” I’m the oldest of twelve children, and I grew up in Nebraska, North Dakota, and Kansas. I’m a native of Nebraska,and have lived and worked in Axtell, Broken Bow,Alliance, Scottsbluff, Sidney, Lincoln, and now Omaha. Outside my military service,and since 1971, Nebraska has been my home. I’m asking,”we the people”, of Nebraska and America, for the privilege and honor, to serve, and be accountable to them, in their house of representatives.”
Journey Through Paul’s History
Born in Plainview, Nebraska
Started school in Flaxton, North Dakota
Finished grade school, high school diploma in Kensington,Ks.
Worked at Bethphage Mission in Axtell, Nebraska
U.S. Navy (Active duty), served as a hospital corpsman,in Pensacola, Florida
Worked for Sargent Irrigation Broken Bow, Nebraska
Diploma in Railroad Freight Car Maintenance Program at Western Nebraska Community College in Sidney, Nebraska.
Hired by the Burlington Northern RR, as an carman apprentice, in Alliance, Nebraska.
Enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserve
Became a qualified railroad journeyman carman.
Reentered U.S. Navy (Active Duty) Served onboard the USS Vancouver LPD-2, as a ship board repairman.
Returned to RR job in Alliance, Ne.
Transferred with my RR job, in Alliance,Ne. to Havelock Shops, in Lincoln,Ne.
Met and married my wife Lynne, who is a retired registered nurse, who worked at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Reenlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserve, two weeks after my 50th birthday!
My Navy Reserve unit (MACH 1), was mobilized, and sent to Iraq.
Started serving as a volunteer, on the board of trustees, with the Danish Springwell Cemetery.
Retired from the Navy Reserve and the BNSF railroad, on my 60th birthday.
Started as a weekly volunteer driver, with the DAV, shuttling veterans to the VA hospital, and volunteer weekly crew member, with Habitat
In Loving Memory
On this day, in the early morning hours,my brother Tim (locomotive engineer), and his conductor, Don Brannon, were killed instantly when their train slammed into a parked train, in the Nebraska sandhills near Halsey. My brother Tim was an eagle scout, and one of the youngest BNSF employees, to qualify as a locomotive engineer, he died doing what he truly loved!