Paul John Stormo
Stormo, Paul John Age 80, of Edina, passed away on May 4, 2017. Preceded in death by parents, Henry and Phoebe Stormo, and sister, Jean Mack. Survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Ruth; son, David; daughter Karla (Jeff) Paul; and granddaughter, Sophia. Paul received his BS in mechanical engineering, and his MS in business from the University of Minnesota. His early career with Graco brought him to Germany and France where he lived with his family for seven years and became a self-described Europhile. After returning to the U.S., he worked as part-owner and CEO of an X-ray manufacturing company in Chicago and then as President of Artograph in Minneapolis. Exemplary of his leadership, he championed diversity and equality, promoted higher education, and granted scholarships to disadvantaged students. Paul was also an avid athlete. He completed three marathons, bicycled across Iowa, and golfed and skied around the world. In his fifties, he became a tennis teaching pro and taught novices, seniors, and underprivileged youth. He loved to help people succeed. He also enjoyed traveling throughout the world, piloting airplanes, navigating sailboats, and studying world affairs. He was infinitely curious and driven. Paul was, above all, well-loved by his family and many friends for his kindness and generosity, and his unfailing commitment to doing the right thing. He graced us with his indomitable, optimistic spirit and inspired us to be more than we are. We will miss him tremendously. Memorial service Monday, May 15 at 11:00 am at Normandale Lutheran Church. Visitation at the church 10:00 am. Lunch follows. Memorials in lieu of flowers preferred to Lutheran Social Services or Lutheran World Relief.
Published on May 12, 2017
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