"With no striking observableness", Paul Allen Savey fell asleep in death Tuesday, November 17, 2020. He was the P in D&P Hauling and could be seen driving all over Bannock County in a Red and Black Sterling Dump Truck.
He is a native of Oakes, North Dakota and was welcomed into the world by his loving parents, Leslie Savey and Sharon McGraw Savey on October 18, 1957. He was the oldest of six children. Paul was athletic in school and wanted to play football but his mother feared he would get hurt so she allowed him to wrestle. He was known to practice his wrestling moves on his younger sister Kim. Paul went to school to become a diesel mechanic but sadly in 1977 was in a semi accident that left him partially paralyzed but he refused to let his disability define him. He went on to work 40 more years operating heavy equipment, farming and hauling.
Paul was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses December 12, 1982. What a transformation! From a kid driving a yellow cougar whose motto was, "What fun is drinking, if you can't drive!" to an ordained minister of the good news of God's kingdom. Although he walked using crutches, he was never missing from Saturday field service going from door to door even in inclimate weather. He also assisted in building and remodeling several kingdom halls including Idaho Falls, Preston, and Pocatello all located in Idaho. He was a perennial teaser and took delight in pranking his friends, like the time he sent Brad Hamilton a Psychiatrist bill for emotional damage when he caught sight of Brad easing nature while on a camping trip. Paul could not bear to be idle and was a friends friend always available to help out a brother or sister in need.You could often find him in Mike Bankson's garage tinkering and for years he loved to visit his friend Terry Zimbleman who had a buffalo herd. Meat was always plentiful. He loved to ride his 4 wheeler and camp at Eight Mile with his friends. Sadly at the age of 56, Paul was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers. His loving wife, Noella and bonus daughter Nani were able to keep him home for 5 years.
He was admitted to Gateway Transitional Care January of 2019. He could be seen wheeling all over the entire building visiting staff and residents alike. His favorite hang out was Melanie Roberts office because she had his candy stash! Sadly as he declined he spent his final days in a nursing home in Burley, Idaho. Because of the pandemic most visits were tearful since they were held thru glass. After a second bout with aspiration pneumonia and a failed attempt on a feeding tube his family all agreed that what he wanted most was to be home with his dogs Nugget and Tucker and in the care of his loving family. Paul arrived home on Hospice care November 12 and fell asleep in death on November 17, 2020. He was preceded in death by a sister, Cheryl Savey and a brother Lonnie Savey and his father Leslie Savey. He is survived by his dear mother Sharon Savey and 5 children. Joe and Bobbi Snow of Zimmerman, MN, Doug and Angie Savey of Bellbrook, Ohio, Clint and Sandra Whitney of Ramstein, Germany, Shawn and Ivy Savey of Pocatello, Idaho, Tyler Savey and Monica of Pocatello. Paul also had 2 bonus children that he helped raise: Wilhelmena Lira and Asa Scruggs. Paul also just welcomed his eighth grandchild and one bonus grandchild that loved to sit on Poppa Paul's lap in his recliner. He leaves behind his constant companion and wife of 18 years, Noella Savey who told his mother the first time they met, "I think your son has met his match!" Paul will be Memorialized on Zoom for all his local friends and family and will also have a full service funeral held in Oakes, North Dakota tentatively on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at Dahlstrom's funeral home. The date and time of the memorial is to be announced.
Local arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com
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