Paul E. Conte, 1921-2010. Parents: Philip and Margaret (deceased). Siblings: Richard and Phillip (deceased). Beloved husband of Betty, respected and loved stepfather of: Louise “Penny” Trimble (deceased), Nona (John) Reidy, Sarah (Kelvin) Schultz, and Melvin “Chip” (Lee) Kinkade. He was grandfather of Roshelle, Rayleen, Richard, Eric, Jeremy, Meloney, Jessica and Melissa. These grandchildren gave him 28 beautiful great-grandchildren. Paul graduated from DePaul University, played football from grade school through college, and was a lifeguard, refereed basketball and football for 32 years, judged swimming and diving meets. He was a member of the Pensacola Elks Lodge. He served as a chief in the Navy during WWll, stationed in Africa and the European theater. He worked at a VA hospital as a corrective therapist for 32 years, working with the mentally challenged and alcohol abusers. He taught group coordination, teamwork, self-worth, and personal responsibility, as well as physical therapy. One of his most worthy accomplishments was inventing and constructing the aquatic water wheel which sat in the Olympic pool and enabled him to accommodate 28 patients at a time rather than individually. This water wheel is used today in many hospitals. He traveled throughout the US demonstrating the wheel. He was loved and revered by friends, coworkers, and family. He received many honors, and accolades from professionals and hospital staff. He was constantly thanked by those patients he helped get back into life. He lived an active, honorable, and productive life. We, his family, are proud of the life he has led and will miss him. The Funeral Service will be on Thursday, November 11 at 11 AM at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Waupaca with Father Nigel Bousfield, officiating. Military graveside services will follow in the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, King, Wisconsin. Visitation will be on Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 PM at the Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Paul’s name.
Go with God, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. We love you!