Paul Richard Pell


Paul Richard Pell, age 77, died June 30, 2017, at his home in Nashville, Indiana.

Born September 2, 1939, in Hamilton, Ohio, the only child of Paul Asa and Pauline Elizabeth (Kovats) Pell, Paul was a 1957 graduate of Hamilton High, after which he attended college, then graduated Cincinnati Art Academy prior to enlisting in the Army National Guard.

He married Kay Morgan (now Combs of Bonita Springs, Florida) in 1963 and had a daughter, Paige Elizabeth Pell (Indianapolis).

In the early ’60s, Paul exercised his passion for racing sports cars, driving a Mini in SCCA championship racing. In the ’70s, he returned to Bloomington and then Nashville, Indiana, where he was a founding member and banjo player in the String Bean String Band and partner in Wooden Highways, a wooden toy business. There he met and married Carol Pfutzenreuter (now Satre of Indianapolis) in 1976.

Later, Paul fulfilled a lifelong dream, moving to Redwood City, California, where he held jobs in motorcycle and auto parts management. Anyone who knew him was aware of his passion for sports cars and motorsports, so these suited him well. This love took him to Atlanta, where he bought and restored his dream car, a 1959 Bugeye Sprite. His heart was always in Indiana and he returned there in 2006 to live out his years in the peace and solitude of the woods of Brown County, playing music, building intricate models and restoring banjos. His ashes will be spread there and at Moss Beach near Half Moon Bay, California.

Paul was a lifelong cat lover. The family suggests donations in his memory be made to the Brown County Humane Society at or by mail to P.O. Box 746, Nashville IN 47448.

Paige would like to recognize and thank Paul’s special friends and caregivers who supported him during his illness the last few years.

Friends and family are invited to gather in remembrance at the Brown County Art Gallery, 1 Artist Drive, Nashville, IN 47448, on Sunday, Sept. 3 from 2 to 5 p.m.