Richard “Dick” Pauls


Richard “Dick” James Pauls began his life journey on Aug. 6, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois, with the Lord entrusting him to Richard James Pauls and Lorean Gertrude (Breedlove) Pauls.

During his time on earth, he lived in Fairland for many years. In January 1941, Richard enlisted in the U.S. Navy. On Dec. 7, 1941, Richard was proudly serving on the USS Medusa in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

He would later be identified in a time-honored group known as the Pearl Harbor Survivors and the Greatest Generation.

After Richard’s service to our country, he went on to become a chief chemist at Citizens Gas & Coke Utility in Indianapolis, retiring after 37 years.Richard spent his retirement days traveling, golfing or fishing.

He was a long-standing member of Greenwood Christian Church and the Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 107, F.&A.M.

Preceding Richard in death are two wives, “Bert” Morgan Pauls and Fran Adamson Pauls; three brothers, Robert Pauls, Tom Nelson and Jack Nelson; and stepson, Paul “P.D.” Adamson.

Those left to carry on his legacy include daughter, Kyle Rene Wehr (Tom) of Fairland, son, Jerry Lee Pauls (Judy) of Wanamaker; several grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Richard lived a life of love and adventure.

He went to his eternal home to rest in the arms of Jesus on Friday, July 14, 2017.

A celebration of life will be held on his 95th birthday, Aug. 6. For more information regarding the location, please email

Memorial contributions are appreciated to the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, SDPHS Natl Treas-Mary Purifoy, 7846 Hastings St., Jacksonville, FL 32220.

You are invited to read Richard’s obituary at, where you may leave an online condolence with the family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilson St.Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel.