Celebration of Life Services:
Saturday, December 15, 2018
1026 Jackson Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68102
Paul Joseph Wrider (July 14, 1975 – December 10, 2018)
Paul was born July 14, 1975 in Des Moines, Iowa and attended the Wooster School boarding program in Danbury, Connecticut before graduating from Guilford High School in Guilford, Connecticut in 1993. He studied film and television production at New York University and most recently completed a continuing education program with the Interface Web School in Omaha, Nebraska.
Paul spent most of his career in the technology sector. First, working in New York City during the first dot com boom of the late ‘90s. Later, he transitioned to making video games; a career which took him around the world from Los Angeles to San Francisco, followed by Dundee, Scotland and Mumbai, India. Highlights of his career included working for LucasArts in San Francisco where he made many friends and enjoyed giving friends and family tours of the company campus, which was filled with Star Wars memorabilia.
Paul and his wife, Katrina Markel, loved to travel and relished the opportunities to live abroad provided by his career. They especially enjoyed their time working in Scotland and India and hosting visiting family and friends in those countries.
More recently, Paul and Katrina settled in their native Midwest and he started working as a web designer. Most recently he was a UX Designer at Moody’s Analytics in Omaha. Paul was also a technology instructor at Do Space in Omaha, where he especially loved working with children. He was passionate about closing the “digital divide” and making technology accessible to everyone. Paul and Katrina were active members of the congregation at Urban Abbey in downtown Omaha.
Paul was preceded in death by his grandparents and father-in-law. He is survived by his wife, Katrina Markel of Omaha, Nebraska; mother, the Rev. Anne Wrider of Chicago, Illinois; father and stepmother, Darrel Wrider and Tricia Bowen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; sister Emily Wrider (Erik Thorson) of Waterloo, Iowa; Mother-in-law, Carol Markel of Omaha, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Celine Markel of Omaha, Nebraska; as well as extended family and many friends around the world.
Memorial donations may be directed to Urban Abbey or Do Space.
Inurnment, East Liberty Cemetery, Malvern, Iowa.