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Paul E. Deming

Published: Friday, March 16, 2012 7:50 a.m. CDT

WILMINGTON, Ill. — Mr. Paul E. Deming, 69, of Wilmington, Ill., passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 14, 2012, lovingly surrounded by family.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 18, noon until the time of the 2 p.m. funeral service at Freitag-Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road. Wilmington. Pastor Caleb Counterman will officiate. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Wilmington. Full military honors will be conducted by the Wilmington VFW Color Guard.

Born May 13, 1942 in Makanda, Ill., Paul was a son of the late Cyrus Newton and Bessie Angeline Furlow-Deming. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having sered from 1961 to 1963.

Paul moved to Wilmington from Carbondale in 1966, and was previously employed by the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant. He is retired from Reichhold Chemical in Morris, Illinois.

Paul was a loyal and compassionate man who was loved by so many and will be dearly missed. He struggled with illness for years and can now rest.

Survivors include two children, Dwayne Deming and Teresa (Virgil) Fisher, both of Wilmington; two grandchildren, Jacob and Meghan Fisher, whom he adored so much; his special friend and constant companion Jane Ashcraft of Wilmington; two sisters, Verna Deming of Norris City, Ill., and Marie Veath of Franklin, Tenn.; and one brother, Roy (Joyce) Deming of Murphysboro, Ill.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Cyrus and Bessie Deming of Desoto, Ill., and one sister, Mildred Tripp of Pomona, Ill.

Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made as gifts in Paul's memory to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 (www.diabetes.org).

Friends may sign the online guest book or send private condolences to the family by logging onto www.FRBfuneral.com.

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Freitag-Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. For additional information, call the funeral home at (815) 476-2181.

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