Paul Newman


(October 7, 2002)

Memorial services were conducted at Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Casper Friday for former Powell resident, Paul Newman, 64, who died Monday, Oct. 7 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.

He was born Nov. 27, 1937, in Havre, Mont., son of Paul and Yvonne (Hebert) Newman.

He graduated from the Montana School for the Blind in Great Falls, Mont., in 1954 and graduated from the University of Montana, earning his bachelor's degree in education in 1958. He taught school in a one-room school house in Roy, Mont., on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation for one year. He graduated with his master's degree from Michigan State in 1961 and taught school again in Whitlash, Mont., from 1963-1965. He then began working for the State of Montana, counseling the blind.

He met his wife, Carol, in 1967. He fell in love with her and her young daughters and they were married March 15, 1968. The family moved to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in 1970 where he worked for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind for 10 years. He played clarinet, saxophone and sang in the dance band, The Moonlighters, in Edmonton for 10 years.

He worked for the State of Wyoming over 18 years as a visual consultant with the blind, living in Thermopolis, Powell and Casper. He retired in June 2000. He was a board member for the Montgomery Trust Fund for the Blind and was a former member of Kiwanis in Powell.

He volunteered at Meadow Wind and Garden Square Assisted Living Centers in Casper, playing selected old radio shows from his extensive collection. He collected classical, Big Band, country music and popular vocalists of his era on LPs, cassettes and CDs. He also had a collection of thousands of hours of old radio shows. He shared his passion for music with friends and family.

He was an avid sports fan and the best armchair quarterback the Oakland Raiders ever had.

Survivors include his wife Carol of Casper; daughter Lorraine Lee Newman of New York, daughter Debra Dee d'Aragon of Aurora, Colo., and daughter Eileen Lynn Yanssens of Casper; a sister, Adranne Howard of Waterloo, Iowa; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Lou Carter.

Memorials may be sent to he Newman Family in care of the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home and Crematory, 710 East 2nd St., Casper, WY 82601.