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Paul F. Derflinger, 83, of Missoula, passed away Monday, March 12, 2012 of natural causes while residing at The Springs Senior Community. Paul lived his final years sharing his joy and happiness with everyone whom he came in contact with. He so appreciated the loving care he received from everyone at The Springs. Paul was born January 2, 1929, in Vinita, Craig County, Oklahoma to George Albert and Blanche Mae Derflinger. He married Violet Anita Bone (Hager) in Eureka, CA and together they raised their family. They were married 54 years. Paul was a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force. In 1967 he received the USAF commendation medal for notorious meritorious achievement. His final assignment was at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. He proudly served his entire career in the USAF. He was also a member of the Elks Club. In 1987, Paul and Violet moved to Arlee, where they retired. Paul was a happy man with a great sense of humor. He adored his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved camping and fishing with his sons Mark and Ernest. Paul also loved to engage in a lively game of poker. Paul was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Violet. Survivors include his sons; Mark of St. Ignatius, and Ernest (Cathy) of Ronan; one grandchild Amber and two great grandchildren. Garden City Funeral Home & Crematory are entrusted with arrangements. A memorial service will be held at a later date which will be announced. Condolences for the family may be left at www.missoulafuneralhomes.com

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