On May 10, 2010 a mighty singing voice fell silent from cancer and a beloved husband, father, and friend joined his forefathers in the heavenly chorus.
Paul Eugene Wycoff, a descendent of Dutch immigrants who came to New Amsterdam (now New York City) in 1637, was born in Kingman, Kansas in 1922. His father worked for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad. His mother died when he was five years old and he lived for several years with relatives who taught him to sing.
During the Great Depression Paul worked at the Winfield Dairy and Ice Plant, delivering blocks of ice and serving ice cream, leading to a lifelong passion for chocolate ice cream. Paul won a college scholarship for his vocal performance, but was drafted into the Army in 1942.
Paul served as a military policeman and then a hospital corpsman during World War II. Assigned to the 229th General Hospital, he landed in France in August 1944 and sailed to the Pacific in 1945. He returned home to Winfield after the war ended.
Paul moved to California in 1946. His wartime marriage ended a few years later, but he was blessed with a daughter from that union. He married for a second time in 1954 to Jean Matthews and they had two children.
Paul worked as a masseur for the YMCA in Fresno during the 1950s. He started his airline career with Pacific Airlines as a Station Agent in the 1960s as a station agent in Fresno. He later transferred to Eugene in the mid 70's where he retired from Republic in 1984.
Paulís strong baritone voice inspired thousands as a loyal choir member and frequent soloist for the Fresno and then Eugene First United Methodist Churches. In retirement he sang over 350 musical programs at Eugene area nursing homes. His repertoire ranged from Home on the Range, Old Man River, and God Bless America, to selections from Handelís Messiah. In 1986-87 he sang in the Eugene Operaís production of Madame Butterfly.
Paul also volunteered in retirement to help at the Eugene relief nursery and as an officer in the Wyckoff House and Family Association and in Post 293 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. Paulís wife Jean died in 2006 and Paul moved to Corvallis to live with his daughter in 2007. He married Mary Lou Jones in 2009.
Paul is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Wycoff, of Corvallis, daughter Sandra Daley of Santa Ana, California, son Wesley Wycoff of Herndon, Virginia, daughter Julie Monk of Corvallis, and their families, many nephews and nieces, including Karen Cornish of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and many dear friends.
The First Presbyterian Church in Corvallis will hold a memorial service for Paul at 11:00 am on Friday, May 14, 2010. A graveside entombment with military honors will take place at 2:00 pm at Oak Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations can be made in Paulís memory to the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, 1801 Willamette Street, Suite 200, Eugene, Oregon 97401.