Ian Thomas Pau Journal

Ian Thomas Pau 7-15-1934 ~ 7-20-2014

Our dad/grandfather passed away this past Sunday. We love him and miss him.

Ian in the Air Force 1957 with note to his mom. Click for full size.
Ian in the Air Force 1957 with note to his mom. Click for full size.

Funeral Service July 25, 2014. Click for full size.
Funeral Service July 25, 2014. Click for full size.

Here is his obituary
Ian Thomas Pau, 80, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at his home in Moline, Illinois after battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for the past seven years.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 25, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Avenue, Moline. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the funeral home. Following the funeral service, burial will be at National Cemetery at Rock Island Arsenal. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities.

Ian was born on July 15, 1934, in Hong Kong to John and Florence Awai Pau.

After graduating from high school in Hong Kong in 1954, Ian received a four-year, full scholarship to Central Washington College of Education (now called Central Washington University) in Ellensburg, Washington. Before Ian received his degree, he joined the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed in the Philippines as well as the states of Washington, Ohio, Alaska, and Georgia. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Valdosta State College in 1970, Ian left the Air Force and headed to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. In 1973, he received a Master’s Degree in Economics.

Ian worked for Sundstrand in Ames, Iowa and then the Iowa Development Commission in Des Moines, Iowa before coming to the Quad Cities in 1975 to work as an economist for Deere & Company at their headquarters in Moline. He later began teaching computer-related courses at the Rock Island Arsenal. In addition, Ian served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1983 to 1993. Ian retired in 1994.

Ian met Betty Nobuko Sasame at college; they were married on September 14, 1958, in Spokane, Washington. They were happily married for 55 years. Ian was a member of the Jaycees, Toastmasters, and Master Gardeners. He enjoyed photography, computers, and his fourteen grandchildren.

Ian is survived by his spouse, Betty N., of Moline, Illinois; his son, Timothy R. (Jeri L.) Pau, of Fountain Valley, California; his daughter, Mavis F. Shannan, of Dublin, Ohio; his son, Gregory L. Pau, of Aurora, Colorado; his brother, Michael A. (Cyrilla) Pau, of Marlboro, New Jersey; his sister, Vivian (Robert) Pai, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; his grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Ian was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Sylvia M Pau.

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