Oct. 16, 1923 – March 14, 2014
Paul G. Kies, a World War II veteran, steamfitter and church minister, died Friday in ElderWood Village, Williamsville, after a brief illness. He was 90.
Mr. Kies was born in Mossingen, Germany, and moved to the United States with his family when he was 5. His family settled in Batavia, where his father started Kies & Company, a welding business that manufactured the first steel snowplow for the state.
Mr. Kies graduated from Batavia High School and was drafted into the Army in April 1942. During the war, he served in Tunisia, Sicily, central Italy, southern France and Germany. Wounded while fighting in France, he was awarded a Purple Heart. Because of his fluency in German, he also participated in a counterintelligence mission.
After the war, he married the former Edith Frieda Klein and first lived in Batavia but moved to Buffalo, where Mr. Kies worked as a steamfitter for several companies, including EJ Moran and Dyce Inc. He was a member of Local 22, Plumbers and Steamfitters.
Mr. Kies was an unpaid minister for 38 years for New Apostolic Church and served as pastor of a Town of Tonawanda congregation from 1958 to 1988. He also volunteered at Kevin Guest House.
His wife died in 1996, just before their 50th wedding anniversary.
Survivors include two daughters, Edith and Marlisa; a son, Paul; two sisters, Olga and Elizabeth; a brother, Ewald; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in New Apostolic Church, 314 Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga.