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Paul Edmond Ison

Paul Edmond Ison, age 68 of Suffolk, VA went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 25, 2022. He was born February 15, 1954 in Portsmouth, Ohio to Lemuel and Jean (Hammond) Ison. He was a 1972 graduate of Glenwood High School in New Boston, OH and studied elementary education at Rio Grande University and Mount Vernon Nazarene College.

He spent his entire career teaching at Vern Riffe School in Portsmouth, Ohio. Ed was a devoted Christian and attended Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church. He spent most early mornings walking the grounds of the church on what he called his “prayer walks” as he prayed and communed with the Lord.  He touched countless lives teaching Sunday school, youth group, children’s church and music lessons for over 30 years.

Ed wanted everyone he came in contact with to know Jesus. Whether it was in-person or writing a note, you would hear about Jesus when you talked to him. Ed's children remember his sense of humor. He loved to draw cartoons to make himself and his loved ones laugh! He enjoyed woodworking and crafted many stringed instruments as gifts for his family and friends.

Ed is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kathy and three children, Matthew (Kimberly) Ison of Columbus, Ohio; Mindy (Jay Mitchell) Ison of Portsmouth, Virginia; and Jonathon (Brittany) Ison of Ashville, Ohio. He was an adoring grandpa of six grandchildren: Allyson, Maxwell, Stella, Nathaniel, Junia, and Julian. He is also survived by a brother, Ted (Cindy) Ison of Kokomo, Indiana and many loving friends and family members. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Ben, in 1997.

The family will hold a private memorial service.

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A candle was lit in memory of Paul Ison

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Frank Titus Aug 4 2022 9:56 AM

Ed was a wonderful person to know. We are sorry for his passing. But we are happy for Ed. He is home. We will see him soon. May God send comfort to all of his family and friends. Love ❤️. Sandy and James

Sandra Patrick Aug 1 2022 9:05 AM

Prayers for the Family of Ed Ison May God comfort the hearts of each of ;you. May the memories of Eds life give you comfort. During this difficult time. Rest in peace .
Prayers for family.
Don and Pam Bradford

Don and Pam Bradford Jul 31 2022 10:07 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Paul Ison

Oren Catlin Jul 29 2022 2:54 PM