|Paul H. Cuba, age 85 of Galesburg and formerly of Abingdon, died at 9:19 am Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg.
He was born February 29, 1928 in the country near Tennessee, Illinois, the son of Daniel E. "Bert" and Agnes (Wilcox) Cuba. They preceded him in death.
He married Velma R. Byers in the Presbyterian Church in Chatham, Illinois on August 14, 1949. Paul is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Velma: two daughters, Cynthia L. (Dan) Schenck of Morrison and Paula S. (Mike) Brackett of Abingdon; five grandchildren, Jenny (Eric) Paulsen, Jeff Schenck, Jay (Nicole) Schenck, Sarah (Adam) Kettler and Steven Schenck; fifteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Elva Jefferson of Danville, Iowa and several nephews and nieces.
Also preceding him in death were his sister Mary Prentice, three brothers, Lawrence, Allen and John, and a son-in-law, Rudie Schenck.
Paul graduated from Colchester High School in 1945 and from Western Illinois University in 1949. He received his Masters at Ohio State University in 1958. He taught Chemistry, Science and Advanced Math for four years at Camp Point, Illinois and for twenty-nine years in Abingdon, retiring in 1983. He also attended classes in South Florida and Knox College and taught a summer class at Western Illinois University. He was a life member of the National Education Association and was an active member, treasurer and president of the Knox County Teachers Association.
While at Western, he was a member of the marching band and orchestra, a member of Sigma Zeta and Kappa Delta Pi (honorary Science and Education Fraternities).
Paul and his family moved from Camp Point to Abingdon in August 1953. He was a member of the Abingdon United Methodist Church, where he served as superintendent, teacher, treasurer, and in other capacities.
He was an active member of the Abingdon Rotary Club, serving as president and treasurer. He was a District Governor's Representative and was honored in 1988 by the local club by being named a Paul Harris Fellow.
Paul also served on the John Mosser Library Board, and volunteered as a reading tutor for several years through Heartland Literacy. He also volunteered as a driver for the Abingdon Senior Van. He was a charter member and officer of the Abingdon Pottery Collectors Club.
After retiring from teaching, he worked at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 am Monday, March 4, 2013 at the Abingdon United Methodist Church. Rev. Anita Munden and Rev. Dan Schenck will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Sunday at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel. Cremation will be accorded following the services. Private burial of his ashes will be in the Abingdon Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Abingdon United Methodist Church or Rotary International Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.