Oscar L. Paden, a resident of Grove Manor, Grove City, passed away at 10:41 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014. He was 91.
Oscar was born June 27, 1922, in Lawrence County to Riley and Gula Hoffmeister Paden.
He graduated in 1940 from Mt. Jackson High School.
Mr. Paden served in the Army, 461st anti-aircraft battalion, in Europe during World War II. He went into Normandy on D-Day plus 7 and followed the front until they met the Russians at the Elba River. He received a Bronze Star and a battlefield commission.
Following the war, Oscar remained active in the Army Reserves, graduating from Command General Staff College and teaching officers training classes until he retired in 1979 with a rank of colonel.
Oscar graduated from Penn State University in 1949 with a teaching degree and earned a master’s degree in administration from University of Pittsburgh in 1952. He taught vocational agriculture in Claysville, Pa., before returning Grove City to start the Agriculture Department in the Grove City School District in 1950. In 1966, he became an administrator at Grove City High School and retired as an administrator at Reynolds High School in 1982.
In retirement, Oscar and his wife traveled extensively throughout the United States and overseas and spent parts of 25 winters in Florida. He enjoyed reading, gardening, golf and playing horseshoes.
As a member of East Main Presbyterian Church, he served as an elder, a deacon, and Sunday school teacher. Oscar served in similar capacities while a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Hermitage. He also served on the Board of the Seneca Hills Bible Camp and Conference Center for 25 years.
Mr. Paden’s wife, Evelyn Maxwell Paden, whom he married Sept. 14, 1949, passed away Aug. 16, 2012.
He is survived by four children, Linda Bennett and her husband Bruce, Grove City; Laura Lee Davis and her husband Calvin, Lancaster; Beth Slippey and her husband William, Harrisburg; John M. Paden and his wife Paula, Fairview, Pa.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Besides, his wife, Oscar was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Claire and Verne; a sister, Viola Conder; and his step mother, Cora Paden.
Memorial contributions may be made to Seneca Bible Camp and Conference Center, 276 Damascus Road, Polk, PA 16342.
Oscar L., 91, of Grove City.
Calling hours: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (4-8-14 ) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City; and 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday (4-9-14) in East Main Presbyterian Church, 120 E. Main St., Grove City.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Wednesday (4-9-14) in East Main Presbyterian Church, 120 E. Main Street, Grove City, with the Rev. Bill Hoffman officiating.
Burial: Crestview Memorial Park, Grove City.