|Paul D. Studebaker|
|Date Of Birth:||08/21/1925|
|Date Of Death:||04/02/2012|
|Service Date:||Funeral service on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 10:00 am at Eureka Bible Church. Visitation at the church on Thursday evening from 5-8 pm and on Friday morning from 9-9:45 am before the service.|
Paul D. Studebaker
Paul David Studebaker, 86, of Washington, Illinois (formerly of
Eureka, Illinois and Columbia, Tennessee), passed away at 9:10 p.m.
Monday, April 2, 2012 at his home.
Paul was born on August 21, 1925 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to
Jesse G. and Grace M. (Unger) Studebaker. He married Shirley Ann
Mayfield on December 14, 1951, in Danville, Illinois. She
Paul is also survived by one brother, Wayne Studebaker of
Cammack, Indiana. Also surviving are three sons, Don Studebaker of
Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Ken (Jane) Studebaker of Congerville,
Illinois, and Tom (Tammy) Studebaker of Columbia, Tennessee.
Paul was the proud and loving grandfather of ten grandchildren;
Benjamin (Marissa) Studebaker, Rebecca (Mark) Barrick, Sarah
Studebaker, Erin Studebaker, Rachel (Lukas) Quanstrom, Daniel
(Stephani) Studebaker, Carole (Haroon) Rashid, Andrew (Mallory)
Studebaker, Paul Michael Studebaker, Leah Studebaker, and seven
He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters,
Esther, Dorothy and Vera.
Paul was an accomplished vocal music teacher and choral
conductor. His 38-year public teaching career began at Olivet
Nazarene College in Bourbonnais, Illinois where he taught voice and
directed the high school choir. He taught for a short time in the
Catlin, Illinois schools before moving to the public schools in
Danville, Illinois. Paul concluded his career in the
Eureka-Congerville-Goodfield Schools where he retired in 1989.
Throughout his life, Paul served the Lord through music by
directing church choirs in several communities. He also led
community choirs, and frequently directed school and civic
programs, stage performances and concerts. He often served as a
choral adjudicator for Illinois High School Association and
Illinois Elementary School Association contests. Paul was also a
past vice-president of the Illinois Music Educators
Paul loved all animals and raised many varieties ranging from
purebred dogs (especially collies and shelties) to horses, goats
and birds of all types.
Funeral services for Paul will be conducted at 10:00 a.m.
Friday, April 6th at Eureka Bible Church in Eureka, Illinois.
Pastor Tom Swanson will officiate. Inurnment will be at Polk
Memorial Gardens in Columbia, Tennessee following a memorial
The family will receive visitors on Thursday, April 5th from
5:00--8:00 p.m. at Eureka Bible Church in Eureka, Illinois and from
9:00-9:45 a.m. prior to the funeral service at the church.
Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka is assisting the family
Memorial contributions may be made to either the Music Program
or The Peoples' Table at First United Methodist Church in Columbia,
Online condolences may be sent to the family at