September 16, 1922 - January 16, 2020
Paul Sause of Florence, Ore., passed away peacefully Jan. 16, 2020. He was 97. Paul was born Sept. 16, 1922 in Tillamook, Ore., to Henry Sr. and Mary Catherine (Hickey) Sause.
Born in the depression era, to a large Irish family of eight, Paul was the sixth of seven boys. His sister, Catherine, died of smallpox; times were tough. Growing up, he was rambunctious and strong-willed. He was run off the playground by a teacher with a switch at Catholic school in fifth grade and never looked back. He refused to continue formal education and was determined to self-educate. He read incessantly, remembered everything and mastered the art of the sale early. He joined his father and older brothers operating on the rivers feeding into Tillamook Bay, where the sawmill owners hired them to move log rafts.
In 1948, Paul formally joined his family working at the company they founded in 1936, known today as Sause Bros., Inc. During his tenure, he managed the California operations for the tug and barge company, which grew in step with the California building rush, post WWII. At one time they broke records for the board footage of lumber hauled from the Pacific Northwest to California. The company innovated methods for loading and discharging logs, tandem towing of lumber barges, and together the company and employee, Bud Fuller, invented and patented the Orville Hook, used to retrieve lost towing bridles. Paul initiated the company’s common carrier service to the Hawaiian Islands in 1966.
Ultimately the company expanded to provide barge service in the Pacific Coastwise trade between Oregon, Washington, California, Hawaii, Alaska and Canada. He became President in 1976 when his brother, Henry Jr., passed away. Paul retired in 1991 and for the next three decades proudly observed the next generation diversify and continue to grow the company, never hesitating to offer advice through daily calls and regular office, vessel and crew visits. He was able to make the drive from Florence to Coos Bay until he was 95. He took delight in the fact that he memorized the wall chart for the vision test at the DMV to renew his license, for five more years!
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Paul was preceded in death by his brothers Henry Jr., Curtis, Frank, Joseph, and William; his first wife, Katherine, as well as his son, Richard Sause.
He is survived by his wife, Judy; brother, Gene Sause; daughters, Paula M. Sause and Mary M. Sause Strom; son, Dale (Heidi) Sause; daughter in law, Sue Sause; grandchildren, Cory, Taylor and Caitlin Sause, Shannon Strom and Ben Varone and great-grandson, Samuel D. Schnitzer.
Paul is also survived by his best friend Jenil Nandu.
In keeping with Paul’s wishes, no memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paul’s name to the American Heart Association.
Burns Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.