JACKSONVILLE- Capt. Paul M Starzynski, Sr., USMC (Retired), 86, passed peacefully at his home under the loving and faithful care of his wife, Phyllis.
Paul will be laid to rest at a private service with Military Honors in the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, NC.
Paul is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 65 years, Phyllis Renea Starzynski; sons, Paul M Starzynski, Jr. and his wife Rebecca of Clarksville, VA and John J Starzynski and wife Julie of Jacksonville, NC. His daughter, Ann Starzynski McNeil of Jacksonville, NC; 6 grandchildren, Brandon Edwards, Jennifer Smith (Courtney), Lauren Starzynski Bryan, Brittany Starzynski, Kayla Starzynski Syfrett (Cody), and Ethan Starzynski. 5 great-grandchildren, Joshua DeLee, Kora Bryan, Carter Bryan, David Snyder, Ryver Smith and his faithful and loving companion, Molly, along with many extended family members and friends.
Paul is preceded in death by his parents, John and Helen Starzynski; his sister, Dorothy; and brothers, Robert, Ed, and Ray.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Association (DAV).
Paul joined the United States Marine Corps as a Private at the age of 17 on 4 January 1952. Paul willingly and faithfully served his country at home and abroad. Paul retired as a Captain after 21 years of service 30 June 1973 at Camp Lejeune, NC.
After Paul’s retirement he felt called to serve Onslow County and was elected as a County Commissioner and served from 1980-1992 and from 1996-2000. Paul was also very active and served on boards of several different organizations.
Paul was an avid outdoorsman, who loved hunting, fishing, boating and traveling the country with his bride, Phyllis. He held fast to his beliefs in God and most importantly he held his wife in the highest esteem and supported her wholeheartedly as she went through school and embarked into the field of nursing.
Paul dearly loved his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his loyal and faithful companion, Molly.
He often stated that his family was his greatest accomplishment and that “I am the luckiest and most blessed man to have such a loving and caring family.” Little did he realize that his family and those that knew him were the lucky blessed ones.