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OFFICIAL OBITUARY FOR

Paul E Polkinghorne

1941 - 2021

Wausau

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Paul E. Polkinghorne, age 79, of Wausau, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at his home.

Paul was born on August 5, 1941, in Ishpeming, Michigan. He was the only child of the late Clifford (Kip) and Alice (Peterson) Polkinghorne. Paul was a graduate of Negaunee High School class of 1959. He married Patricia Arseneau with whom he recently celebrated 62 wonderful years. Paul went on to receive his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northern Michigan University and taught Art in various places, most notably at Wausau East High School, until his retirement.

Paul had a dedication to the teaching and creation of Art. He was eagerly involved with his students at Wausau Art festivals and Art shows. He was the creative artist chosen by The Wisconsin Barn Beautification Project to enhance the area with his talents through a mural which he shared with his students as a class project. This giant mural was seen by thousands for years, located on Hwy 51 just north of Wausau. Whether coaching or watching, Paul also had a passion for sports. During his teaching career, he coached high school football, track, and boys and girls swimming. He loved watching college sports and was a huge Michigan State fan. This same enthusiasm often brought him to Madison to take in a Badger game.

After retirement, Paul and Patricia purchased the North End Pub, in 1993, where they spent many years making memories with both old and new friends. He also enjoyed giving back to his community as a member of the Big Bull Falls Lions Club. Paul especially loved his family and spending time with them. He was an amazing husband, father, and grandfather, and he will be missed by all who knew him.

Paul is survived by his wife Patricia; their children and spouses, Chris of Ishpeming, MI, Keith (Debi) of Brillion, and Kirk (Heather) of Wausau; four grandchildren, Christian, Lauren (Nick) Janous, Evan (Dylan), and Norah.

A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Paul’s name to Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services. A special thank you to their compassionate and caring staff for all they did for Paul and his family.

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Diane Misoni

July 18, 2021 10:42 PM

Mr. Polkinghorn was a much loved teacher by so many of us - he made the art room a place of acceptance and a place to learn more about ourselves - he provided sanctuary.
much love sent to your family as you remember all of these treasured times with him.
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Diane Misoni

Mardie Timken

July 14, 2021 6:29 PM

So sorry to hear about Paul’s passing! Mike and I wish you - Pat and family peace and happy memories. I couldn’t have lived in a better house on Chicago Ave. thanks to you both!! Take care during this difficult time. Much love, Mike and Mardie Timken

matt mills

July 12, 2021 12:52 PM

Paul was  not only a good teacher of my favorite subject but a decent person and a friend to many he was always upbeat and decent with his students i have never forgotten him and as long as i am alive i wont.... one of the best teachers i had in my school days rest in peace paul

Judy Sandona

July 12, 2021 10:05 AM

To Pat and family,,,,We were very saddened to read about Paul passing.He was a great recruiter for NMUS football team and a very nice man and friend, sincerely Judy and Al,Sandona

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July 11, 2021 8:47 PM

I pray the loving thoughts of God surround you during your journey through grief.
My deepest sympathy! Nola Jaecks

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