MENDON, Ill. -- Paul W. Rabe, 89, of Mendon, died Thursday (Jan. 24, 2013) in the Good Samaritan Home in Quincy.
Paul was born Feb. 4, 1923, in Mendon Township to the late Henry and Margaretha Weisheit Rabe. He married Helen Wood on Aug. 27, 1949, in Mendon. Helen survives of Mendon.
Paul graduated from Mendon Township High School and farmed in the Mendon area his entire life. He was a member of Congregational Church of Mendon, where he was a former deacon and moderator. He was a member of the Mendon Lions Club and was a 50-year member of Mendon Masonic Lodge 449.
He was on the Farm Bureau board, a former chairman of the Adams County Housing Authority, president of the Adams County Pork Producers, a board member of the Adams County Soil and Water Conservation, chairman of the North Adams Home Building Fund and the first board president. He was the recipient of the 1989 Adams County Conservation Farm Family Award.
He enjoyed woodworking, restoring antique furniture and mushroom hunting. Both he and Helen were vendors for many years at the Sandwich Antique Market and frequently traveled across the United States and made several visits to Europe and Asia. He especially loved spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife, Paul is survived by two children, Jill (Mark) Peter of Mendon and Joe Rabe of Quincy; four grandchildren, Richelle (Matt) Ulmer of Elgin, Ryan Rabe of Mendon, Tad Peter of Mendon and Wes (Leslie) Peter of Sammamish, Wash.; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Marilyn (Victor Jr.) Shriver of Ursa; and three sisters-in-law, Thelma Rabe, Bernice Rabe and Arlys Rabe.
He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Ruth Rabe; three brothers, Roger, Eugene and Carl Rabe; and three sisters, Ruth Daugherty, Dorothy Starman and Virginia Hufendick.
SERVICES: 10 a.m. Tuesday in Congregational Church of Mendon with Pastor Dennis Gartung conducting. He will be laid to rest in Mendon Cemetery.
VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday in the Hunter Funeral Home, Mendon.
MEMORIALS: Congregational Church of Mendon.
ARRANGEMENTS: Hunter Funeral Home, Mendon.
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