Online Obituaries

In Loving Memory
Paul Mitchell Immel
3/27/1955 - 4/21/2010

Paul Mitchell Immel 55, Bristol Village, Waverly, OH, passed away on April 21, 2010 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on March 27, 1955 in Marietta, OH and was the eldest son of Paul Lee and Betty (Cozzens) Immel also of Bristol Village.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his brother Allyn S. Immel, nephew Geoffrey A. Immel, and niece Katherin Marie Immel, all of Duluth, Georgia. He is also survived by his uncle Jerry Cozzens and his wife Lynda of Columbus, OH, and his uncle David Barth and his wife Lois of Burbank, IL and an aunt Susan Mongomery of Circleville, OH.

Paul graduated from Marietta College and Ohio University with degrees in History, Political Science, and Secondary Education. Paul retired from the State Library of Ohio as a Genealogy Librarian after serving over thirty years. He was well known throughout the state for his knowledge of genealogy, and as a historian and speaker.

He received two prestigious awards in his field of work: the Presidents Award from the Ohio Genealogical Society in 2007: and the Silver Medal for Citizenship from the Ohio Sons of the American Revolution in 2008. He was a member of the Washington County Historical Society and the Benjamin Fearing Post of the Ohio Sons of Union Veterans in Marietta, OH. He was a member of the beautiful Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grove City, OH.

His wishes were to be cremated and be interred in the family masoleum at East Lawn Memorial Park.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1 PM Wednesday May 5, 2010 at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel with Pastor Kevin Westra officiating.

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Online Condolences
From: Jeff Gatten  
Relationship:  Co-worker at one point in time

This is very sad. I always liked talking with Paul. When I worked with him at the Marietta Public Library he was a role model. Used to visit him at the State Library when I attended OSU.
Sent:  4/22/2010
From: Leigh Winner   Columbus
Relationship:  Co-worker

Paul will never be forgotten, he was such a kind soul. I enjoyed working with him over the years here at the State Library of Ohio. You will be missed.
Sent:  4/23/2010
From: Ashlee Clark   Columbus
Relationship:  Co-worker

My deepest sympathies to the family of Paul Immel. I worked with Paul at the State Library of Ohio for five years. The amount of people he helped in that time was remarkable. Paul was always upbeat and he had such a great laugh. I am honored to have worked with and known such a wonderful person.
Sent:  4/23/2010
From: John Bittel   Columbus
Relationship:  co-worker and friend

I enjoyed very much working with Paul for 20 years and having him as a friend. He was a gentleman and a scholar. Paul left us much too soon. He will certainly be missed by many people.
Sent:  4/23/2010
From: Robert Kelly   Columbus
Relationship:  Co-worker

I worked with Paul at the State Library of Ohio for some 30 years. We worked on the Genealogy collection together and with his guidance got the whole collection organized and he was so happy and proud of this accomplishment when it was completed. We became great friends over the many years we worked on that collection and I am going to miss him greatly. We could talk about and laugh about everything. He was so admired for his work with Genealogy around Ohio. He was a great guy and I will miss him dearly... This is a terrible loss and my heart goes out to his family and friends.
Sent:  4/23/2010
From: Allison Hoggatt   Columbus
Relationship:  Co-worker

In the 8 years that I worked with Paul he not only gave me great guidance in genealogy research but was also a great inspiration in life. He showed me how to maintain the positive in all things. The State Library as well as the State of Ohio has lost a great genealogist, historian and friend. My prayers and heart are with the family right now for their loss.
Sent:  4/23/2010
From: Jo Budler   Auburn
Relationship:  Friend and colleague

I worked with Paul for several years at the State Library. His dedication to our customers was exemplary. I always admired his great faith and his positive attitude. Please know that he was much loved and will be missed very much by so many.
Sent:  4/23/2010
From: Linda Savage   Columbus
Relationship:  Coworker & friend

Paul was one of a group of us that started working at the State Library back in 1979. He was very intelligent and an expert on Genealogy. We had many long conversations the last few years while we were working on the Genealogy project. He was so passionate about Genealogy and knew so much about it and was greatly admired here and across the state. We've all missed him here since he retired, and my condolences to his family and friends.
Sent:  4/23/2010
From: Gretchen Persohn   Columbus
Relationship:  Friend

