Gary W. Paul, 58, of Brazil, passed away July 25, 2005 at his residence following an extended illness.
He was born September 25, 1946 in Olney, Illinois, the son of Leo F. Paul and Mary F. Selby Paul.
He graduated from East Richmond High School in 1964 and was a graduate of Olney Central College and attended Southern Illinois University. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.
On March 30, 1970, he married Bobbi Blakney, she survives.
He was a member of the Brazil Nazarene Church where he had served as treasurer, head usher, and had driven the church bus. He was previously active and former president of the Clay Youth League and active in the Wabash Valey Officials Association, having refereed basketball and umpiring baseball for the IHSAA and was honored to have been chosen to umpire an IHSAA regional baseball tournament. He enjoyed spending time with his children and being involved in sports activities with them.
He had been employed as a systems analyst with Reuben Donnelly in Terre Haute and EDS in Indianapolis.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leo F. Paul, and two grandsons, Devon Michael Paul and Noah Thomas Paul.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbi Blakney Paul of Brazil; his mother Mary F. Paul of Olney, IL; children, Sheryl Hill of Brazil, Stephen and Julie Paul of Brazil and Brian and Jamie Paul of Terre Haute; grandchildren, Blake and Mariah Hill, Emily and Sarah Paul, Logan Payne, Mackenze Byrd and Ethan Paul; brothers, David and Shirley Paul of St. Marie, IL; Terry and Marsha Paul of Newton, IL; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ella and Larry Scherer of Texas; Thomas and Jean Blakney of Olney, IL, Patricia and Steve Denney of Florida, Earl Blakney of Texas and Mike and Julane Blakney of Texas; mother-in-law, Doris Blakney of Olney, IL; many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2005 at French Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Bechtel officiating. Burial will follow in Clearview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2005 in the funeral home. For more information or to light a candle in his memory, log on to www.frenchfuneralhome.com.