In Johnstown, Pa., on Sept. 14, 1923, Paul was born, the son of Michael and Ella Zupko Babbey. When Paul was two weeks old, the family relocated to Newton Falls.
In his formative years, Paul obtained his education in the Newton Falls school system, graduating from Newton Falls High School in 1941. After graduation, he moved to Pennsylvania to live with family.
While living in Pittsburgh, Paul began the pursuit of his dream to obtain a position on a major league baseball team. He began his early career as a 3rd baseman and pitcher in the minor league teams of the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox.
With World War II in progress, Paul put his career aside to serve his country and entered the U.S. Army Air Force on July 6, 1943. Paul was an aerial engineer assigned to the China Defensive and Offensive, which was needed to defend the Burma Supply Line. He would volunteer to serve with the American Volunteer Group, nicknamed the Flying Tigers. Paul served his country honorably and was discharged on Jan. 13, 1946.
On Nov. 23, 1946, Paul V. Bobbey and Marion E. Kocis were united in marriage at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Newton Falls. As a parishioner of St. Joseph Church, Paul served his parish family by serving on the cemetery committee, parish council and would assist the parish when needed. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3350.
Paul served his community by participating in the renovation of the Newton Falls Dam Project and as a Newton Township Trustee. He would also give his time to provide transportation to those who needed to visit a loved one in a local hospital.
Paul was the owner/operator of Bobbeys JMC, a service station and towing company. In conjunction with this business, he built a car wash and operated the Certified Gas Station in Newton Falls. His firm sponsored many teams in various sports.
Sports continued to interest Paul during his life. He had earned his Professional Bowlers Association card and he was inducted into the Portage County Mens Bowling Hall of Fame and the Warren Mens Bowling Association Hall of Fame. Paul had bowled several 300 games. He also enjoyed attending various sporting events.
Pauls pet dog, Tula, provided him with many years of enjoyment. The highlight of each day was going to McDonalds to visit with friends. Paul would have a story to tell you, if you had a minute. As a family man, he would encourage his children and provide them with the opportunity to pursue their education and interests.
Memories of Paul will be carried on by his loving and caring children, Paul J. Jim and his wife, Linda Bobbey of Newton Falls, Christine and her husband, Jerry Lippe of Dublin and Maureen and her husband, Kevin Martin of Newton Falls; and his beloved grandchildren, Matthew (Carla), Adam, Heather, Caitlin, Megan and Ryan; his great-grandchildren, Brooke and Wyatt.
Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Marion, on July 14, 2005; his parents; his sisters, Margaret Peggy Hunter and Alice Marchaza; and his brothers, Michael Babbey and Bernard Bobbey.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Borowski Memorial Home in Newton Falls, where the Knights of Columbus will conduct a service at 1:30 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary and St. Joseph Parish with the Rev. Matthew Mankowski as celebrant and the Rev. Carl G. Kish as con-celebrant. Also participating in the service will be Pastor Stephen Spurlock.
The Trumbull County Veteran Honor Guard will honor Paul with a military service at St. Joseph Cemetery in Paris Township.
The family requests that material tributes be made in memory of Paul to the St. Mary and St. Joseph Food Pantry, 120 Maple Drive, Newton Falls, OH 44444 or to the Athletic Department of Newton Falls High School, 907 Milton Blvd., Newton Falls, OH 44444.