R. Paul Van Luven
March 26, 2020
Robert Paul Van Luven died March 26, 2020; he was 74. Born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Paul resided in the Syracuse area for the majority of his life but always kept that rebel spirit.
During the Vietnam era, Paul enlisted in and was proud to be a United States Marine. He was awarded the Sharpshooter and Good Conduct medals. He was employed by the U. S. Postal System for thirty-three years.
Paul had a keen interest in military history, most notably WW II and the Civil War, amassing an extensive collection of books and memorabilia on these subjects. He was an avid model builder, a hobby he began in grade school. Paul enjoyed meticulously hand-painting military models and creating realistic battle dioramas.
Paul loved his Harley; that bike was his freedom. The next time you hear a deep rumble of thunder in the sky, imagine Paul tearing it up!
Paul was a member of The Council Motorcycle Club. “Bamm- Bamm” is fondly remembered by his biker brothers from their many runs and countless adventures over the years.
Paul could play piano by ear and he was ever hopeful that the Steelers would win another Super Bowl. He will especially be remembered for his sense of humor.
Paul was predeceased by his parents, Roy and Irene Van Luven, his brother Lee, his daughter-in-law Tomomi Yoshida, and his nephew LeRoy Paul.
Paul is survived by his son Christian and grandson Kaii of Brewerton, NY, daughter Aimee Rayo of Las Vegas, son Kevin Rayo of New York City, sister Lorraine, his Aunt, nieces, nephews, and life-long friends Don Evans, Dave Gross and Rod Baird.
Contributions in Paul’s memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.
Burial in Onondaga County Veterans cemetery with Military Honors.
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