Paul Joseph Truschke was born in Chicago, Illinois to Paul and Estelle Truschke. He graduated from Loyola University, joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Long Beach, CA. Paul's service in the Navy was during the Vietnam War. During that time he participated in three deployments to the South China Sea, the Philippines and Viet Nam. He left the Navy as a lieutenant. Following his discharge he accepted a position as a manager working for Pacific Telephone, then one of the AT&T Bell System companies, in the Installation and Maintenance Division.
In 1967 he married his college sweetheart, Sheila, and together they lived in southern CA for nine years. He was promoted and moved to northern California in 1976. He worked on the Bell System divestiture and upon its completion accepted a position in Installation and Maintenance with AT&T. He took early retirement in 1987 and enjoyed retirement by traveling with Sheila throughout Europe and Asia. Paul began volunteering at the Blackhawk Auto Museum and enjoyed it so much that when he read about Forest Home Farms needing more volunteers, he responded. It was love at first sight. He loved everything about it- the people, the kids, the programs and especially enjoyed being called the "canning lady with the deepest voice."
Being a kid at heart himself, he had found his niche. He eventually joined the board of San Ramon Historic Foundation and was elected president, a position he held until his death. The farm has lost its biggest advocate but the legacy he left will live on.
Paul was active in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). He led District 31 East, which included establishing a response center and managing emergency communications during a disaster.
Over the years Paul has received various awards. Among them were UNSUNG Hero (2009) by the San Ramon Rotary and Outstanding Volunteer in Parks and Recreation, District 3 (2015).
Paul spent more than six weeks in ICU at Valley Care Medical Center in Pleasanton. Sheila spent every day with him and appreciated all of the nursing staff and doctors who cared for him so wonderfully, especially Dr. Michael Alper.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 9th at Forest Home Farms, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583 at 11:30am.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the San Ramon Historic Foundation, P.O. Box 1, San Ramon, CA 94583 in Paul's name