Paul Raymond Diles, 90, of Tipp City, passed away Friday, January 22, 2021 at his home. He was born January 24, 1930 in Portsmouth, a son of the late Curtis and Lena Belford Diles, Sr.
Paul retired in 1989 when he sold his company, LaserMike, located in Dayton. He obtained an Associate Degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Dayton and he was an accomplished inventor and entrepreneur. He also served in the Air Force during the Korean War where he was awarded the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Paul was also a 1948 Portsmouth High School graduate.
Paul is survived by his wife of 70 years, Sarah Louise Gillum Diles. The couple was married June 3, 1950 in Portsmouth. Also surviving are two sisters, Deloris Walker of West Portsmouth and Sonja Rice of Reynoldsburg; his friend and former business partner, Harry Petrohilos of Yellow Springs; and many nieces, nephews and their families whom he dearly loved.
In addition to his parents, Paul was also preceded in death by five brothers, Curtis Diles, Jr., Travis D. Diles, James M. Diles, Donald L. Diles and Alva E. “Sonny” Diles; and four sisters, Lorraine Traber, Carolyn Sue Potts, Doris Diles and Edna Stiltner.
Funeral services with Facebook Live Stream will be held at 1 P.M. Wednesday at the Ralph F. Scott Funeral Home in Portsmouth with Dennis Dawes, minister, officiating and interment in Memorial Burial Park. Viewers may access the Live Stream via the funeral home Facebook page at 1 P.M.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 11 A.M. until the funeral hour. Face masks are required and social distancing will be practiced.
In honor of Mr. Diles’ service to our country, the flag of the US Air Force will fly at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, reach out and help someone in need, as Paul and Sarah often did.