Olaf G. Paul

Olaf Paul, 78, of Ashland, Ore., passed away Saturday, August 7, 2010, at home with his wife and family by his side.

Olaf was born on March 14, 1932, in Strasbourg, France to Adrien and Gudrun (Lie) Paul. The family was forced from their home in occupied France and later settled in St. Cloud, outside of Paris, where he graduated from the French Lycee in 1950.

In 1951, Olaf immigrated to the United Sates, sponsored by his Norwegian family in Minnesota. That same year he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served active duty in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1953. Olaf attended the University of Minnesota, and served in the Air Force Reserve until 1976.

Olaf worked in the insurance industry, specializing in aviation claims. He was dedicated to his work and was known to respond immediately whenever there was a loss. He had a private pilot's license and loved going to air shows. He was a member o the Organization of Flying Adjusters, the International Society of Aviation Safety Investigators, and the Lawyer Pilot's Association. For the last five years, Olaf served as volunteer coordinator at the Ashland police department, and received a citation for outstanding volunteer spirit and service to the community of Ashland.

Norway, his mother's birthplace, held a special place in Olaf's heart. During his frequent visits, Olaf enjoyed his family, friends and especially taking a boat out on the fjords. Olaf loved classical music, playing tennis and had passion for Bugatti cars, greatly influenced by his father's position as a director of the Bugatti factory in France. Olaf will be remembered for his dry wit, usually appreciated by friends and family.

Olaf is survived by his wife, Maria of Ashland; daughters, Kathryn LeBlanc and Sara Moger of Connecticut; six grandchildren; his brother Erik Paul, of Sydney, Australia; two sisters, Rosine Colford, of Fairfax, Virginia and Francoise Ingersheim, of France.

Following the burial at Eagle Point National Cemetery, a celebration of his life will be held in Ashland. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Hospice of Providence, Medford.

Arrangements: Litwiller Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Oregon. www.litwillersimonsen.com.