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Paul Harding Calder, 92, of Des Moines, passed away at Mercy Hospital October 28, 2016.
Mass of Christian burial will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 31, 2016 at Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service.
Paul was born in Eastport, Maine on January 16, 1924, the son of Frank and Louise Calder of Fairhaven, Deer Island, New Brunswick, Canada. Paul lived on Deer Island until he was 10 years old when his mother died of influenza. He then moved to Eastport, Maine to live with an aunt and uncle.
After graduating from Shead Memorial High School in 1942, Paul enlisted in the army. After Basic Training, he served in Africa and in the European Campaign and was engaged in combat with the 34th Division. He spent 36 months overseas and was awarded combat badges and medals, including the Bronze Star. After the war, Paul attended Reicker College in Houlton, Maine. Two years later, Paul attended the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Cleveland, Ohio from which he graduated in 1952.
Paul met Helen Cipparrone in 1950 while she was working as Head Nurse at the University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. They were married at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Cleveland in September of 1951. In 1954, Paul & Helen moved to Sheboygan, Wisconsin where he opened his own practice in Podiatric Medicine with Helen at his side for 37 years. After retirement they moved to Ankeny, Iowa.
Paul had many interests and hobbies including painting in oils, music, and building model boats.
Paul is preceded in death by his wife, parents, one sister, one niece, and several aunts and uncles. A nephew and niece survive him.