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Ron Paap

July 10, 1934 ~ January 20, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Ron Paap Obituary

Ron Laurence Paap, age 89, of Charleston, IL (formerly of Otoe, NE) passed away and went to his heavenly home at 10:24 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2024. He was born July 10, 1934 in Otoe, NE, the son of Laurence Arthur and Verena Wilhelmina (Hillman) Paap. On August 8, 1954 he married Lila Mae Windle in Dawson, NE; she passed away on December 6, 2017.   

Survivors include his sons, Larry R. Paap (Penny Thompson) of Mattoon, IL, Terry L. Paap (Cathy) of Charleston, IL, Marc S. Paap (Martha) of Easley, SC, and Tim C. Paap of Charleston, IL; 8 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Lila Mae Paap; grandparents, Arthur and Freda Paap; his parents, Laurence and Verena Paap.

Ron was a 1952 graduate of Otoe High School in Otoe, NE. He went on to graduate from Peru State in Peru, NE in 1955 and received his master’s degree in 1961 from Colorado State College in Fort Collins, CO. Ron spent 35 years as an Associate Athletic Director at Eastern Illinois University. He was inducted in Eastern’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

Ron was a faithful member of Apostolic Center Church in Mattoon, IL. He enjoyed reading, golfing, working outdoors in his yard, and spending time with his family.

Private Memorial Services will be held at a later date with Associate Pastor Duane Pope officiating. Inurnment will follow at Mound Cemetery in Charleston, IL.  

Memorial donations may be made to Apostolic Center Church, 205 Country Club Road, Mattoon, IL 61938.

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