Paul Draino

by Tamara Von Gemmingen

Palmer resident Paul Samuel Draino, 76, died Jan. 5, 2008, at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center of natural causes.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Jan. 18 at Kehl's Palmer Mortuary. A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. June 21 at the Palmer Moose Lodge to give family members and friends from out of state the opportunity to attend.
Paul was born Aug. 26, 1931, in DuPage County, Winfield, Ill.
He became an Alaska resident in 1965 and had lived in Palmer for 42 years.
Paul retired from the Teamsters Union, Local 959.
He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Masonic Lodge, Elks Club and Shriners.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing and traveling in his fifth-wheeler. He was the founder and served as the vice president of the Alaska Snowbird Picnic in Yuma, Ariz., for many years.
His family wrote: "Dad was a most caring man with very high family values. He would do anything for his family and friends."
Paul is survived by his children, Terry Smergalski and Rory Draino of Illinois, Dale Draino and Jemella Swanson of Palmer; grandchildren, Shelia, Randy, Lee, Tony, Billy and Amy; and nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte; parents, Sam and Theresa; brother, Frank; and daughter, Debbie.
Memorial contributions can be made to any children's charity of choice in memory of Paul Draino.
Arrangements are by Kehl's Palmer Mortuary.

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