Paul H. Hanley, 86, of Mattoon, Illinois formerly of Charleston, Illinois passed away in his sleep Saturday, December 31, 2022 at Hilltop Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Thursday, January 5, 2023 at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until time of service. Masonic Rites will be performed at 1:00 PM. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Memorials in his honor may be made to Loxa Presbyterian Church or to Charleston Masonic Lodge #35 A.F. and A.M. and left at the visitation/service or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, Illinois 61920.
Paul was born May 1, 1936 in Pleasant Grove Township, Charleston, Illinois, the son of Alva Curtis and Chloral Elizabeth (Johns) Hanley. He married the love of his life Kay Hurst on May 1, 1966 in Loxa, Illinois, and they spent 56 wonderful years together. He is survived by his loving wife; four daughters, Yvonne Stoner, Janice (Henry) LeBourgeois, Elizabeth (Deverick) Lampley, and Emily (Darryl) Hudson; ten grandchildren, Michael (Theresa) Rogers, Kelly (Trevor) Stalnaker, Amy (Don) Morgan, Ashley (Levi) Cooper, Andre Lampley, Jerrod Fritchtnitch, Rachael (Tyler) Arnholt, Caleb (fiancé, McCahl Sanders) Fritchtnitch, Kelsey Hudson, and Kyle (Shaela) Hudson; eleven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenneth Hanley; two sisters, Wilma Cutright and Sharon Juriga, and son Paul “Doug” Hanley.
Paul graduated from Charleston High School class of 1955. He attended the Loxa Presbyterian Church and was an elder. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #260 in Mattoon, Illinois before transferring to the Charleston Lodge #35 A.F. & A.M. He joined the Danville Consistory in the 32nd degree and held office as a Junior Deacon for the Masons.
Paul was a CDL instructor for over 30 years, ending his career at Lakeland College CDL Training program. He loved to work with his hands building bird houses, welding, and enjoyed fixing things. He had an engineer-like mind and would rebuild and work on cars for his girls. He raced micro midget cars for several years. He loved animals and collected die-cast semi-trucks and trailers. He had a good heart and never met a stranger. You could always catch him telling a story. He will be missed by all who knew him.
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