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A child of the One True King, Paul Philip Saneman entered this life in 1935, in Baltimore, Md. He was the second child of four boys.
He excelled at academics and received his undergraduate degree from Loyola College. He received his medical degree from the University of Maryland. He worked his way through medical school by painting houses in his spare time. He completed his internship at Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital. He then completed a residency in OB/GYN at Methodist Hospital and Graduate Medical Center, in Indianapolis, Ind. This was followed by a fellowship in GYN Endocrinology at the University Hospital, in Augusta, GA. He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force at Sheppard AFB, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
In 1975, he married Suzan, the love of his life. They moved to Joplin, Mo., where he started his own medical practice. Over his medical career, he delivered thousands of babies and made a positive difference in the lives of his patients. He was devoted to his patients and provided excellent care to them. In 1995, he retired from medicine and relocated to Poteau, Okla., where he lived for more than 20 years.
He is survived by his wife, Suzan Saneman; his brothers, Steve Saneman and Dave Saneman; his children, Jeff Saneman (Karen), Dr. Mark Saneman, Sharon Cassidy, Eric Taylor (Lisa), Dr. Ley Taylor-Jones (Scott), and Cheryl Holyfield (Kelly). He is also survived by grandchildren, Derik, Dylan, Allison, Anna, Aidan, Emma, Isaac, Grace, and Rachel.
He was a member of Park Plaza Christian Church, Joplin, since 1976. He also served on the board of Lamb & Lion Ministry, of McKinney, Texas, for more than 20 years. He was devastated when his youngest child, David Taylor, passed away in 1985. His Christian faith carried him through difficult times in his life and he never lost faith in God's goodness. He believed every day was a gift from God and should be used for God's Glory. He was also preceded in death by his parents, and other brother, William.
He loved his family and friends and was always grateful for their support. He enjoyed woodworking, studying the Bible, and taking care of his dogs.
Burial was completed in the Ft. Smith (Ark.) National Cemetery, with full military honors, on July 21, 2017 with friends and family attending.
The family would like to thank the following friends for their love and support over the past few months: Florence Powers, David and Vicki Earhart, JD and Helen Johnson and daughters, Debbie and Leigh, Howard and Joann Utech, Dave and Connie Narrell, Tyler Gossett, B.A. Austin, Walt and Susie Carnes, Becky Walker, Edy Newby, Norma Highley, Dr. Brian Firestone, Dr. Bernard Bettasso, the staff at Compassus and anyone else we failed to acknowledge.
Donations may be made to Park Plaza Christian Church.
Published on July 23, 2017
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