fetterolf; and two great-grandchildren, Secora & Avary. Family will receive guest Friday from 3-9 p.m. and Saturday for a funeral service at 11 a.m. at Neely-Turowski Funeral Home. 30200 5 Mile Rd.,Livonia, MI 48154

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