Obituary – Paul c. Densmore

Paul c. Densmore

October 14, 1922 – September 30, 2020
Age: 97
Residence: Branson, MO
Formerly of: Reese, MI

Paul c. (“Pete”) Densmore passed away of a long and happy life on September 30, 2020, in the loving care of his family in Branson, Missouri, two weeks shy of his 98th birthday.

“Paul” to his ten brothers, sisters and their families and “Pete” to just about everyone else he knew, was born at home on the Densmore Family Centennial Farm in Reese, Michigan, October 14, 1922, the sixth child of the late John Edward and Thelma Alberta Densmore. 

He joins his wife, Betty Jean (Reynolds) Densmore, who, as often occurred during their seventy-plus years of marriage, led the way in 2013. The couple eloped in Grayling, Michigan, November 28, 1942, were lifelong Michiganders, and active members in the Nazarene faith. 

Dad is survived by two sons, Jerry Paul Densmore and Mark (Dalinda) Alan Reynolds Densmore.

“Gwumpa” is survived by one grandson, Stefan (Heidi) Christian Densmore, and six great-grandchildren: Rose, Wulffgang, Newell, Josephine, Norma, and Grace Densmore. 

Several brothers and sisters, nieces, and nephews both predecease and survive him. 

Before World War II, Paul worked for Defoe Shipbuilding Company as an Electric Arc Welder. During WWII, Paul was a Sergeant T4 with the 573rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery unit attached to the Ninth Army. He served in Belgium, France, and Germany; received an Honorable Discharge; and was awarded the: Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 2 Bronze Battle Stars, 2 Overseas Service Bars, and Good Conduct Medal. 

After the war, Pete had a job interview scheduled with General Motors’ Grey Iron factory in Saginaw. He mistakenly went to the Saginaw Malleable Iron factory and was hired on the spot in 1946. He retired from the same location in 1998 to take care of mom who had recently fallen and injured her hip. 

Back in the day, Pete was an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoor sportsman with his church buddy, Bill, and his work buddy, Art. He could, and he enjoyed doing so, fix just about anything mechanical. Many of you reading this will have a story.   

A memorial service for family will be announced at a later date. The family extends its heartfelt appreciation to Good Shepherd Hospice and Cremations of the Ozarks for their kind respectful care of Brother Paul, Uncle Paul/Pete, Dad. To leave an online condolence, please visit


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