LAURIUM - Paul A. Trautman, 61, of Laurium, formerly of Houghton and retired area businessman, passed away Monday afternoon, Oct. 15, 2012, at home surrounded by his loving family, following a two year battle with cancer.
He was born May 16, 1951, in Benton Harbor, Mich., a son of the late Frank and Betty (Stokoe) Trautman. Paul was a graduate of Benton Harbor High School with the Class of 1969. He then attended Michigan Technological University. Paul so loved the Copper Country, he decided to make it his home.
On Aug. 28, 1971, he was united in marriage to the former Susan DeLisle. The couple had owned and operated Pilgrim Terrace in Houghton for 30 years. He had also worked with Experience Works to help seniors find employment in the Copper Country. He would always go the extra mile to help anyone.
Paul enjoyed spending time outdoors sailing, cross country skiing, photography and listening to music.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his father-in-law, Ray DeLisle.
Surviving are his wife, Susan Trautman of Laurium; his son, Christopher (Sherry) Trautman of Galesburg, Mich.; his sister, Andrea (Steve Allen) Trautman of Richland, Mich. and twin sister, Patricia (Michael) Moon of St. Joseph, Mich.; his mother-in-law, Thelma DeLisle; his brothers-in-law, Thomas (Kim) DeLisle and Mark (Beverly) DeLisle; his sister-in-law, Debra DeLisle; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock for a time to share stories and memories of Paul with one another. He will always be in our hearts
To view Paul's obituary or to send condolences to the family, please visit memorialchapel.net.
The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock is assisting the family with arrangements.