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Ralph “Buddy” Linn Paul

Canton – Ralph “Buddy” Linn Paul, 92, of Canton, passed away at 11:38 AM on Monday, December 2, 2019 at Graham Medical Group. He was born on September 13, 1927 in Canton to John W. and Sadie (Brush) Paul. He married Marian Grace Gillette on October 7, 1950 at the First Baptist Church in Canton. She survives.

 Also surviving are four children, James E. (Annegret) Paul of Kalamazoo, MI, Ralph W. (Patricia) Paul of Normal, IL, Jeffrey L. (Tina) Paul of Macomb, IL, and Kathleen A. (Michael) Luker of Canton, IL; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, John W. Paul Jr. of Escondido, CA. Also, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

 Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Hansel and Robert Virgil Paul, and six sisters, Ethel Pfieffer, Mabel Miller, Opal Averill, Waneta Whitaker, Gertrude Melz, and Emma Everlen, and one great-grandson, Nathan Paul Hickman.

 Ralph joined the Army in 1946 serving in WWII, spending over two years in Italy, two years with the Korean conflict, and a total of five years in the service. In his youth he worked at Al’s Shoe Repair, The IHC Canton Plant, and Norm Zeurcher’s Auto Care. He began carrying mail in Christmas ’52 and worked at the Canton Post Office for 32 years. He retired in 1984 to work maintaining his properties and enjoying his friends and family. He was a cubmaster for Boy Scouts of America and co-president of Kellogg PTA during the 60’s. He was also a member of National Association of Letter Carriers and a member of the First Baptist Church of Canton where he often ushered.

 A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church Food Pantry in Canton or Love, Inc. in Canton. To make online condolences you may go to



  • Cathy & Jeff Parsons

    Reply December 4, 2019 9:10 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I have many fond memories of going to their house and enjoying their family. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.

  • Vernon and Vicky Myers

    Reply December 4, 2019 12:17 pm

    So sorry to hear of Mr. Paul’s passing. We came to meet him through Ralph and Patty. He was a good and loving man who loved his family dearly. He will be missed by all he touched. Rest in peace Mr. Paul and our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Katrina Hamilton

    Reply December 4, 2019 4:28 pm

    Kathy and family,
    So very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I will keep you in my thoughts and heart.

  • Mike & Susan

    Reply December 4, 2019 8:08 pm

    So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Know that you, Mike, and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Sharon Dawson-Odendahl

    Reply December 4, 2019 11:03 pm

    Kathy, Im so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I have many nice memories of them at the Baptist church. I pray God will provide you, your mom, and family with his comfort and peace.

  • Cindi Hitchcock

    Reply December 5, 2019 2:45 am

    Sorry for your loss, Kathy and the loss of the rest of your families. When I was in my younger years, I used to like running over to your folk’s house to visit. Your parents were always so kind to me. I am sure your dad will be greatly missed. Please send your Mom my condolences. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  • Connie Miller

    Reply December 5, 2019 11:21 am

    I remember years ago Ralph would deliver mail to a sandwich shop ran by Rose and Dick Test I would wait on him , always had a good tail to tell. Years later I started coming to the house to take care of Marion. I will miss his tall tales, and his great wisdom.

  • Sabrina Beasley and family

    Reply December 6, 2019 5:52 am

    Ralph was certainly a treasure sent from God. My children were so blessed for having him as their Grandfather. So was I for having him in my life. My heart is full of tears for myself and all those that knew and loved him especially the family. But we can all be comforted for knowing that he is in the presence of God.

  • Rick L Groover

    Reply December 6, 2019 6:06 am

    To the entire Paul family I am truly sorry for your loss. He was a great man who really loved his family.

  • barb (yurkovich) stanger

    Reply December 6, 2019 6:28 pm

    so sorry for your loss

  • Carol & Mike Poindexter

    Reply December 10, 2019 8:49 am

    Kathy and family I am so sorry for you loss. God has take way to many great men over these years. Our thoughts and prayer are with your entire family

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