Karl L. Pauly, 75, of Onaway, died at home Thursday, March 26, 2020. The son of Norbert J. and Hazel M. (Bowles) Pauly, Karl was born at home in Onaway May 18, 1944 and graduated from Onaway High School in 1962. Stationed in Germany, Karl proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1965 until 1967. Blessed with 48 years of marriage, Karl married Denise Penfold January 22, 1972.
Working as a truck driver, Karl hauled goods all over the state of Michigan, but most frequent were his deliveries across the Mackinac Bridge to places in the Upper Peninsula. In 2007, Karl retired after driving for Bedrock Express for 16 years. Retirement gave Karl time to pursue his passion for the outdoors. He enjoyed mowing the lawn and doing yard work, working in his garden, and tending to the cherry, plum, and apple trees in his orchard. He hunted with his son, cut firewood, and just enjoyed being in the woods. Karl had such an appreciation and love of nature. He loved to feed and watch the birds, listen to the cranes, and was always delighted to see the first robin of springtime. Through the years Karl learned much about the different species of birds. An avid reader, Karl particularly enjoyed Michigan history and stories of the Great Lakes.
Karl was just a good person with a ready smile who loved to talk to people. He loved visiting with his family and friends. Supportive and understanding, he was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He was humble, kind, and content with the simple pleasures in life.
Karl will be sadly missed by his wife, Denise, of Onaway; daughters, Melissa (Alex) Rodriguez of Ocala, Florida and Heather (Andrew) Ansbaugh of Grayling; a son, Karl (Holly) Pauly of Petoskey; and six grandchildren, Alexandria and Zariah Rodriguez, Noah and Matthew Ansbaugh, and Weston and Brayden Pauly. Karl also leaves his brother, Thomas (Debra) Pauly of Onaway; and sisters, Nancy (Sidney) Preston of Onaway, Lois Veihl of Tower and Mary Groulx of Punta Gorda, Florida; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Karl was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Angie Morell and nephew, Ronnie; and brothers-in-law, Lawrence Veihl and Dennis Groulx.
A graveside memorial service and military honors will be held at a later date. Those considering an expression of sympathy please consider a donation in memory of Karl to The Remnant Church of Jesus Christ. Cremation arrangements were in care of the Chagnon Funeral Home.