Deaths: Ray A. Paul

We are sorry to report the passing of Ray A. Paul, husband of past CAA president Lynn (Laux) Paul. We offer our condolences to Lynn and her family and friends. Ray was active in amateur astronomy in Cleveland and in Akron, where he served as observatory director of the astronomy club of Akron. Ray and Lynn were very active amateur astronomers and experienced astro-photographers. They enjoyed trips together out West for stargazing and photography.

Ray, age 65, was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran and Bronze Star recipient. Services were held at St. Peter and Paul Church in Doylestown, OH. Burial was in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

The following obituary was published in The Cleveland Plain Dealer on March 5, 2012:

PAUL RAY A. PAUL, age 65. Beloved husband of Lynn (nee Kuhel). Loving father of Ryan Paul, Katherine Laux and Christopher Laux. Dearest son of Claire (nee Trunk) and the late Stanley Paul. Dear brother of Anita Stanners (Bob), Elaine Paul-Muelas, Jeff Paul (Linda) and Robert Paul (Tina). Dear son in law of Jim and Irene Kuhel. Also survived by aunts, uncle, nieces, nephews, great nephews, cousins and many dear friends. U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran and Bronze Star recipient. Member of Cuyahoga Astronomical Association and former observatory director of the astronomy club of Akron. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday March 7, 2012 St. Peter & Paul Church, 161 W. Clinton St., Doylestown, Ohio at 11:00 AM. Final Resting Place Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the A. RIPEPI & SONS FUNERAL HOME, 18149 BAGLEY ROAD, MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OHIO 44130, 440-260-8800 (WEST OF I-71).

Deaths: Al Panzer, club co-founder, 84

Long-time member and co-founder of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association, Alexander (“Al”) A. Panzer died Friday, Oct. 28. He was 84.

Panzer had a deep interest and love for astronomy, especially solar observing and telescope building. He built several large telescopes and donated some of his equipment for use at the CAA’s observatory. He was also active in amateur (“ham”) radio; he was W8ZEP.

Visitation will take place Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 4 to 7:45 PM, with a closing service at 7:45 PM at the Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Road, Parma. If desired, please meet at Lake View Cemetery, (Euclid entrance) for a brief committal service on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 1:15 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Click the following link to read the obituary published in The Plain Dealer.