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Rev. Ron Shifley
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“The Singing in God’s Acre”
“Morning Has Broken”
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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.
We have fond memories of Paul throughout the 12 years we served in Scotland. Our thoughts and prayers with the family. Pastor Mark, Valerie, Noah and Grace Werner
Mark & Valerie Werner Feb 10 2015 3:02 PM
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Paul deboer Feb 3 2015 7:52 PM
We are so sorry to hear of Paul's passing away. Know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. I remember many church activities with the Bainbridge family. Take care.
Verlyn and Joy Vanorny Jan 30 2015 9:34 AM
Bob, June & Kay, My sympathy on the loss of your dad. He was a pillar in the community and the Presbyterian Church. I remember very well the years growing up in Scotland when your family lived down the block from my grandma Orth and the many ways your folks showed kindness to our family when our dad passed away so young. May the good deeds he did here on earth bring him many rewards in heaven. Prayers, Jane
Jane (Orth) Rokusek Jan 29 2015 11:17 AM
Bob, We are thinking of you during the difficult time. Kim & Pat
Kim & Pat Gage Jan 28 2015 12:44 PM
So sorry for your loss. I knew your dad for many years. He was a great guy. Prayers to all of you. Connie K. Luke
Connie K. Luke (Cokens) Jan 28 2015 11:17 AM
We send our heartfelt sympathy at this sad time. How we enjoyed working with Paul at the Historical Society meetings and events. One special memory we have is how much Paul enjoyed taking part in the annual Stampede Days parade . He loved working on the float and enjoyed riding on the float dressed up in vintage attire. He was a friend to all and we will miss him so much. May God grant you comfort in the days ahead. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Marvin and Agnes Thum
Marvin and Agnes Thum Jan 27 2015 1:40 PM
Wishing you Gods Peace
Marlene Luikens Jan 27 2015 10:50 AM
Our deepest sympathy to all of you. I enjoyed working with Paul on the BH Conservation Board and we had such fun with him and Eunice at our Christmas parties. He will be missed.
Stan and Rita Schuch Jan 26 2015 6:31 PM
It was such a joy to get to know your dad the last couple of years of his life. He reminded me so much of my dad, out farming, as he was able, all the way to the end. Paul was such an important part of our church family. He was there every Sunday, and I knew that his faith in Jesus Christ was vital to him. May you know the love of Paul's church family during these coming days and weeks as we surround you in prayer.
Rev. Ron Shifley Jan 26 2015 3:21 PM