Joshua Calvin Paul, 41, of O'Fallon, Ill. born November 12, 1973, in St. Louis, Mo., died Thursday, May 14, 2015 at home in O'Fallon, Ill.
Josh grew up in O'Fallon, Ill., graduated from OTHS, earned his undergraduate degree at Eastern Illinois University, and his M.B.A. degree from Saint Louis University. He had worked in the medical supply industry in Puerto Rico for a few years, before returning to the Metro-east. He was formerly employed at YWCA in St. Louis, Mo. as a headstart manager, and had most recently worked at Express Scripts. His passion was nature; he especially loved hummingbirds and cardinals and had just made an investment to pursue this passion of sharing his hobby and love of backyard birds by operating a Wild Birds Unlimited retail shop in Green Bay, Wis.
Joshua traveled often, having a special appreciation for Colombia and India, their culture and people. In India, he was a certified Yoga instructor; his love for Colombia made him want to obtain his Colombian citizenship. He was a bright and entertaining man; during his nature walks, he used to recite his favorite poem "Desiderata" by the American writer Max Ehrmann. He had a strong focus on his family, was a fabulous husband and son, a proud father and uncle and loved his family and friends very much.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mary C. Paul, Carl D. Paul, and Elton H. Kalk.
Surviving are his beloved wife, Alix Y. Roncancio Villalba of Colombia; children, Alexander Jerry Paul-Torres of O'Fallon, Ill.; Anacarolina Paul-Torres of Puerto Rico; his parents, Jerry W. and Nancy L., nee Kalk, Paul, of O'Fallon, Ill.; his sister, Alison C. (David) DeSchryver of Washingtion, D.C.; a brother, Jacob G. (Erica) Paul of Hoboken, N.J.; a niece, Audrey DeSchryver; and nephews, GusDeSchryver and Jackson Jerry Paul; his grandmother, Audrey I. Kalk.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers are suggested to A. Jean Brugger Education Project, Inc. at: www.fundacionajbrugger.org. P.O. Box 61432, Irvine, Calif., 92602, or to the St Louis Zoo Tribute Program: www.stlzoo.org/give P.O. Box 790090, St. Louis, Mo., 63179. The guest book may be signed at: www.wfhofallon.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O'Fallon.
Funeral: Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, at O'Fallon United Church of Christ, 206 W. Adams St., O'Fallon, Ill., with Rev. Dr. Donald Wagner and Rev. Dr. Martha Thierheimer co-officiating.
Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O'Fallon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 19, 2015