Nick Paul, age 92, passed away on Jan. 15, 2020, at Powell Valley Care Center.
He was born on July 10, 1927, in St. Anthony, North Dakota. He was the son of Joseph Paul and Franciscka (Hoffman) Paul.
Prior to marriage, Nick served for the United States Air Force and then he married the love of his life, Rosemary Schmidt, on Oct. 16, 1951.
Nick and Rose both decided to leave the farm. They proceeded to live in Yakima, Washington, and then moved to Billings, Montana, where Nick gained employment with Sweetheart Bread Company. He eventually transferred to Cody in 1958. He was known throughout Cody and delivered Sweetheart bread for 17 years.
Following their ambitions, Nick and Rose purchased and operated the Geyser Drive Inn Restaurant for eight years with all their children working with them. However, the job that gave him the most joy was driving the Cody Athletics “Bronc” Bus for the Cody School District, which he did for 14 years before retiring. He enjoyed interacting with all the students, teachers and coaches.
Nick was very active in the Cody community. He served on the Cody City Council for his district and was very proud to serve. He was also a lifetime member of the Cody Elks Lodge and was a member of the Cody Eagles Lodge. Nick was very active in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was awarded Grand Knight Status.
You would always see Nick walking around town, visiting with everyone. He would have friends over and play cards. During family gatherings he always had to cook the hamburgers and hot dogs (must be the Geyser thing). He loved his grandchildren and would always play with them.
Nick will forever be loved and deeply missed by his wife Rosemary, his children, grandchildren, sons and daughter in-law, great-grandchildren and the many friends he had.
Nick was preceded in death by his parents; his oldest son David Thomas Paul; seven brothers: Joe, Jack, George, John, Fabian, Peter, and Tony Paul; and two sisters, Margaret Fried and Catherine Kottsick.
Nick is survived by his wife Rosemary; his children, Nicky Scott (Wayne) of Cody, Debbie Eckhardt (Stu) of Powell, Thaddeus Paul (Jill) of Cody, and Cindy Hanson (Jay) of Billings, Montana; six grandchildren, Jason Scott (Jen), Jake Eckhardt, Jessica Hannig (Mark), Dustin Paul (Lynnet), Stephanie McArthur (Mitchell), Jeremy Paul; step-grandchildren, Mike Eckhardt and Sheree Bullock; seven great-grandchildren, Isla Scott, Nora Scott, Zaphira Paul, Nylea Paul, Uriel Paul, Maliktah Paul and Ryker McArthur; and two sisters, Perpetua (Pat) Miltenberger and Clara Markel of Mandan, North Dakota.
A vigil and rosary for the deceased will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be at St. Anthony’s on Friday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m., with burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery. An online guestbook is available at www.BallardFH.com.