Paul Wesley Morasch Sr. 1918 - 2008 Edwardsville

Paul Wesley Morasch Sr.

Paul Wesley Morasch Sr., 89, of Edwardsville, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, while in the company of his family at the Leavenworth VA Medical Center's Nursing Home. Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home in Bonner Springs, KS. With burial to follow in the Leavenworth VA National Cemetery. Visitation was Wednesday at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospitals in care of the funeral home.

Mr. Morasch was born Dec. 17, 1918 in Kansas City, Kan., and lived most of his life in this area. He went into the Civilian Conservation Corp. at age 16 and then joined the U.S. Army at age 22 in 1940. While he was attached to the 2nd Division he was captured during the battle of the Bulge on Dec. 18th, 1944. On April 30, 1945 he was liberated by the British from Stalag 10B. He finally returned home on June 9, 1945. After his return he opened and ran many auto repair shops, worked at Feld Chevrolet and then retired from BPU in 1980. He moved to Texas shortly thereafter and lived there until his return to Kansas City in late 2006. He was a member of the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, American Ex-Prisoners of War, Delaware Masonic Lodge, Kerrville Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Disabled American Vets, Abdallah Shrine, Alzafar Shrine, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Hill Country High Twelve, Eagles, and also performed 17 years of volunteer service at the Kerrville, Texas, Veterans Hospital.

He was preceded in death by his Wife, Marie, in 2006 and five of his children, Phillip, Tom, Kenny, Georgia and Perry. He is survived by five children, Paul W. Morasch Jr., Belton, Mo.; James G. Morasch of Edwardsville; Terri Davis of Basehor; Richard Leslie of Kansas City, Kan.; and Kay Rebolkaba, Placerville, Calif.; one sister, Ruby Frazier of Wichita, Kan.; and two brothers, Merle Morasch, Kansas City, Kan.; and Arthur Morasch, Overland Park. There are 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements: Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, 214 Oak St. Bonner Springs KS 66012, 913-422-4074.