Paul Raymond Babbitt, 96, of Wilton, Wis., passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems–La Crosse. He was born Aug. 1, 1925, in Trempealeau, Wis., to William and Anna Babbitt.
Paul married the love of his life, Darlene Meseberg, on Aug. 2, 1949. He was a truck driver for Tillman’s Produce Company and the Monroe County Highway Department, from which he later retired. Paul enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards with family and friends, bowling, pool, dancing, and family vacations. Paul enjoyed overnight trips with his loving wife, Darlene, to various casinos. Paul always stated Darlene was his sweetie.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene of Wilton; his daughter, Nancy (Terry) McIntyre of La Crosse; his grandchildren, William (Melissa) Cannady of Peekskill, N.Y., Emmanuel (Eve) Cannady of South Bend, Ind., and Serena (Brad) Tremain of Mondovi, Wis.; his step-grandchildren, Jami (Adam) Mandel of Dallas, Texas, and David McIntyre of Morrisonville, Wis.; his sisters-in-law, Genevieve Westerman of La Crosse, Elaine (Jack) McKee of La Crosse, Carol (Rick) Brandau of Holmen; his brother-in-law, James Meseberg of Union Grove, Wis.; his nieces, Diana (Merwyn) Smith of Hot Springs, Ark.; Betty Senske of Southlake, Texas, Jana Frost of New Hampton, Iowa, and Bonnie (Jeff) Henn of New Hampton, Iowa; and great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his daughter, Jane Babbitt; his brother, Robert, and his wife, Arlene Babbitt, of Tomah; his sister, Margaret, and her husband, Harold Boetzel, of Hot Springs, Ark.; his brothers-in-law, Robert Westerman of La Crosse and Jack McKee of La Crosse; and his parents, William and Anna Babbitt.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 401 Mill St., Wilton. Pastor Cathleen Morris will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Wilton.
Relatives and friends are invited for a time of visitation at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
The Smith-Nelson/Sonnenburg Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Floral arrangements can be purchased and online condolences can be made at www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com or by contacting the funeral home.