Loving husband and father, Paul Pierre Didier died peacefully at home on June 15, surrounded by his five daughters at the age of 85.
Paul was born on September 20, 1936, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from Marquette High School, in 1954 and earned an Engineering Degree from Marquette University, in 1958. Paul married Bonnie Jean Stott on September 6, 1958, after being introduced by friends on a blind date. They were married for 61 years.
Paul began his career in 1958 as a Civil Engineer for the City of Milwaukee, and then in 1967 took a position at the Department of Natural Resources in Madison. Paul retired from the DNR in 1998 after 31 years of service. Throughout his life, he and Bonnie enjoyed spending summers at Camp Charles Allis with friends and family and captaining his pontoon boat on Lake Beulah in East Troy, WI. He derived great pleasure in being with his 13 grandchildren and following their interests and accomplishments. He was affectionately known as Bompa or ‘Bomps’. Throughout his life, he loved to ride his bike, and in the 1980’s ran numerous marathons. One thing he was especially proud of was his family’s 1926 Lincoln sedan touring car.
Paul was a devout Catholic and a dutiful servant to the Church as an Usher and Volunteer. He also volunteered many years as a delivery driver for the local Meals on Wheels. Paul served on many committees and boards such as his local condominium board of directors, Camp Charles Allis Association, Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials, and the Lake Beulah Protective & Improvement Association.
Paul is survived by his five daughters, Mary Didier Kuypers (John) of Madison, Susan Didier Struve (Matthew) of Evanston, IL, Sara Didier Brechbill (Shawn) of San Clemente, CA, Jane Didier Wegner (Steve) of Madison and Amy Didier Johnson (Erik) of Middleton. Paul was the loving and adoring grandfather of 13 grandchildren: Genna Didier Jankowski (Alec), Taylor John Kuypers, Paige Elisabeth Schaeffer (Evan), Juliana Evelyn Struve (fiancé Andrew Koutsoftas), Sarah Grace Kuypers, Lukas Merrill Brechbill, Natalie Elizabeth Struve, Lily Kathleen Brechbill, Sophia Adeline Wegner, Payton Quinn Johnson, Olivia Caroline Wegner, Avery Grace Johnson and Katharine Eleanor Struve; and 1 great-grandchild Hattie James Jankowski. Paul is preceded in death by his devoted and loving wife Bonnie Jean (Stott) and son Michael Paul Didier.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 602 Everglade Dr. Madison, WI, officiated by Fr. Bart Timmerman. Visitation will be held at the church prior to the Mass 9:30am-10:45am. A luncheon reception will follow Mass at the church. A private family burial will be held at Resurrection Cemetery. The Mass will be live streamed through the following link: https://www.youtube.com/c/StThomasAquinasChurchMadison/.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Camp Charles Allis Assoc., W2035 Beulah Heights Rd, East Troy, WI 53120, Agrace.org or the charity of your choice.
Paul’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the exceptional care provided by Jeri and her team at NaturalCareNursing.com and Agrace Hospice.
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6021 University Ave. Madison
Camp Charles Allis Assoc.
W2035 Beulah Heights Rd, East Troy WI 53120
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