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Paul A. Elking

June 18, 1938 ~ May 18, 2022 (age 83)


Paul A. Elking, age 83, of Celina, passed away at Kindred Hospital in Lima on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

Born June 18, 1938, he was a son of the late Joseph Elking and Anna (Leugers) Elking Miller.

Paul and Mary Ann Darnell were married in 1965.  Mary Ann survives, along with children: Elaine Elking of St. Marys, and Kenneth Elking, Carol (Terry) Walter, and David (Heather) Elking, all of Celina.

Also surviving are nine grandchildren: Melissa, Nicholas, Christopher, Clay, Stephanie, Cortland, Cali, Dylan and Morgan, six great grandchildren: Mahalie, Maddox, Makinsley, Connor, Lucy Lou and Millie Mae, and sisters-in-law: Antoinette (Douglas) Shema of Celina and Catherine Darnell of Cincinnati.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, David Elking on March 7, 1959, a son, Michael Edward Elking, on September 17, 1988, a sister, Clara (Rolland “Pete”) Adams, two brothers, George “Cookie” Elking and Donald (Clara) Elking, daughter-in-law, Danielle M. Elking, and a brother-in-law, James Robert Darnell.

A graduate of Immaculate Conception High School, Paul served in the United States Army Reserve. He worked at the Mersman Furniture Factory for many years, and later he and Mary Ann owned and operated Paul's Furniture and Paul's Mini Mall in Celina.

Paul was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and Knights of Columbus Council #1800 in Celina.  His favorite activities were bargain hunting and attending auctions. Paul enjoyed "tinkering" and built his own home, barn, and shed in rural Celina.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 PM on Thursday, June 2nd at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home, Celina.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, June 3rd at Immaculate Conception Church, Celina.

Burial will follow at St. Marys Cemetery, Celina.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.


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Calling Hours
June 2, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth FH - Celina
218 West Market St.
Celina, OH 45822

Mass of Christian Burial
June 3, 2022

10:30 AM
Immaculate Conception Church
409 N. Walnut St.
Celina, OH 45822

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