Paul succumbed to complications related to a lengthy battle of pneumonia with wife of 48 years, Barbara, and family by his side.
Paul spent most of his life working to provide for his family, designing, building and redesigning only to retire and do it for himself, reengineering products that he felt could've been made better.
He could often be seen riding around Staunton on his tricycle talking to anyone who would listen.
He was a man with a thousand stories that brought a million smiles, especially a smile to his buddy, Jack, an abandoned dog he rescued. Along with the ever-present shadow of four other dogs, Baby, Maggie, Ginger and Moosee, who follows his every move.
Paul wasn't just a storyteller, or a hard working, creative thinking animal lover, but a loving husband and father full of knowledge that will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Paul served his country in the U.S. Army and was a life member of V.F.W. No. 972 in Terre Haute. In the past, he had worked at Twiggs, Macalco and Wilson-Tech. For the past 14 years, he had worked for Happico as a Tool and Die maker. He was a charter member of the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society in Terre Haute and had been a past member of the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department.
He and Barbara were members of the Staunton Christian Church.
Survivors include his loving wife Barbara Louis Targett, children Sherri Bales and husband Larry, Libertyville, Ind., Allen Targett and wife Emily, Burnett, David Targett, Staunton, grandchildren Danielle Arwood (Brandon), Mary Targett, Megan Targett, Tiffany Targett and Lauren Targett, great-grandchildren Cayden Arwood, Sophia Arwood and Jordan Targett, sister Sarah Marie Wheat, Brazil, special daughter Cathi Boone, many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver Derrick Targett and Edith Mitscher Targett, siblings Warren Targett, Robert Targett, Walter Targett, James Targett, Florence Huff, Isabell Targett and Helen Targett.
Services will take place at French Funeral Home Friday, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Doug Parkey officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery.
Military graveside rites will be provided by the U.S. Army and V.F.W. No. 972.
Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8 p.m., and again Friday prior to services.
Light a candle in his memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.