Paul E. Niebur, 91, of Pittsfield, passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at his son's residence in Pittsfield.
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Paul was born in the family home on Jefferson Street in Pittsfield, May 20, 1921, a son of Paul Frederick and Gladys Susan Nicholson Niebur. He married Leoline C. Willard on Nov. 10, 1950, at the First Methodist Church in Pittsfield, and she preceded him in death Sept. 2, 2003.
In earlier years, Paul briefly worked in Pasadena, Calif., during World War II in an airplane factory then returned in the 1940s where he worked at the Shell Refinery in Wood River. Upon returning to Pittsfield, he operated Niebur Shell Station at the corner of East Washington and Jackson Street from 1953 until the early 1960s. He then worked for C. H. Smith & Son Oil Company in Pittsfield until his retirement in 2004.
Paul was a life time member of the United Methodist Church in Pittsfield and a member of the United Methodist Men, a 58-year member of the Pittsfield Masonic Lodge 790 A.F. & A.M., Quincy Consistory, a charter member since 1948 of the Pittsfield Loyal Order of Moose 420 and a charter member of the Old Orchard Country Club where he had worked on the grounds and in maintenance after his retirement. He served as Pike County Republican precinct committeeman.
Paul was an avid bowler into his 80s and in earlier years traveled to Toledo, Ohio, with his teammates to bowl in championship tournaments. He was a member of the 175 and 250 Club at Pittsfield Lanes. He was very active up until recently and enjoyed golfing with his brothers and trips with them to Florida in the winter, traveling to Chicago to see his beloved "Cubbies'" play and to Oklahoma for visits with his cousins. He enjoyed Sunday noon dinner trips with his brothers and Friday night suppers at the Moose. He was a regular at his favorite daughter-in-law's place, Catering and More for breakfast with the "boys." Most importantly he enjoyed spending time with his family and he always asked about his grandkids and their activities. In May of 2011, the family hosted a 90th surprise birthday party for him with all his friends and family which he especially enjoyed. Up until recently, Paul was involved with the operation of the Niebur Funeral Home, driving the hearse and assisting in many capacities. His presence will truly be missed.
He is survived by his children, Julie Ann (Denny) Hamilton of Edwardsville, Paul Michael (Jennifer) Niebur of Pittsfield, Rhonda (William) Goins of Wise, Va., and Jill (Jeff) Jesberg of Riverton, in addition to eight grandchildren, Tom (Jenny) Ellis, Stephanie Cheever, Holly (Glenn) Kotkiewicz, Joshua Smith, Nicholas Niebur, Kelly (Chris) Davenport and Brice and Katie Jesberg; three great-grandchildren, Keith Buchholz and Kelsey and Chad Bradshaw; one great-great-grandson, Aaron Corbin; and sister-in-law, Eloise (George) Claus of Pittsfield. Brothers surviving are Phillip Niebur of Pittsfield, Charles (Karolyn) of Arcadia, Fla., and Robert (Marilyn) of Quincy in addition to several nieces, nephews and cousins. Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and a brother, Dean.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Pittsfield with the Rev. John K. McIntosh officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery near Pittsfield. Visitation will be after 12 p.m. on Tuesday with the family meeting visitors after 4 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home. Masonic rites will be conducted at 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening by the Pittsfield Masonic Lodge 790 A.F. & A.M. at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Memorials are suggested to be made to the Pittsfield United Methodist Church, Oakwood Cemetery or Pittsfield West Cemetery. Condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com. The Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is serving the family.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Oct. 7, 2012