Obituary: Paul Studebaker, 86, Eureka

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Paul David Studebaker, 86, of Washington, formerly of Eureka and Columbia, Tenn., died at 9:10 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2012, at his home.

Born on August 21, 1925, in Grand Rapids, Mich. to Jesse G. and Grace M. (Unger) Studebaker, he married Shirley Ann Mayfield on December 14, 1951, in Danville. She survives.

Also surviving are one brother, Wayne Studebaker of Cammack, Ind.; three sons, Don Studebaker of Tahlequah, Okla., Ken (Jane) Studebaker of Congerville and Tom (Tammy) Studebaker of Columbia, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Esther, Dorothy and Vera.

His 38-year public teaching career began at Olivet Nazarene College in Bourbonnais, where he taught voice and directed the high school choir. He taught for a short time in the Catlin schools before moving to the public schools in Danville.

He concluded his career in the Eureka-Congerville-Goodfield Schools, where he retired in 1989.

He often served as a choral adjudicator for Illinois High School Association and Illinois Elementary School Association contests.

He was also a past vice-president of the Illinois Music Educators Association.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Eureka Bible Church in Eureka. The Rev. Tom Swanson will officiate. Inurement will be at Polk Memorial Gardens in Columbia, Tenn., following a memorial service there.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Eureka Bible Church in Eureka, and an hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Music Program or The Peoples’ Table at First United Methodist Church in Columbia, Tenn.

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