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Paul Richard Sperling

1931 - 2021

Boulder City


Paul Richard Sperling age 90 of Boulder City, NV passed away on March 2, 2021 in Las Vegas, NV.  He was born the second of five children to Paul Schyler and Lillian (Emmons) Sperling in Indianapolis, IN.  In 1944, his family moved to Tucson, AZ so his mother and maternal grandmother could live in the dry, hot air after both surviving TB.  At 17, Paul volunteered and served his country in the USMC, later passing on the motto “Once a Marine, always a Marine,” to his future daughters.

      Upon his return to AZ, Paul began a long Telephone Communications career starting as a lineman for contract work with PanAm, and Bell Telephone.  He worked hard in the extreme temperatures and conditions of AZ, becoming a cable splicer which he was very proud of, saying, “I’m a cable splicer by trade.”  Paul was part of a crew that moved from town to town across AZ, converting the old switchboard system to the new modern system.  In Morenci, while up a telephone pole he spotted Shirli Nardelli (D.1982) walking to work. They met and married in 1954 moving to Bisbee, to Tucson, to Yuma with eventually four daughters.

     In 1965, the young family moved to Las Vegas, NV with Paul transferring from Bell Tele. to Central Tele. Co.  He became a Telcom Architect and Engineer helping design complicated systems for the growing gaming industry.  He in later years would be very instrumental in the design of the system where we all keep our phone numbers, dubbed the Polaris Project.  He retired in 1993.

     Paul had a second marriage from 1974-1984 in which he moved a combined family of 7 kids to Boulder City.

    In 1988, Paul met Nadine Turner eating dinner at the Boulder City Hotel. She complimented his masculine toughness with her perfect sophisticated sassiness. They married in 2002, enjoying many beautiful years together.

    Paul enjoyed camping, boating, and being outdoors. He spent, it seemed like endless hours at Lake Mead and the River. He also enjoyed traveling (Ireland, Panama Canal, Grand Canyon river trip), working with his strong hands, and watching his grandsons play baseball.   He promised his dad he would keep the whole family together and organized a yearly 2-week Rendezvous that was a highlight for many years. Family members lovingly converged at the site, even for just a few days.

  Paul was of the Catholic Faith. Paul is survived by his beloved wife Nadine Sperling; three daughters Roberta (John) Lawrence, Lynda (Steve) Rants, Juli (John) Penuelas; two sisters Barbara (Babs) (Marty D.2019) Ronstadt, Mary Ann (Steve) Smith; son-in-law Jim Brannum (Teresa); nine grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 3 great- great grandchildren.  In addition, many nieces, great nieces, nephews, and great nephews that were very much a part of his life.

     He is preceded in death by; a daughter Paula Kristine Brannum (2009); a great grandson Gaige Rayden Hammond (2019); his parents (1962, 1987); brother David Sperling (2000), sister Donna Pacicco (2018): and nephew Patrick Ronstadt (1976).

     Paul’s wishes were cremation, and the family will have a proper service at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery at a later date.  Family and friends can sign an online memorial guest book at

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Becky Hartig

May 20, 2021 6:39 PM

Paul was such a gentleman snd kind man. I always enjoyed seeing him when I was waiting tables or serving members at the Credit Union.
I am Thankful I knew him.
Becky Hartig


April 10, 2021 7:40 PM

Something that I have always admired about my dad is that if something wasn't working or a piece of something was missing from a kit he would figure out a way or rig it to function sometimes even better than it's original design. He taught me to figure out a way to make things work. I loved watching and helping him work on projects. He taught me to be self sufficient and made me believe there isn't anything I can't do. He was a great story teller and I loved listening to him speak and was always so proud of his ability to speak in front of people with confidence , something I did not inherit from him. I loved him very much.


April 9, 2021 3:53 PM

 I always think of him whenever I smell cigars.  It's one of the first memories I have of him from early childhood.  He was such a great guy.  He will be missed

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