Rev. Ron Shifley
Organist ~ Sharon Orth
Special Music ~ Linda Kroniazl
“The Singing in God’s Acre”
“Morning Has Broken”
“When the Roll is Called Up Yonder”
Paul Matthew Bainbridge was born on Sunday, January 10, 1926 to Matthew and Mary (Plattner) Bainbridge in Scotland, South Dakota. He graduated Scotland High School in 1943 where was recognized as an “ideal student” and served as the band President as well as playing the French horn. On September 4, 1948, Paul was united in marriage to Eunice Nelson in Scotland.
Agriculture was Paul’s passion and heritage; he took pride in farming the land his ancestors homesteaded. At one point during Paul's farming career, he and his late son Tom, who farmed with him, received a certificate recognizing the Bainbridge farm as a quasquicentennial family farm, or a farm that has been in the family 125 years. He was a DeKalb corn seed dealer and served on the Bon Homme Co. Soil Conservation board for 28 years. His love for the land was recognized by others and resulted in his being the recipient of the WNAX Farmer of the Day Award and the Bon Homme County Conservation District Endowment Award.
When not in the fields, Paul was active in the Independent order of the Odd Fellows (IOOF), a global benevolent fraternal service organization, served on the advisory board for he Scotland Living Center (now known as the Scotland Good Samaritan Society), and held a leadership position in the Scotland Historical Society. He was also very involved with the Presbyterian Church in Scotland and served in many positions throughout the years. Paul was a very easygoing man blessed with a sense of humor. He could be found playing practical jokes on his neighboring farmer friends or bowling team members, as he bowled at the Recreation Bar and Bowling Alley in Scotland for many years."
Paul passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland having attained the age of 89 years and 14 days.
He is survived and remembered by his three children: Bob (Roseann) Bainbridge of Grand Junction, CO, June Bainbridge of Flagstaff, AZ, and Kay (Mike) Smidt of Menno; grandchildren: Vanessa Jones, Logan Smidt, and Elisa Bainbridge; and great-grandson Izaac Richards.
He was preceded in death by his wife Eunice, his parents, son Tom, and sister Kathleen Nelson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be designated for charity and will be sent at the family’s discretion.