Paul John Putnam SR


Paul John Putnam took the flight of his life when he entered his heavenly home on December 18, 2017 surrounded by family after a long battle with Parkinson’s and Macular degeneration. He was born November 7, 1932 to ​W. R. “Gordon” & Agnes B. (Goetz) Putnam in a trapper’s cabin outside Homer, Alaska.

The family moved from Alaska to Newberg, OR. when he was 15. His mother attended the 1950 Billy Graham Crusade and responded to the altar call. Agnes invited her children to church where Paul then 17, found Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. His life was transformed as he often said, from “darkness to light”.

He was drafted into the US Army during the Korean Conflict and stationed at Ft. Lewis. He began attending Bethel Assembly & YFC where he met the love of his life, Lois Marilyn Antilla. After his discharge Paul & Lois were married in Tacoma on June 11, 1955.

Paul worked in construction and within a few years established Paul J. Putnam Construction. He built hundreds of custom homes​, apartments and other structures​ in Pierce County, Vashon Island and beyond with the help of Lois​​ in their home office for 43 years. He enjoyed living on Day Island for many years.

​Paul was an accomplished private pilot and a member of the Fosdick Flyers. He loved flying all around North America for family vacations, hunting/fishing trips, airplane shows and any other reason he could come up with​. With his missionary pilot friend, he ​”delivered” a small Cessna 180, flying it from Tacoma to Liberia, West Africa to be used for mission work there​!

Paul was a faithful supporter and leader in God’s Kingdom. He teamed to build Bethel Christian Assembly with nearly all volunteer labor and he led construction of the Family Lodge and several other buildings at Camp Berachah. Paul visited and supported mission fields around the world. He served on boards for Bethel Assembly, Life Center, Life Christian Foundation, and Camp Berachah as an encourager for God’s work.

Paul loved taking Lois and his family on many trips & cruises over the years. One of his biggest thrills was showing his family his log cabin birthplace outside of Homer. As an avid hunter and fisherman, he made ​regular excursions to Canada and​ back to his homeland Alaska for Moose and Salmon​.

Paul’s greatest joy was his family and was part of their activities whenever possible. In later years he travelled the country to cheer his grandsons on the PGA tour.

He was a faithful, loving husband, father, “Papa,”​ brother, uncle and friend to countless; a man with Godly wisdom and a keen mind, yet humble with the revelation that by the grace of God he was saved from sin and shame.

Paul is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lois; children Daniel (Karin) Putnam, Debbie (Bruce) Bodine, Paul (Lisa) Putnam Jr; grandchildren Joel, Jill​​, Michael, ​Julie, ​Greg, Chloe, Andrew, Keegan, Nathan, Karlton and Hadley; 13 great-grandchildren and many nephews & nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and his 5 siblings: Vivian, Bill, Frank, Priscilla & Martha.

A Celebration of Paul’s Life will be held Thursday, December 28, 2:00 PM at Life Center, 1717 South Union Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405

Donations may be made to: Life Christian School Foundation

Arrangements under the care of Chapel of the Resurrection Funeral Home, Bothell, WA.

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