Paul Lester Southard, 86, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013. He was born in Gilford, N.H. to Paul Alfred Southard and Esther Mary Sawyer.

Paul served in World War II as a Merchant Marine. He worked as a salesman for Hopper Machine Works before opening his own steel supply company in Lancaster, Calif. He enjoyed traveling, yard work, photography, and figuring out word puzzles.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Violet Marie Prettol, the daughter of Enrico Prettol and Angela Bertolla. Violet passed away Thursday, January 3, 2013. As an executive secretary, she worked for Great Lakes Carbon in Rosamond, Calif. and for The Boeing Company in Lancaster, Calif. She was a skilled artist, enjoyed cooking, and tending her flowers.

They lived in Medford, Ore. for 15 years. They had seven children, 27 grandchildren, and 57 great-grandchildren.

A military honors service will be held at Eagle Point National Cemetery, 2763 Riley Rd., Eagle Point, Ore. Friday, April 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will immediately follow the service.

A memorial service will be held at Faith EV. Lutheran Church, 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford, Ore. Friday, April 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.