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Paul Nelson Gandt

Paul Nelson Gandt, of Medford, Ore. passed away Wednesday October 21, 2015, at home with his family at his side. Paul was 90 years old.

Paul was a long-term Rogue Valley resident, having moved there from Milwaukee, Wis. in 1953. A teacher for 31 years in the Medford School District, Paul was also in charge of special education programs. Paul was locally famous as the “Voice of the Black Tornado." He had many jobs in addition to teaching, and was an avid golfer from his youth in Milwaukee all the way through his retirement years. Paul served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII as a small-boat operator.

Paul Gandt had many friends in the Rogue Valley. He is survived by his sons, Mark and Tom Gandt; his sisters Caroline Mills, Julie Birdsong, and Ginnie Lee; and his cousins, Susan Ritches, Doug McGinty, and Carol Gerity.

Paul’s funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday November 9, 2015 at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. A celebration of life will immediately follow the service, from noon to 7:00 p.m. at Paul’s house at 313 Eastwood, Medford, Ore.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Paul Gandt Memorial Fund / Junior Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Educational Program. Please contact Tom Gandt at 530-545-3050 or at tmgandt@sbcglobal.net.

Paul Nelson Gandt