“So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think for a moment that we’re far apart, for every time you think of me, I’m right here, in your heart.” Paul Entzminger was called to be with his precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on June 8, 2021. He was born February 26, 1932, on a farm in LaMoure County, North Dakota. He moved with his parents to Kulm, N.D. in 1943. Upon graduation from Kulm High School in 1949, Paul attended a Practical Trade School in Minneapolis, MN to learn the refrigeration repair trade. He did not follow this career because he was subject to draft during the Korean War. In 1951 he enlisted in the US Air Force and served for 20 years in Medical Administration.His career in the US Air Force took him to Texas, New Mexico, Germany, Wyoming, Nebraska, Puerto Rico and finally to Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, where he retired. Following retirement from the US Air Force, he joined St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise, Idaho, where he served 20 years on the Hospital Management Team. He retired from St. Alphonsus on August 31, 1991, and continued to remain active with his numerous hobbies. He never lacked for something to do.Paul was very active in his church. His greatest love was the Friday Night “WE PRAY MINISTRY” Team, and he was also active in the Stephen Ministry. He enjoyed Bible Study as he truly loved people. His heart’s desire is that everyone should come to know their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and have a personal relationship with Him.He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. His real joy was to minister to the needs of his lovely wife of 55 years, Esther, especially the last 3 months of her life until she passed away December 18, 2008. He was blessed a second time when Jerene Baker came into his life. Paul and Jerene were married November 11, 2011, and their lives were filled with love and laughter.Survivors include his wife, Jerene; two sons, David (Melanie) and Steven (Maryann); three daughters, Karen Thomas (Steve), Laura Hartz (Tony), and Paula Madsen (Ben); three stepdaughters, Sally Brown (Ron), Morgana Wyze (Vern), Jan Baker; thirteen grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one sister, Viola Nell; and one sister-in-law Joan Shaver.Paul was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, three brothers and two sisters.A service to celebrate his life will be held on August 14, 2021 at 2pm at Meridian United Methodist Church, 240 E. Idaho, Meridian, ID. In lieu of flowers, please consider a financial contribution to the Youth Ministry at Meridian United Methodist Church.
I’m so sorry to hear Paul passing away. I used to clean his house for him and Jeren. Paul was such a nice man. He would talk to me about his fish fossils. This truly breaks my heart. My condolences to his family. God bless