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    Paul and I communicated a few times. A nice gentleman with some very nice Studebakers.

    Paul Szikszai Nov. 3, 1942 - May 16, 2014 SOUTH BEND - Paul Szikszai, 71, passed away at 6:38 am Friday, May 16, 2014, in Spectrum Health Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Paul was born on November 3, 1942, in Budapest, Hungary, to Paul and Elizabeth (Voros) Szikszai. He retired in 2004 from 1st Source Bank where he was a computer programmer. Paul was a member of the Studebaker Club, attended the annual swap meets, and enjoyed his life-long passion for restoring classic Studebakers. He also was honorably discharged from the United States Army. On November 30, 2000 in Romania he married Anna Henczes who survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Paula Cochran of Granger, Rachael Szikszai of Tulsa, OK, Jullie (Carter) Stucker of Skiatook, OK and Angela (Dustin) Garris of Fairhope, AL; two step-children, Orsolya (Randy) Balint-Langel of Cedar Rapids, IA and Zsolt Balint of South Bend; three grandchildren, Nicole, Stephannie, and Isabella and two great-grandchildren. There will be no services or visitation. Cremation will take place. Zahoran Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. To leave an online condolence, please visit our website at, or our Facebook page, Zahoran Funeral Home. - See more at:
    "Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional." author unknown

  • #2
    I just bought a 59 Lark HT from Paul 3 weeks ago. Was friendly person as I visited with him at SASCO and his home. Always invited me down to his computer to show his work pictures. Will miss him.


    • #3
      I am saddened to hear of his passing. I met Paul and some of his family at his home during the 2012 Studebaker National Meet as I had purchased an NOS Lark rear fender from him. He showed me his collection of Studebakers that he had restored and he told me of how he had purchased several NOS Studebaker parts over the years from local garage sales, as former Studebaker employees had brought new parts home as souvenirs after the factory shut down. Paul was a great asset to the Studebaker community and will be missed.
      In the middle of MinneSTUDEa.


      • #4
        Deepest condolences to Anna & family. I have visited with Paul many times over the years at Studebaker gatherings & at his home. I am saddened by his untimley passing & know that he will be sorely missed by his many friends & loved ones. He was an exemplary gentleman with many talents & fine character. I know he has entered Studebaker Valhalla.
        Barry'd in Studes


        • #5
          Below are the words of a family member who does not use the forum. I also knew Paul and will miss the thought of sitting around his wood stove in his garage and listening to his tales of his latest project, while Ana would give us treats of wonderful flavored cake or tea.

          "Honestly, it took a few days before I felt like writing this. When his step-son Zsolt called me and let me know, it really hit me much like a punch to the stomach. Although his passing was not unexpected given the circumstances in the last year, his passing still drove home a feeling of great loss.

          Paul was much more then just a friend in many ways to me. His passing is an end of an era. He was one of the few I truly could just be myself around. He didn't judge my own sometimes poor social skills, was always helpful, and he was just always himself. He was one of those true friends that one is blessed to of had in their life. I will treasure the memories of some of the Studebaker expeditions we went on together in the SB area. My visits to South Bend will just never be the same. My prayers are with Ana, Orsolya, and Zsolt. "
          Last edited by 4jc8z; 05-27-2014, 07:14 PM.


          • #6
            Ohh, this breaks my heart

            Paul and I became good friends after I helped him buy and transport his Coupe Express. He was very grateful and had me to his home a few times. For those that don't know, Paul was a retired computer specialist who lived his retirement dream of restoring wayward Studebakers. Somewhat shy by nature, he was never big on taking his cars out to Meets. In fact, he didn't have much interest in driving them at all. When I visited he showed me his collection- at least one example of any post-war models: C, K, Champ and other pickups, and two Lark convertibles. They were all lined up in a long building, completed and on battery tenders. Behind that building was another with projects in waiting. In nthe attached garage would be his current project; he did one at a time. As soon as it was finished to his satisfaction, it wnt into the long building and the next project was started.

            A few years back, he decided he wanted a CE. Not a nice one, but a project he could do his way. Finally, one was found in the NW; but he was leery due to having no idea how to get it shipped. He asked me for advice, and in short order arrangements were made to get the disassembled project delivered. Paul ended up doing it as a mild custom, painted Candy Apple Red. Last time I was there he proudly showed it to me, and took myself and a friend to Tippecanoe Place for a wonderful lunch, for which he insisted upon paying as thanks for helping him get the truck. As always, it was a great time with a friend, and remains a great memory.

            Of course, I do not get to SB nearly as much as I would like, and so had not seen Paul in a while. Apparently he had been ill, but I had no idea. I was floored to see here that he had passedAt least I had a chance to get to know Paul as a friend, and help him live out a part of his dream.

            RIP, my friend. I believe we will meet again Up Yonder.
            Proud NON-CASO

            I do not prize the word "cheap." It is not a badge of is a symbol of despair. ~ William McKinley

            If it is decreed that I should go down, then let me go down linked with the truth - let me die in the advocacy of what is just and right.- Lincoln


            Ephesians 6:10-17
            Romans 15:13
            Deuteronomy 31:6
            Proverbs 28:1

            Illegitimi non carborundum


            • #7
              Paul and I connected when he posted on the forum that a family member was going to be at Ball State in Muncie and he wondered if someone might be of assistance in case there was a mechanical problem with one of his Studebakers during the time it was at BSU. A former classmate who has good mechanical skills said he could be contacted. He is a Ford guy and should have some transferable skills which I hope were never needed. Paul later sent me photos of his Studebakers.
              "Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional." author unknown


              • #8
                I just joined the forum after purchasing my first Studebaker, from Paul's widow, about a week and a half ago. I've known Paul since I was born, he and my dad were close and he was always "Uncle" Paul to me, but I think I was more like the son he never had. Some of my favorite childhood memories involved going to Swap Meets with him as a kid and him buying my siblings and I a BBQ sandwich and a tshirt. He had a red and white 1953 Studebaker when I was only 2 or 3 and drove it daily for years and I immediately fell in love with the style of the car and have wanted one since. He always tried to dissuade me from following in his footsteps and restoring cars, prefering I finish college (BS and MBA, and trying to now go for a PhD) and get settled in life (have lived in 4 states now) before spending money on restoring an old car. Now that I now own not only my favorite car, a 1953 Stude, but it was one that Paul restored, it is almost bittersweet. I don't know much about the '53, I saw him restoring it 6-10 years ago(?), and it needs a bit of TLC and repainted after sitting for so long, but its weird to have one and not be able to discuss it with him or ask for his help with it. It's good to see that others here enjoyed his company and will miss visiting wiht him as well. I miss him, he was like family, but I'm just glad to have something to remember him by.


                • #9
                  Justin: Your coments about your memories are deeply appreciated. Paul would be delighted to know you are enjoying a car he restored. Safe driving.
                  "Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional." author unknown