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Paul Heider

June 22, 1939 — January 13, 2024


Paul Heider of 84 years passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2024, in the UPMC Carlisle Hospital surrounded by his family.  

Paul was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on June 22, 1939, to the late Arthur John and Mary (Vaughn) Heider. Paul was the youngest of 10 children who all preceded him in death. 

Paul graduated from United High School in Armagh, Pennsylvania in 1957 and immediately following graduation joined the U.S. Air Force.   Paul proudly served in the United States Air Force from July 3, 1957, to January 31, 1980.  Paul served as an Aircraft Maintenance Scheduler and Mechanic and earned the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.   

Joining him on his life adventures was his wife, Ruthann Laire.  Paul and Ruthann met in Trenton, New Jersey and were married on December 3, 1960.  During their 22 years of military service, they traveled and lived across the United States and abroad.

Paul retired from the Air Force in 1980 and moved to Carlisle, Pennsylvania where he joined the U.S. States Post Office and worked for 20 years in the local post office until he retired.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years and his three loving daughters, Kimberly Heider and husband Edward Strzalkowski of Carlisle, Paula Heider and her companion, Steve Kuhn of Mt. Holly Springs, and Lori (Heider) Malinish and husband, James Malinish of Carlisle.  He is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Joshua, Dakota, Taylor, and Nathaniel (Hoot), 3 great-grandchildren (Lilian, Thayne, and Briggs) and multiple nieces and nephews. 

Paul was an avid and skilled wood worker, and his memory will remain in the many pieces he created and gifted to his family.   Paul also loved to golf, travel, and took pride in maintaining his property and the pool where the family gathered for many celebrations. Following retirement, he also became an enthusiastic cook and always enjoyed a good bourbon and cigar at the end of the day.  

Paul was a strong, outgoing man who never met a stranger and was always willing to offer assistance, an opinion or a helping hand.   Paul will be profoundly missed by his family and friends.

After a private ceremony held by his family, Paul's final resting place will be held at Fort Indiantown Gap Cemetery.

“A life that touches others goes on forever.”

Arrangements are being handled by Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Mt. Holly Springs. Visit to offer condolences to the family.

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