I had the pleasure of working with Paul for almost 10 years at the State Library and I will miss him very much. His wit, charm and good cheer made every day more enjoyable. He touched so many lives and was so loved by so many, he will be missed.
Sent:  4/23/2010
From: Doris Henderhan   Marietta
Relationship:  Friend and co-worker

My deepest sympathy to Paul's family. I worked with Paul at the State Library. It was always a pleasure to see and talk to Paul. He was one of the kindest most knowedgeable, helpful persons I have ever known. I'll never forget him. It was a privilege to have known him.
Sent:  4/24/2010
From: Judy Alcott   Columbus
Relationship:  co-worker and friend

Paul was one of the kindest, sincere, gentle people I ever had the pleasure of knowing. He certainly left this earth better off for having lived on it. My deepest sympathies to the Immel Family.
Sent:  4/24/2010
From: Joan Johnson   Galloway
Relationship:  Friend and former co-worker

I am so sorry for your loss. Paul was a dear friend and we will miss him terribly. I enjoyed many evening meals with him and friends over the years and was very sadden when he became ill. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. His memory will remain in my heart forever. God bless his family and keep him close to your heart. He will always be there.
Sent:  4/26/2010
From: Jeff Heard   Dayton
Relationship:  Former Co-Worker

I worked closely will Paul Immel when I was at State Library. He was a warm and friendly guy. We talked often and I enjoyed talking with him. He had a vast knowledge of Genealogy and History. I will miss him very much.
Sent:  4/27/2010
From: Mark Williams   West Hills
Relationship:  friend

I grew up in Marietta, OH and lived about 4 houses away from Paul.(Burge residence) Didn't know him well but we often walked home from the school bus together and I enjoyed talking with him. The street and houses along Coventry Rd. in Marietta are ingrained in my mind and I can see it like it was yesterday. I offer my sympathy and wish you well. Thank you.
Sent:  4/28/2010
From: Darlene Weaver   Circleville
Relationship:  friend, fellow researcher

My condolences to Paul's family. He was a role model for those of us who manage local genealogical societies. He was a fun person and told me of his trips down Rt. 23 thru Pickaway County - singing "Look away, look away, look away, Pickaway!"
Sent:  4/29/2010
From: Jim Hogan   Springfield
Relationship:  Friend

With sincere sympathy to Paul's family and friends. I knew Paul as a business associate and a friend and was very saddened to hear of his passing. I will remember Paul as a kind, intelligent, and caring individual and one who loved and respected his parents greatly. We often talked of Mr. and Mrs. Immel when we met and I am thankful that he was able to spend his final days with those he cared so deeply for. My very best to Paul's family as they wait to see him again.
Sent:  4/29/2010
From: Linda Minor Coleman   Marysville
Relationship:  Patron of Ohio State Library Genealogy Department

I'm so saddened to learn of Paul's passing. Paul was most generous with his time, patience, expertise, and knowledge. The days I spent doing research in the Ohio State Library Genealogy department hold wonderful memories of the especially welcoming atmosphere that Paul helped to create. A beautiful soul has left this world, and we are the less for that loss. I was blessed to have known him. My condolences to your family.
Sent:  4/29/2010
From: Leslie Rorer   Gibsonville
Relationship:  Classmate of Al's

Dear Al and Family, May Our Precious Lord and Savior wrap His loving arms around you and your family during this time. I will continue to pray for you. May God keep you in His grace. Leslie Daniels-Rorer
Sent:  4/29/2010
From: Ken Dayton   pensacola
Relationship:  friend since high school

I will always remember Paul and the HOURS of political conversations we had when we were just kids....his knowledge and outlooks always challenged you. My deepest sympathy to the family at the loss of a great man.
Sent:  4/30/2010
From: Alan Hall   Steubenville
Relationship:  Friend

Paul and I were in school together and worked at the Washington County Public Library together from 1971-74. We both became librarians, and shared our delight of our careers and we shared a cancer diagnosis. The world of genealogy will certainly miss Paul, his contribution is enormous and will live on forever. God bless you, Paul.
Sent:  4/30/2010
From: Paul Evans   Marietta
Relationship:  Friend

