L. Paul Henager
Mount Carmel, Ill.
"Anchors Aweigh My Friends". This ship has sailed it's last voyage. On June 4th, 2014, L. Paul Henager passed away at his residence. Paul was born on February 7, 1926, in Arthur, Indiana, to Franklin and Gusta Henager. At the age of 17 he joined the Navy where he saw action in the Pacific during World War II. While on leave after his ship was damaged, Paul came home and asked his high school sweetheart, Mildred, to marry him. Four days later on December 28, 1944, they did just that. After serving his country, Paul became a teacher. His teaching career began at Woodlawn High School. He and Mildred came to Mt. Carmel in 1954, where Paul began the process of impacting young lives in Mt. Carmel. He retired from MCHS in 1990 after 36 years as a business teacher and guidance counselor. Paul served 38 years as deacon of First General Baptist Church in Mt. Carmel before becoming an honorary deacon in 2002. He was a member of Gideon's, American Legion and VFW.
He is survived by his four children, son, Alan Henager (Ruth Ann), daughter, Myra Webb (Gary), daughter, Melody Glick (companion Denny Martz) and son, Gregg Henager (Yvette); eight grandchildren, Eric Henager (Alicia), Aaron Henager (Malissa), Curtis Webb (Hillary), Heather Kirchoff (Brian), Travis Glick (Jenn), Darin Glick, Danielle Trapp (Bob), and Kylee Henager. Paul was blessed with 14 great-grandchildren.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Kenny Henager; and infant granddaughter, Tawni Jo Henager; sister, Aline Wilson; and a brother, Jack Henager.
Visitation for Paul will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014, at the Chapel of Short Funeral Home, Mt. Carmel, Illinois. Funeral services will be on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. also in the Chapel of Short Funeral Home, with graveside services to follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery in Mt. Carmel. Memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Carmel General Baptist Church Building Fund, 120 W. 12th Street, Mt. Carmel, IL 62863; Wabash General Hospital Foundation "In Memory of Paul & Mildred Henager", 1418 College Drive, Mt. Carmel, IL 62863; or to Gideons International Bible Donations, R.R. #3, Box 82, Albion, IL 62826 or at www.gideons.org. Condolences may be made online at www.short-cunninghamfh.com Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve the Henager family.
Published in Courier Press on June 6, 2014