December 31, 1927 - May 12, 2020
Paul Henry Domke, 92, of Valparaiso, Indiana, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. He was born December 31, 1927, in Valparaiso to Edward and Shirley (Foster) Domke and graduated from Valparaiso High School in 1945.
Paul retired with 34 years of service from U.S. Steel in Gary, Indiana, in 1983 as a foreman in its sheet and tin mill. He was a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Valparaiso.
Traveling with family throughout the United States, especially in the national parks and internationally, brought him much enjoyment. Golfing also was a passion and offered him travel opportunities as he played on courses in the majority of U.S states.
He also enjoyed his daily devotions, riding his tractor, western movies and books, horses, crossword puzzles and Wile E. Coyote from Road Runner cartoon fame.
On June 15, 1946, Paul married Marcelle Thorpe, who survives. They were one month shy of celebrating 74 years of marriage.
Also surviving are their four children: Paula Rukavina, Carla (Dr. Michael) Weiss and Gayla Domke, all of Valparaiso, and Keith E. (Nancy) Domke of Boerne, Texas; sister Arlene Miller of Valparaiso; grandchildren Tim (Jody) Saylor of Nappanee, Indiana, Kevin Saylor of Dallas, Texas, Megan (Chris) Marolf, Kaitlin Weiss and Amelia Domke, all of Valparaiso, Rachelle (Charles) Willgren of Blanco, Texas, and Justine Domke of Missouri; great-grandchildren Carolyn, Jacob, Natalie, Owen, Hugo, Khalen and Ezekiel; and many nieces, nephews, Godchildren and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, William and Leonard Domke.
A private memorial service is scheduled for Friday, May 22, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Valparaiso. A celebration of Paul’s life will take place during the summer.
Memorial donations may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Valparaiso.