In Memory

Paul Vorhes** - Class Of 1962

Paul Vorhes**

Paul W. Vorhes, Jr.
1944 - 2004

Paul, born February 5, 1944, died January 30, 2004 at the age of 59. Paul was very active at Johnson; played football as a freshman, junior and senior. Member of the Drama Club, Speech Club, Student Council, Senior Class President, Latin Club, Red Cross Rep. Paul was given the Outstanding Athlete Award as a Freshman, winning the A.A.U. Athletic Award and also earned the Merit Scholarship Comnmendation as a JHS Senior.

Paul left Japan before the rest of his family to marry Susie Chapman, another JHS student, who had returned to the States; he was 18 yrs old. Paul and Susie had a daughter but later divorced. Paul joined the Air Force in 1966 after he finished nursing school in San Antonio. The Air Force trained him to be a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), sending him to Viet Nam (twice), where he received two Purple Hearts. Paul was there for the Tet Offensive and for a while was a prisoner of war. Paul was very active during the war as a member of a surgical team that performed over 400 surgeries in about 2 days. After the war, Paul retired from the Air Force with ten years of service and moved to Houston, Texas. The war was very damaging to his spirit. Paul, like many others suffered from post traumatic stress disorder, malaria and battled his own demons for many years.

Paul was proceded in death by his father, Paul Wesley Vorhes, Sr. and is survived by his mother, Oma Vorhes and his sister Connie Vorhes Hockema of Austin,Texas; daughter Cindy; two sons: Travis and Doug. Condolences may be sent to Paul's sister Connie Vorhes Hockema, class of 1965.

The Johnson High Alumni will miss Paul very much.

Tribute from Joe Carretto:
"He loved my sister and he served his country, his patients, and all he knew. Now he's earned his peace." - Joe Carretto, Paul's brother-in-law