Paul Stewart Nissen

Paul Stewart Nissen died on April 30, 2017 in Penn Yan NY. He was born on August 9, 1938 in Penn Yan to P. Stewart and Ruth Truax Nissen. Paul graduated from Penn Yan Academy in June of 1957, then attended various military technical schools, NCO Academy and he also attended Glendale Community College.

Paul enlisted in the US Air Force in 1957 and retired in 1977 after 20 years of active duty. He was stationed in California, Japan, and Plattsburgh NY where he met his future wife Karen and they married on April 28, 1962. Paul also served in Okinawa for 6 months at the beginning of the Vietnam war.

They and their two daughters then went on to McCoy AFB in Orlando FL, then to Rhein Main, Germany where their son was born. After nearly 5 years there, he was stationed in Abeline, TX and then went on to South Korea for "the longest year in their lives". His last base was Luke AFB in Phoenix, AZ. Paul retired there in 1977 and went to work for the AZ Public Service as a buyer at their future nuclear power plant in the desert.

The proudest moment of his military career was when he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding service from July 1974 to July 1977 with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster.

The family came back to Penn Yan in 1978, where Paul worked for Beneficial Finance, Penn Yan Express and Howard's Express in credit and collections. He was medically retired in December of 1992.

Paul was a 40 year member of BPOE Elks Lodge # 1722 and served as secretary. He was also a member of the Moose Club, American Legion and the VFW. He was an avid golfer and bowler until 2004. Sports were a big part of his life and he continued to enjoy watching and cussing the Bills, NY Yankees and Syracuse Basketball. Also, he scored a hole-in-one at Lakeside Country Club in 2001.

His grandchildren were his pride and joy.

Paul is survived by his wife of 55 years, Karen (Mungall) Nissen, daughters Debra (Chad) Burnham of Penn Yan, Deanna Nissen (Steve Pisarek) of Canandaigua, and son Daniel (Bonnie) of Dundee, NY. Also, Grandchildren Deanna (Ricky) Simpson, Anthony (Cassie) Gleason, Dillon DeMaria, Giovanni Leone, Kayleigh and Emily Nissen and Great-Grandson, Riddick Simpson. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Ruth (Truax) and Stewart Nissen and his brothers, Ronald (Donna), Gerald (Linda), Thomas (Carol) Nissen and sister, Gail (David) Hillman.

In lieu of flowers, please consider gifts in Paul's memory to Keuka Comfort Care, PO Box 107, Penn Yan, NY 14527 the Penn Yan Ambulance Corps, PO Box 272, Penn Yan, NY 14527 or the Humane Society of Yates County, PO Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527.

Friends and family may gather to share memories of Paul on Friday, May 5th, 2017 from 11am to noon at the Townsend Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan, NY 14527, an Elk's funeral service with Military Honors will follow at noon. A reception following will be held at the Penn Yan Elk's Lodge.

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