Paul Tolson, 82 of Valparaiso, passed away Friday, July 14, 2023. He was born October 1, 1940, in Tip Top, KY to Daniel and Mae (Jordan) Tolson. Paul graduated from North Judson High School, where he was a star basketball player and record holder for his high scoring abilities. Following high school, Paul proudly served in the United States Air Force for 8 years as a morse code interpreter, leading him to be stationed in Turkey and Okinawa, Japan. Paul worked as a Supervisor for Indiana General before his career as a Postal Carrier for the United States Postal Service, where he retired. He was a member of The Moose Lodge in Valparaiso, and enjoyed gardening and playing in softball leagues. Paul always looked forward to spending time with family and supervising the family reunions. He will be remembered for his laid-back personality and kind nature. Paul will be dearly missed.
Paul is survived by his sons: Paul (Cheryl) Tolson, Jr. of Blytheville, Arkansas, Chad (Jennifer) Tolson of Allendale, Michigan, and Brian Tolson of Valparaiso, Indiana; grandsons: Taylor, Cooper, Easton, and Cameron Tolson; great grandson, Jonah Williams; and siblings: Chalmer (Grace) Tolson, Beulah (Robert) Conyers, Ivory McMahan, and Carol (Kenny) Cameron. He was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Tolson; mother, Mae Tolson Burnett; infant daughter, Paula Tolson; and siblings: Louann Kilmer, Myrtle Young, Amanda Jean Patrick, David Tolson, Fayette Gibson, Daniel Tolson, Jr., and Donald Burnett.
A celebration of Paul’s life will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Disabled American Veterans.
We are so sorry for your loss. Paul was gone way too soon. A song by Brad Paisley, " When I Get To Where I'm Going", reminds me of probably how Paul would want for all of us, ........ only Happy Tears. So in remembrance of Paul, here's Happy Tears, and I love you, my brother. -Carol Cameron and husband, Kenny Kendall
Sorry for your loss! Prayers to the family! -David Conkle
Dad, Cameron and I loved you so so much. Until we see you again, keep swinging for the fences! -Brian Tolson
PAUL, MY BEST FRIEND FROM OKINEWA & Always.I GUESS WE WAITED TO LONG TO GET TOGETHER! Paul & my husband were great friends in the Air Force! We exchanged Christmas cards, a few phone call , & several e-mail!!! Our sympathy goes out to you all! I know he was proud of his country & proud of his family! -Bobby & Fern Whitley
Hard to believe you’re gone Uncle Paul. Your smile was contagious. My deepest condolences to the entire family. -Joe Edwards
I'm extremely saddened by the news of Paul's passing. I was informed that he had been very ill. I'll ALWAYS remember meeting Paul for the 1st time. It was in April 2017, right after I had my artery dissection. We met at Cardiac Rehab. Of course he was shocked I was so young. We'd spend a good 30 mins or so on the rowing machines talking about anything and everything. He was my favorite friend there. We kept in touch via FB from time to time. I'm going to miss our conversions, Paul. You were special to me. Sending love and condolences to you and your entire family. See ya later! -Amanda Spagnola
Uncle Paul will always be close to my heart. I'm so so sorry for the loss for our family. The Tolson's, each and every one of this family, are kind and loving souls. I hadn't seen him in many many years but will always have very fond memories. May you forever rest in peace Uncle Paul. -Amy Jo Tolson
So sorry for your loss, always remember the good times. Prayers to all the family from Birdie Conkle. -Roberta Conkle