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Paul Sumedinger

Apr 17, 2021

Apr. 20, 1937 – Mar. 16, 2021

Paul Sumedinger, 83,

died on Tuesday, March

16, 2021 at his home in

Towner, North Dakota.

Paul was born on April

20, 1937 in New Orleans,

Louisiana, the son of

Mathaus, Jr. and Noellie

Julia Stoulig Sumedinger.

His family moved to Mis-

sissippi shortly after his


Paul graduated from

high school from Our

Lady of Victories –

Resurrection Catholic

School in Pascagoula,

Mississippi and studied

civil engineering in col-

lege. He spent his youth

on his grandfather’s farm

in the Pascagoula area.

Mr. Sumedinger entered

the United States Air

Force in March 1959 and

served 6 tours of duty

with over 23years of ser-

vice with domestic and

foreign service. Paul was

discharged at the highest

rank of a NCO as a Chief

Master Sergeant. During

his military career he was

awarded the National De-

fense Service Medal, Air

Force Good Conduct

Medal with a silver and 2

bronze oak leaf clusters,

Air Force Commendation

Medal with 2 bronze oak

leaf clusters, Meritorious

Service Medal with 3

bronze oak leaf clusters,

Small Arms Expert Rifle,

NCO Professional Military

Education Graduate rib-

bon with oak leaf cluster,

Air Force Longevity Ser-

vice Ribbon with 1 silver

oak leaf cluster, Air Force

Overseas Long Tour Rib-

bon, Air Force Outstand-

ing Unit Award with 2

bronze oak leaf clusters

and Army Good Conduct

Medal. He also assisted

in the operation of

Sumedinger Plumbing

and Heating in Pascagou-


Since April 1996, fol-

lowing his last military as-

signment at the Minot Air

Force Base – Minot,

North Dakota, he had

made his home in Town-

er. Paul assisted several

in the area by setting up

computer programs for

homes or businesses.

Paul enjoyed traveling

around the world on oce-

an liners and enjoyed

many many trips on Am-

trak around the United

States. He also enjoyed

opera and ballet around

the world.

A memorial service will

be held at St. Cecilia

Catholic Church in Town-

er on April 23, 2021 at

11:00 A.M.

He was buried in the

North Dakota Veterans

Cemetery in Mandan on

April 8, 2021 with mili-

tary honors being provid-

ed by Veterans of Foreign

Wars Post # 707 and the

North Dakota Military

Honor Detail.

Survivors include

cousins, Karl (Judy) Kot-

temann – Chimacum,

Washington, Brian Kot-

temann – Edmonds,

Washington, Pamela

Starck – Montrose, Cali-

fornia , Kimberly Sardo –

Glendale, California,

Charly Sardo – Llano,

Texas, Dylan Sardo –

Pico Rivera, California,

and a circle of friends in

North Dakota.

Niewoehner Funeral

Home – Rugby, North

Dakota 701-776-6222


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