Range Funeral Homes


Paul Edward Panula

06/06/1925 - 08/30/2018

Paul Edward Panula, 93, of Babbitt, and former longtime resident of Hibbing, joined the saints eternal on August 30, 2018 at Carefree Living, Babbitt, MN. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 15 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hibbing at 1:00 p.m., with visitation beginning at noon, followed by coffee in the church Fellowship Hall and burial at Maple Hill Cemetery.   Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

Paul was born June 6, 1925, to Alex and Minnie Panula in Bear River. He grew up helping on the family dairy farm, attending Togo School and Grand Rapids High School. He served in the Army Air Corps, trained as an auto mechanic, and was stationed on Adak Island in the Aleutians. After his military service, Paul worked at Lerch Brothers and Hanna Mining’s research lab.  In October 1955, Paul married “the girl next door,” Martha Brock, at Bear River Lutheran Church. They raised their children, Don and Evelyn, in Hibbing and were members of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. He worked as a truck driver at the Hull Rust mine and millwright at National Steel in Keewatin.

Paul’s favorite pastimes started at an early age: listening to polka music and dancing, following the news, and visiting family and friends. After he retired, Paul and Martha traveled to Finland to visit his relatives.

Paul is survived by his son, Don of Hibbing; daughter, Evelyn (Steve) Weston of Babbitt; grandsons, Sam, Ben, and Jon; nieces, Gail Panula of Tulsa, and Judy (Dick) Hines of Hanson, MA; cousin, Eva Kallio of Ohio; brother-in-law, Martin (Arlyn) Brock; other in-laws, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Eino; half-sister, Aili Johnson; and his wife, Martha.

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Saturday 09/15/2018 at 1:00 P.M.
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, East 23rd Street, Hibbing, MN, USA

Visitation begins at 12:00 p.m.