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Paul Saveraid

Paul Saveraid, 84, of Cambridge, passed away April 24, 2014 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Funeral services were held Monday, April 28 at Palestine Lutheran Church in Huxley. Burial was in the Palestine Church Cemetery.

Paul Joel Saveraid was born June 22, 1929 to J.O. and Eva (Satterlee) Saveraid in Story County, Iowa. Paul served as a crew chief on B-47 Bombers in the United States Air Force, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. Paul and Katherine Vespestad were married June 25, 1953. He was a farmer and worked as a hydraulic specialist at John Deere and retired after 32 years. Paul invented and patented a 3-point hitch cement mixer and bin for Ferguson tractors. He built and sold them for several years. Paul was a life-long member of Palestine Lutheran Church and the Central Iowa Chapter of the Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club. He loved farming, restoring tractors and traveling. He was always willing to help others and his family was the joy of his life. Paul was a man of faith, a loyal husband and loving father and grandfather.

Paul is survived by his wife, Katherine Saveraid, of Cambridge; three daughters, Norma (Keith) Colton, of Cedar Rapids, Debra (Dan) Hoffman, of Marion and Sandra (Bill) Harleen, of Madrid; thirteen grandchildren, Kimberly, Jeff and Ben Colton, David (Lindsay), Aaron, Leah (Richard) Luth and Stephen Hoffman, Luke and McKenzie Shaffer, Matthew Farquharson, Cristen (Brian) Harmon, Melinda (Jason) Kam and Brian Harleen; four great-grandchildren, Jacob and Bradley Hoffman and Charlie and William Harmon; his brother, Arthur (Marilyn) Saveraid, of Huxley; his sister, Janet Roberts, of Oceanside, California; his son-in-law, Sam (Andrea) Shaffer, of Cambridge; his sister-in-law Shirley Saveraid, of Collins; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, DeAnn Shaffer; and two brothers, Kenneth Saveraid and Herbert (Lorrie) Saveraid.

Memorials may be designated to Palestine Lutheran Church in Huxley.

Soderstrum Funeral Home in Slater is assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences and photos may be shared at

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