March 31st, 1955- September 10, 2021
Wascher, Paul James, age 66, passed away on Friday, September 10th, 2021, surrounded by family at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his father Richard, his mother Gloria, his sister Lorraine, and his niece Karin. He was also preceded in death by his parents in-law, John and Shirley Butz, his brother in-law John, his sister in-law Jean, and his nephew James. He is survived by his wife Joyce, his children Paul “PJ,” and Molly (Billy), his brothers John (Bonnie) and Carl (Maria), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Paul was much loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed. He grew up in Hinsdale, Illinois. Paul was a third-generation graduate from Lehigh University with a degree in engineering. After college, he began working at Ford Motor Company, where he worked for his entire career of 41 years. It was there that he met the love of his life, Joyce Butz. Paul and Joyce enjoyed 36 years of marriage; together, they raised two children. The four extensively traveled the world, including trips to Chile, South Africa, Scotland, Kiawah, SC, and Big Sky, MT. Paul was an avid baker, chef, and home brewer. He was best known for cinnamon scones, homemade pasta, and smoked brisket. Paul was also an avid skier and biker, joining the Ford ski and bike club. Paul exemplified an extreme energy and fight for life.
There will be a memorial service for celebration of life on September 18th at 11:00 AM. The service will be held at Christ Church Cranbrook, 470 Church Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Paul Wascher may be directed to support Drs. Daniel Laheru and Amol Narang at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Drs. Laheru and Narang were Paul’s primary oncologist and radiologist. Both provided outstanding care and support over the past 3+ years. Funds will be used to support their research. Please make checks payable to Johns Hopkins University. Gifts may be mailed with a memo indicating that this gift is in memory of Paul Wascher to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, PO Box 17029 Baltimore, MD 21297-1029 or make a gift online.
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