Paul Loiseau Jr.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Paul Bernard Loiseau Jr., 62, of Heiskell, Tenn., lost his valiant fight against cancer Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

He was born Aug. 1, 1950, in Cape Girardeau, to Paul Bernard and Dorothy Kissling Loiseau. He graduated from Central High School in 1968 and from Missouri University at Rolla in 1972.

He was a lieutenant in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Corps, where he conducted research as an oceanographer, and later was a professional engineer who served TVA 32 years until his retirement in 2010.

Of his many professional accomplishments, he was particularly proud of his engineering work on the Norris Dam weir and the Ocoee 1996 Olympic Model; both projects are lasting monuments to his creative mind and the practical application of his professional skills. He was also a collector of all things mechanical, could design and build just about anything and was happiest spending time with his family and friends at their home on Pumpkin Hollow Road or at their farm on Watts Bar Lake in Tennessee.

Paul is survived by his loving wife, Robin Allen Loiseau; two daughters, Amy Loiseau Funnell and Holly Loiseau Cagney and their husbands David Funnell and Christopher Cagney; and three grandchildren he doted on, Aja and Blake Funnell, and Corbin Loiseau. He is also survived by a brother, Robert J. Loiseau; and their stepmother, Marge Loiseau Bauerle.

Paul's life was blessed by loving relationships throughout his life by many friends and family members, especially with his Cape Girardeau stepbrothers, Dr. Jim T. Hall and Dr. John P. Hall and their families; cousins from his Aunt Marita Nelson of Perryville, Mo.; Uncle James Loiseau of Colorado; the late Uncle John "Jack" Loiseau of Nashville; and the late Uncle Louis Loiseau of Colorado; and all their families.

In lieu of flowers, Paul, Robin, Amy and Holly request that donations be made to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, 716 Mt. Ayrshire Blvd., Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio, 43235, or the Juvenile Diabetes Resource Foundation, 355 Trane Dr., Knoxville, Tenn., 37917.

A service has been held.

Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton, Tenn., was in charge of arrangements.