Paul E. McGilton was born Feb. 19, 1925, in Columbus, Ohio, to Guy P. and Helen (Terrill) McGilton.
Paul was raised in Ohio until the age of 7, when his family moved to Northwest Colorado and homesteaded on Fortification Creek north of Craig.
He attended country schools and Mesa State College in Grand Junction. Paul served in the U.S. Army during WWII.
Paul married Mary Ann Bertran on June 18, 1959, in Grand Junction, and they made their home in Craig.
Paul worked for J.J. Stanton Trucking for 15 years and then had his own trucking business.
He was a life member of the Craig VFW Post No. 4265 and was very proud of his military service. He enjoyed playing solitaire, playing cards, doing puzzles of any kind and building model trucks.
He also was known for giving nicknames to all those around him.
Paul died July 5, 2007, at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Denver.
He is survived by wife Mary Ann McGilton of Craig; daughter Susan (Jerry) Delay of Black Canyon, Ariz.; son Dennis (Charlene) McGilton of Grand Junction; grandchildren Shawn, Joni, Katrina, and Paul; great grandchildren Skyler, Jayden, Wyatt, Dustin, Landon, Shalise, Colton, Trevor and Bailey; and numerous other relatives.
His parents, Guy Paul McGilton and Helen Nance, and a sister, Flora Jane Spillman, preceded Paul in death.
Funeral services were held July 11, 2007, at the Grant Mortuary Chapel in Craig, with Pastor Doug Zirkle of Mission of Grace Church in Hayden officiating. The soloist was Wanda Brown, who sang "Amazing Grace" and "In the Garden," accompanied by Anne Carr. Honorary pallbearers were all of Paul's family and his many friends. Cremation followed the service.