|Birth: ||Dec. 27, 1941|
|Death: ||Feb. 26, 2007|
ROSCOE - Paul K. Smith, 65, of Roscoe passed away at 2:25 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, in his home after a short illness surrounded by his loving family. Born Dec. 27, 1941, in Chicago, the son of John C. and Helen (Rogers) Smith, and was a special son-in-law to the late Irwin and Isabel Younk. Paul lived in the Rockford/Roscoe area for 38 years. He married the love of his life, Mary Ellen Younk "Mary my Ellen" on Aug. 14, 1963. Paul and Mary met while juniors in high school in Menomonee Falls, Wis., and knew from the beginning that they would always be together.
Paul is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Mary; their children, Scott A. Smith of Lancaster, Pa., Carol (Adam) Smith-Fisher of Berwyn, Pa., Jeffrey P. Smith of Chicago and Jennifer (Keith) Hultgren of Rockford; Paul is also survived by his beautiful grandchildren, Holly and Hayden Smith, Hannah Fisher, Megan Mary "Muffin" and twins Jacob and Kaitlin Hultgren; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, great-nieces, great-nephews and many other relatives and friends.
Paul and Mary graduated from Menomonee Falls High School in 1960; Paul then spent a year at MacMurray College, Jacksonville and graduated from SIU Carbondale with a bachelor of science degree in Organic Chemistry. He went on to receive his master of science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Delaware. Paul was a brilliant and dedicated research chemist. He was a member of the American Chemical Society for 30 years and a member of Mensa. He was president and owner of BioAffinity Systems, Inc. in Rockford for the past 14 years and has 12 patents assigned to his name. He had previously been employed by Pierce Chemical Company of Rockford and Allied Chemical Company of Marcus Hook, Pa. Paul was a quiet, private person with a great sense of humor. He valued truth and integrity. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and loved working around his home and yard. He especially enjoyed tending to his and Mary's beloved grapefruit tree, grown from a grapefruit seed they saved from their senior prom. That tree is now 47 years old and has a room build onto their home for its safekeeping. The tree has been a symbol of Mary and Paul's undying love for each other. Paul loved his family with his whole being and was a wonderful father and grandfather. He coached his sons' Little League baseball team when the boys were younger. Paul had a special place in his heart for his Roscoe Red Stars. They didn't have the best record in the league but they were a special group of boys with a lot of heart and they never gave up. They all learned a lot about the game and teamwork from Paul. Paul was also a Civil War buff and he and his son, Scott, spent many happy hours exploring the battlefields at Gettysburg. He shared his wonderful love of scientific discussion with his daughter, Carol, and his love of political discussion with his son, Jeff. He spent many hours supporting his daughter, Jennifer at her many gymnastic and cheerleading events. He gave all the grandchildren "crawling lessons" and taught them so much about history, science and nature. He spent hours with them looking at leaves and frogs and digging up arrowheads in the yard. Nothing made them happier than being with those children and being a part of their lives.
Service at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 2 in Delehanty Funeral Home Ltd, 401 River Lane, Loves Park with Father David Beauvais officiating. Visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the funeral home. Burial in Pinnacle Hill Cemetery, Roscoe. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Paul's name to Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1165 Morris Park Ave., Room 325D, Bronz, NY 10461, where he was an integral part of ongoing research to develop artificial blood.
Rockford Register Star, Thursday, March 1, 2007 p. 20.
Pinnacle Hill Cemetery
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