Paul E. Baldwin

April 06, 1970 - May 15, 2013

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Service: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 11 a.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel

Calling: Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 5 to 9 p.m. in the funeral home
Paul Eugene Baldwin, 43, of Kendallville passed away at his residence on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

He has lived in Kendallville for 15 years, coming from Angola.

As a youth, Paul gave his life to Christ and was a long-time member of Robinson Chapel United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne, and more recently attended Wayne Center United Methodist Church in Kendallville.

He was involved with the Chinchilla industry and its national organizations with his parents from the time he was a toddler until he graduated from high school. He excelled in the building trades program at DeKalb High School where he graduated in 1988, and did some carpenter work with his Dad among other things.

In the mid 1990’s, he became a first responder and a firefighter with the Salem Center Volunteer Fire Department. He graduated cum laude from the Ivy Tech Maintenance Certification Program and worked at Graphic Packaging for 11 years. Most recently, Paul was employed at Indiana Marine Products in Angola.

Paul had great skills as a handyman in all sorts of things. He loved the outdoors, especially camping as a family and fishing with his kids.

He was born April 6, 1970, in Fort Wayne to Joseph E. “Joe” and Joan A. (VanHorn) Baldwin. They survive in Auburn. On November 14, 1998, in Kendallville he married his love and best friend, Charlotte L. Gibson. She survives in Kendallville.

Also surviving are a daughter, Ashlyn Sierra Gibson-Baldwin, at home; a son, Michael Joseph Baldwin, at home; a brother Dale (Lisa) Baldwin of Butler; two sisters, Connie (John) Tempel of Jacksonville, Florida, and Karen (Joe) Mansfield of Butler; his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth VanHorn of Fort Wayne; nine nieces and nephews; three great-nieces; one great-nephew; several cousins, aunts, and uncles; his mother-in-law, Sharon Gibson of Kendallville; and his bestest buddy, Paul Thompson of Kendallville.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Clarence E. VanHorn; paternal grandparents, Glen and Dorotha Baldwin; and a nephew, Ryan Baldwin.

Funeral services will be Monday, May 20, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Pastor Sherri Long and Pastor Jill Wright officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Pallbearers will be Michael Baldwin, Paul Thompson, Jay Smart, Pat Martin, Curtis VanHorn, Josh Howe, Shane Miller, and David Miller.

Calling is Sunday, May 19, 2013, from 5 to 9 p.m. in the funeral home and one hour prior to services.

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Patty Lester
May 27th, 2013 6:14pm
Angola, IN

Charlotte, Ashlyn, Michael, I was so sad to hear of Paul's passing. My heart breaks for your loss. Mr. B and I had many fun times sitting around the break table. He was always quick to share a joke to make me laugh! Thank you Mr. B for sharing that part of you with me.

Dorla Clements
May 24th, 2013 1:00pm
Waterloo, IN

I'm so sorry! Paul was a great guy with an ornery streak a mile wide, but his kindness was bigger still. I loved bumping into you guys at Walmart or Kid City and catching up. We're praying for your family.

Courtney Rodriguez
May 20th, 2013 10:55pm
Kendallville IN

I'm so sorry about your loss! I'm really glad I got to meet him. Your all in my thoughts & prayers. If you need anything please let me know.

Batey Family
May 20th, 2013 1:49pm
Pleasant Lake

I was devastated when I heard of Paul passing away. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace. Scott, Nan and Colton Batey

Kelly and Katie Baker
May 20th, 2013 12:23am
Kendallville, IN

We were saddened to hear of Paul's passing. He seemed like a truly nice guy. Our thoughts are with you all.

Elmer & Cheryl (Woodard) Baker
May 19th, 2013 10:25pm
Payne, OH

You are in our prayers and thoughts.

Cathy L. Williams
May 19th, 2013 8:37pm

Charlotte, Ashlyn and Micheal. My heart is broken at the news of Paul's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything now or in the future, please let me know. My cell # is 260-905-7165. I cannot make it to the vewing or the funeral, but I will be thinking of all of you. Your friend, Cathy (Deerfield)

Rhoades Family
May 19th, 2013 7:21pm

Charlotte, Ashlyn and Michael, We are very sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts. Tony, Deb and Kimmy

Will Collins
May 19th, 2013 5:58pm
Fort Wayne

Peace be with you all. Paul is now at peace, and living with our Lord. I will always remember Paul as "Paul Boone". A nickname that he enjoyed that came from his teen days and love of fringed leather clothes. With Love, Will

ED and Kim Woodard
May 19th, 2013 2:09pm
N. Ft Myers, Fl 33903

So sorry to hear about your loss.

Alan Ashbaugh
May 19th, 2013 4:17am

Dale, Lisa and family, So sorry for your tragic loss. May your pain soon melt away to warm memories of Paul. God bless all Paul's friends and family in this time of mourning.

Karen A. Engle
May 18th, 2013 6:05pm
Kendallville, IN

The hole left in so many peoples hearts from Paul passing is huge. He had a smile and since of humor that will always be remembered. He was a good father to his children and a good husband to Charlotte. So sorry you will be missed. The strength to overcome your loss by your family will come, but it will be hard...but it will come. They are strong, they are strong. My deepest and heartfelt sympathy goes to all the family. Karen Engle

Dallas and Linda Quinley
May 18th, 2013 4:13am

Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the family at this time. May God comfort you and give you peace as only He can.

Doretta Kilgore
May 18th, 2013 1:33am

My Deepest Sympathy goes out to the family in this time of such loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Melinda Tennant/Strupp
May 17th, 2013 11:11pm
Huntertown, IN.

Charlotte, My heart break's for you and the kids. May God comfort each of you and this time! Praying for each of you! Much Love, Melinda & John Strupp

Renee Laverghetta
May 17th, 2013 9:34pm

I'm very sorry for your loss. I've never forgotten how wonderful you all are and wish you the best.

Manier Family
May 17th, 2013 7:57pm

So sorry to hear about your lost!! Sending prayers to your family!!

May 17th, 2013 1:28pm

Charlotte, Ashlyn, Michael You are in our thoughts and prayers. We always thought a lot of Paul, could always just sit and talk to you guys for hours. If there is anything at all we can do please do not hesitate to call. We love you all. May God give you comfort. Donald, Beth, Matthew, Mark and Michael

Bill and Julie Yates
May 17th, 2013 11:55am

We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you. Our Deepest Sympathy, Bill and Julie

Thornsberry Family
May 17th, 2013 2:50am

We are so very sorry for your loss. May God comfort you all in your time of need! Jason, Stephanie, Sydney, & Nathaniel Thornsberry