In Loving Memory
February 14, 1971 ~ August 24, 2003

Paul Robert Gessendorf aka Pauly P. Jam lost his battle with cancer on Sunday, August 24th at 12:53pm. Buck, his parents, his fiancé, and about a dozen of his family members were called together at 5:30am and were by his bedside all morning. The cancer had spread so badly into his lungs and had created so much of a fluid buildup that there was nothing the doctors could do except administer higher and higher doses of morphine to make sure he felt no pain...

"A good guy that finished first"

Buck, Amy, Tracy, Derrick, Jennifer, David, Jeffie, Uncle Gary, Aunt Sandy, Capt'n Dickie, Matt, Ronnie, Denise, Pam and Ryan were The Council Members along with the family, many friends and neighbors to say good-bye to Pauly at the St. James of the Valley church on Thursday, August 28th, 2003. A beautiful service included a eulogy by Paul's Uncle Dennis who said, "Paul was a good guy. How could this happen to such a good guy? Do good guys really finish last?". But after thinking about it for a moment he realized that we're all still here, so really, Paul finished first! When our time comes, Paul will no doubt be kicked back in a lawn chair with an ice cold one in his hand, just inside the Pearly Gates of Heaven waiting to greet us! But as we walk by and say aren't you coming? Pauly will just smile and say, "You go on, I'll catch up with you later. I'm waiting on a friend".


God looked around his garden,
And found an empty place,
He then looked down upon the earth,
And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you,
And lifted you to rest;
God's garden must be beautiful-
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering,
He knew that you were in pain;
He knew that you would never get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough
And hills were hard to climb
So he closed your weary eyelids
and whispered, "Peace be thine."
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you didn't go alone,
For a part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.



GESSENDORF Paul Robert. Precious daddy of Lexi, Casey, and Cassidy. Loving fiancé of Lara Sowder. Beloved son of Paul and Kathy (Rees) Gessendorf. Dear brother of Lorri Gessendorf. Grandson of Adele and the late Ralph Gessendorf and Nancy and the late Robert Rees. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and his best friend of 20 years Brian Farrell. Paul went home to be with the Lord on August 24, 2003 at the age of 32. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to any Fifth Third Bank in memory of Paul R. Gessendorf for his children Lexi, age 5 and Casey, age 4 months..



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