Paul was truly a mentor to me when I was a pre-teen and young teenager and he was working at the Washington County Public Library. He whetted my interest in research and record-keeping, which has remained with me to this day.
Sent:  5/1/2010
From: Jeff Danner   Frostburg
Relationship:  Former co-worker

+ Paul was always kind and full of information, and always of service to others at the Washington County Public Library in Marietta, Ohio. I heard of his death with great sadness, and pray for peace & comfort to all of his family and friends. in X, jeff
Sent:  5/1/2010
From: Louise Zimmer   Marietta
Relationship:  former co-worker and friend

Paul was a joy to work with - he always gave his whole-hearted attention to every project - nothing too insignificant, nothing too big for him to tackle! He leaves quite a legacy - in the field of research as well as in his many friendships. He will be missed.
Sent:  5/2/2010
From: John Dempsey   Marietta
Relationship:  Friend, Co-worker

I was friends with Paul when we were in high school and worked with him at the Washington County Public Library in the early 70's. I hadn't kept up with him through the years but it is clear from the comments here that Paul's great sense of humor, fierce intelligence and basic goodness stayed with him throughout his life. Condolences to his family and friends.
Sent:  5/2/2010
From: Karen Lamp   Cottonwood
Relationship:  Former Co-worker

Paul was a wonderful person who was a pleasure to work with and talk to. I worked with him at the State Library for many years. He loved his job in Genealogy and the patrons loved and respected him. My condolences to his family and friends.
Sent:  5/3/2010
From: Brian W. Worstell   Marietta
Relationship:  Classmate

I went to Middle School and High School with Paul. He was a fun, witty guy with a great intellect. He left this world too soon, and we are the lesser for his passing.
Sent:  5/4/2010
From: Jim Barbee   Reynoldsburg
Relationship:  Friend

I know Paul from the time when the SLO still had the genealogical collection. Paul was very helpful to me when I was doing research for family history projects. But beyond that, I considered him a friend as we often engaged in conversations about other topics as well. I will miss him. My condolences to his family.
Sent:  5/5/2010
From: Ernie Thode   Marietta
Relationship:  Friend

As a genealogy librarian in Marietta, Ohio, I benefit frequently from the index to the S. Durward Hoag scrapbook collection that he and his friend Alan Hall made while he worked here. He kindly gave me and my wife a personal tour of the State Library while the collection was in the tall state office tower, spoke to our local genealogy society, and was always very helpful.
Sent:  5/5/2010
From: William Fischer, Jr.   Galloway
Relationship:  SUVCW Dept of Ohio Chaplain

The Department of Ohio, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, sends heartfelt condolences to the family of Brother Paul Immel. Brother Immel's service of genealogist at the State Library has enriched the lives of thousands of people throughout Ohio and our nation. The Sons of Union Veterans salute our comrade for his selfless service to others. He is missed.
Sent:  5/5/2010
From: Miriam Kahn   Columbus
Relationship:  former coworker - long term colleague

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Paul, talked with him, and shared my research projects. Paul taught me so much about genealogy, research, and local history. He was always willing to talk to my students. His advice, smile, laugh, and good heart will be sorely missed. He lives on in my memories.
Sent:  5/6/2010
From: Lethene Parks   Vancouver
Relationship:  Library user

As a patron of the State Library of Ohio I had several encounters with Paul. He was exceptionally knowlegeable and helpful and helped me find much family information. A few years later the Blair Society for Genealogical Research, of which I am a member, asked him to speak at our annual meeting. Again, exceptional knowledge and helpfulness. For all those I know who had ever met Paul and been helped by him at the library, he stands out as one of the very best genealogical librarians we have had the pleasure to meet and work with. We will miss him as I know his family does.
Sent:  5/6/2010
From: Cheri Wilks   Columbus
Relationship:  coworker

I want to express my sadness at hearing of the passing of Paul. He was a wonderful man. I worked with him at the State Library. Paul was so intelligent, kind and generous. He will be missed. Paul will always be a giant in the genealogy world. I still have a bibliography that he did on African American genealogy. Mr. & Mrs Immel, you raised a wonderful son of whom you can be very proud. You are in my prayers along with the rest of your family as you grief your profound loss.
Sent:  6/14/2010

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