Paul Goldhammer, age 86, of Wall, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Paul Myron Goldhammer was born June 19, 1935, in Avon, South Dakota, the middle of five boys born to Leo and Alfrieda (Kraft) Goldhammer. Paul graduated from Wagner, South Dakota High School in 1953 and married his high school sweetheart, Mary (Sallie) Lofberg on August 28, 1955, in Wagner. In 1957 he enlisted in the United States Army and served at Command Headquarters in Berlin, Germany. In 1962, Paul went to work for the city of Wall, South Dakota as the Director of Public Works until his retirement in 2000. After the death of Sallie in 1996, Paul remarried Judy Olney on July 5, 2008, in Wall.
Paul was a long-time member of First Lutheran Church in Wall. He was a founding member of the Wall Jaycees, 35-year member of the Wall Volunteer Fire Department and original member of the Wall Ambulance Service. He was an original and current member of the West River Lyman Jones Water Project and was also appointed by multiple South Dakota Governors to the State Board of Water and Natural Resources.
Survivors include, his wife, Judy and her children Heather (Robert), Shane (Trista), Kempton and granddaughter, Kennedy (Sugar). Paul’s children Jay (Jana), Tim (Beth), Lacey (Mark) Wellens, Pat (Shawna), and Kari (Scott) Bappe, 13 grandchildren and 2 great- grandchildren and one on the way. Brothers, Marlyn (Sharon), Maurice (Susan) and Andre.
He is preceded in death by his first wife Sallie, his first son, Todd, in infancy, his parents, brother Marcus and his grandson’s Lane and William.
Cards and memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 35, Wall, SD 57790.
Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at First Lutheran Church in Wall.
Interment with military honors were held 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 25, at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, South Dakota.
Memorial services were held 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 25, at the Community Center in Wall with Pastor Christopher McCarthy and Paul's brother, Pastor Maurice Goldhammer, officiating.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Wall.