1929 – 2018
Leo Paul Tilby, loyal husband and friend, devoted father, cowboy, avid fisherman and deer hunter, compassionate lover of life, passed away at the age of 89 on May 18, 2018 as a result of a broken hip, Pulmonary Disease, Atrial Fibrillation and other health complications. Paul was born on May 10, 1929 in Holden, Utah to Leo Vincent and Marie Jensen Tilby and later moved to Ely, Nevada with his parents.
Paul joined the Navy at the age of 17 (lied on the application) and was stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii where he worked as a cook, was a welter-weight boxer and rode his Harley Davidson motorcycle along the coastal highway at night watching the waves crash onto shore in the moonlight. He cherished his time in the Navy.
Paul returned to Ely, Nevada after his service in the Navy, and married his high school sweetheart, Cathryne “Ki” Sertic, on April 9, 1952. Paul and Ki had two children, Cathy and David. Paul loved to fish and hunt with his two favorite companions, his children. He worked for the Nevada Northern Railroad from the time he returned to Ely from the Navy until retirement at the age of 55, attaining the position of Conductor. He loved his fellow crew members and they always had laughs together pulling antics with each other.
Paul and Ki moved to the Wentworth at Willowcreek Assisted Living in Sandy, Utah near their daughter at the end of August, 2017, due to Paul having a couple of falls. The people at the Wentworth soon learned of his wit and favorite sayings, like “Who has more fun than people?”, and “Who’s that? That you?”. He will be greatly missed by all who came to know him.
Paul is survived by his wife, Ki, and daughter Cathy (Hal Whipple), grandchildren Jamie Whipple and Tricia (Clete) Landefeld, his brothers Francis (Della) Tilby and George (Kathy) Tilby, his sisters Joan (Jim) Bell and Karen Riding. His son, David, preceded him in death, as well as his sister LaRue (Jack) Bennett.
The family would like to thank the Wentworth at Willowcreek Assisted Living, Sandy, Utah and Brighton Home Health Care for their kind and loving care.
There will be no funeral service. A Celebration Of Life will be held in Ely, Nevada on Saturday, July 7th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Art Bank, 399 Aultman Street.