Paul Ewing |

Paul Ewing

A vigil rosary for Paul E. Ewing of Grass Valley will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. Friday at St. Canice Catholic Church in Nevada City. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at St. Canice. Inurnment will be private.

Mr. Ewing died Saturday, March 9, at his daughter’s home in Grass Valley. He was 80.

He was born Sept. 20, 1921, in Parsons, Kan., to Hollis E. and Velma M. (Mattingly) Ewing. He moved to California as a teen-ager and graduated from Loyola High School in Los Angeles in 1939. He started Loyola University on a football scholarship before joining the war effort. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aerial gunner in a B-24 throughout World War II. Upon leaving the service, he married Bernice E. Brady on Feb. 1, 1945.

He began his career at Rich Manufacturing in Corona, working his way up from custodian to president. During his 45-year career, he earned degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering and acquired 30 patents. He retired in 1982 and built a log home in Idyllwild. He moved to Grass Valley in 2001.

He enjoyed woodworking and genealogy, and was active in the Queen of Angels Catholic Church and the local VFW lodge.

He is survived by his daughters Sheryl McKelvey of Grass Valley and Peggy Smith of Paso Robles; sons Robert Ewing of Paso Robles, and William Ewing and Thomas Ewing of Escondido; brothers Robert L. Ewing of Costa Mesa, Jack Ewing of San Jacinto and Roger Ewing of Artesia; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; sister, Mary Ann Kisselbach, and grandson, Joseph P. McKelvey.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary.

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