Paul David Bliss, son of Herbert and Coral (Gran) Bliss, was born on June 22, 1941 (Vermillion). He died on Feb. 10, 2014, at the age of 72 in the Sanford Vermillion Care Center.
After high school Paul attended California Mortuary School where he met (Janice) Gayle Peterson whom he affectionately called “Jan Baby, the blond bomber from beautiful downtown Burbank.” They were married in North Hollywood, CA, on May 2, 1964. Following their wedding, Paul accepted a position at Miller Funeral Home and the couple moved to Sioux Falls. Shortly thereafter, Paul and Gayle moved back to Vermillion where he was employed at Iverson Funeral Home. Over the course of his life, Paul had a variety of interests and professional endeavors, including ownership of Bunyan’s for almost a decade and 30 years with the USD Medical School where he was in charge of the body donation program. Paul was best known for his wonderful “Bliss Barbeque.” He enjoyed spending time at the river, using his colorful expressions, and drinking a quality beverage.
Paul is survived by his wife and their children, Julie (Tim) Heine and Craig all of Vermillion; brother, Gary Bliss of San Diego, CA; three grandsons, Luke Heine (fiancée Katie Sokolowski), Gerrit Heine, and Seth Heine; and one great-grandson, Maxon Paul Heine, and 12 nieces and nephews. Paul was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to St. Agnes School (Vermillion) or the Art with Ari Program c/o the Dakota Hospital Foundation.
A celebration of life was 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion with burial of ashes at a later date. Visitation began at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at the church. hansenfuneralhome.com.