Paul Meuser

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September 16, 1932 - January 22, 2017

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Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 9-11 a.m., North Community Lutheran Church


Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 11 a.m., North Community Lutheran Church


Kingwood Memorial Park (Private)


Paul M. Meuser, age 84, of Columbus, OH passed away January 22, 2017 at Kobacker House. Retired Chaplain, Lutheran Social Services. Graduate of Celina High School in ’50, Capital University in ’54 and Trinity Lutheran Seminary with a MA of Divinty and was ordained June 8, 1958. Member of North Community Lutheran Church and Polk County Senior Games (Florida). Volunteered at St. Ann’s Hospital. Survived by his children, Dan Meuser (Gina Mogavero), Bill Meuser (Debbie Riccioli) and Louise (Mike) Machemehl; son-in-law, John McKinney; granddaughters, Ally McKinney, Andrea (Jake) Lowe, Kerry McKinney and Rachel Machemehl; brothers, Fred (Jeanne) and Mart (Betty) Meuser; sisters, Ann Books, Lorena Fackler and Alice Disbro; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife Vivian; daughter, Suzi McKinney, brother, Luther and sister Frieda. Paul shared God’s love with all while dedicating his life to the service of others and will be dearly missed. Memorial service will be held at North Community Lutheran Church, 114 Morse Road, Columbus, OH, Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 11 a.m. Pastor Chris Adams, officiating, followed by a luncheon at the church. Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m.. Private interment Kingwood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Kobacker House or Lutheran Social Sevices. Condolences at


James Kautz - Jan 31, 2017

Dear Dan, Bill and Lousie, Your wonderful loving and smiling father and I were pastors together at St. John/s lutheran in Grove City for three years. I came ahead of him as an assiatnt and remained so wheyn you moved to Grove City. We move to Denver in July of 1968
due to ohealth issues with our son, Tim. Working with your gracious and positive and empathtic dad was a joy for me and our whole family. May his spirit of peace and joy be part of your live as well. Mother Vivian was grand operson as well.
Pastor partner with Paul,
James R. Kautz

Neil & HeidI Fowler - Jan 30, 2017

Our deepest condolences to all Paul’s family and friends. Uncle Paul, as he was always known to us, was an incredible person. We always looked forward to him coming to Bartow to stay a couple of times each year. You would be hard pressed to find a man more caring, thoughtful and helpful than Uncle Paul. I’ll never forget him spending time with my Mother as she passed away and will forever be grateful to him for that. He will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.

Bernie McDonald - Jan 28, 2017

Our sincerest sympathy to you in the loss of your loved one. Paul was an inspiration to all of us here at Wesley Glen. He always had a cheerful smile and hello for everyone he met. He was dearly loved. We share in your pain and find relief only in knowing that he is now with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, where he is enjoying the peace he so richly deserves. Bernie and Ruth McDonald

Lori Leotta - Jan 28, 2017

Paul was a dear friend in my life. Our friendship began when we both worked at Lutheran Senior City. Paul was both a close friend to me but also a mentor for me both in my professional life and personal life. We shared closeness through the time that we worked together –and those memories I have taken with me through my life journey. Over the last several years, our friendship was an exchange of Christmas cards and a few communications through e-mail–however, that does not signify the impact that he had on my life.
My deepest sympathy to the Meuser family– as his presence, spirit of life and his deep respect for the church will be etched in my memory –but will live on here on earth forever.
May God hold you all in the palm of his hand as you find peace in the days ahead.
Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time–
Lori Leotta

frd & Jeanne Meuser - Jan 27, 2017

What a man! What a brother! What a husband & father! What a disciple! What a pastor/ chaplain! What a friend! Even my student during seminary days! Always an inspiration. Always a joyful blessing to his parents, eight siblings, and countless persons touched and blessed by his faith, his love, just by being his Spirit-filled self! We thank the Lord for every moment with us in this life and look forward to more of same (in spades)in the exciting life that lies ahead. Fred & Jeanne

june Paine - Jan 26, 2017

When I first joined North Community, Rev Meuser was there to help me get “oriented” and he kept me on track with his positive outlook and tender urgings to keep going. The love of God shines through him.

Rev Jim Wilson - Jan 26, 2017

Paul Meuser was an example and a gift to me for decades … always caring, connecting, gracious. My heart goes out to all of his family and the many whose lives he touched and now are grieving.

Rusty & Jo Crouse - Jan 25, 2017

Paul will be greatly missed in our Bible Study Group. Whenever we were in the hospital, he was there to pray for us. A wonderfully dedicated man of God.

Richard Hartmann - Jan 25, 2017

Paul was always “upbeat” about everything. He never forgot the details and recognized that the glass was always half full, never half empty. His pleasing personality will be missed. God bless you all in this difficult time.

Helen H.Watkins - Jan 25, 2017

Paul was a caring and helpful friend at Wesley Glen for the few years I knew him. He truly lived his love for God and all people by his actions every day. We will miss him greatly.
Sincerely, Helen and Daryl Watkins

Shirley Doolittle - Jan 25, 2017

So sorry to learn of Pastor Meuser’s passing. He wss a great source of comfort to me & my mother while she lived @ Lutheran Senior City. Sincere sympathy to all.

Bethel Bateson - Jan 25, 2017

Please except my condolences on your loss. I worked with Paul when he was chaplain at Lutheran Senior City from 1975 to 1990. Nearly all I know of pastoral care I learned from Chaplain Paul Meuser. I have joked to colleagues that my 15 years at Lutheran Senior City was the world’s longest internship. He was a great mentor and colleague. Pastoral care has continued to be vital and rewarding in my ministry in congregational settings. I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Rev. Paul Meuser for teaching and modeling the art and skill of excellent pastoral care.

Dick Brackin - Jan 25, 2017

Paul was a good friend in college but we have not seen each other for many years. I am saddened to learn of his passing and send my condolences to his family. In fact I was good friends with a number of his siblings and family members.

Cynthia Campbell-Jones nee Jackson - Jan 25, 2017

My sincerest Condolences and prayers abound for comfort and peace. I remember Pastor Meuser fondly from Truth Ev. LC, Detroit, MI as my Confirmation verses resound daily since 1964, John 8:34-36.

Carol Meuser - Jan 24, 2017

Always a smile. Always a greeting with hugs and kisses.
Even though we saw each other only once a year, it was as if our visit was so important to Paul. John and I will miss him. Our love to the family.

Jill Meuser & Gary McKown - Jan 24, 2017

So many special memories of family times together, picnics, sharing the camping trailer, overnights. Uncle Paul was always Jesus’ hands doing God’s work.

Tony Meuser - Jan 24, 2017

In years past, I always enjoyed joining Uncle Paul and Aunt Viv, Dan, and Louise and Mike’s family over Thanksgivings when my parents were snowbirding in Florida. Two years ago, when I happened to visit Aunt Frieda during the hour when she passed away, I got to witness Paul help usher her into the next life so beautifully. It was very moving and something I’ll never forget. In his last painful days under Hospice care at Wesley Glen, I saw him out walking the halls, sharing a greeting or a laugh with others. Uncle Paul was a walking, shining example of God’s love in action. He will be missed.

Bonnie Cochard - Jan 24, 2017

Thinking of you all – Uncle Paul lives on in all those whose lives he touched. He made a difference in so many ways with his profession, hobbies & with friends and family. We are grateful for all the memories we have of him. Eternal love for Eternal life.

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