DANVILLE — Paul Louis Wieburg, 92, born on May 20, 1922, in Pekin to Theodore Hudnut and Viola Mae Short Wieburg, passed away on June 8, 2014, at the Veterans Affairs Liberty House in Danville.
On July 4, 1940, he and Ann Marie Bingham eloped and were married at St. Charles, Mo. Ann died on June 25, 1976, in Champaign. Jean Thompson, of Danville, has been Paul’s best friend and constant companion since the early 1990s.
Surviving are his companion, Jean Thompson, Danville; daughter Cheryl Kennedy, Mahomet, and her children, Kurt (Kelly) Kennedy, Rochester and Kim (Shannon) Cheek, Mahomet; daughter-in-law, Camille (Terry) Wieburg, Silverdale, Wash.; and her children, Brett (Tawan) Wieburg, Sammamish, Wash., and Trent Wieburg, Seattle, Wash.; and great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Dominic Wieburg, Sammamish, Dakota and Eli Kennedy, Thea, Drew and Gage Swales, Rochester, and Morgan and Raegan Cheek, Mahomet.
In addition to his wife and parents, Paul was predeceased by his brothers, Kenneth, Horace, Richard, Russell and Bruce Wieburg; sister, Theola Wieburg; son, Terry Wieburg, and great-grandson Donovan Kennedy.
Paul served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He began his service with the Coast Guard in November 1943. After boot camp and training, he boarded the LST 785 in New Orleans. He learned ship routine and the job of carpenter’s mate while they traveled through the Panama Canal to California and then to Hawaii. The LST went to Saipan, the Philippines, Iwo Jima and Okinawa and participated in the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima and Okinawa in 1945. The ship anchored off of Nagasaki after peace was declared and they saw the devastation of the atomic bomb.
Paul and Ann were both raised in Pekin and moved to Champaign in 1964. Paul worked for Schramm Construction while in Pekin and Kuhne Simmons Construction in Champaign. During this time, he served as foreman or superintendent of construction for the following projects: St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Pekin, Sparland Community High School, Pekin Community High School, Burnham Hospital, Carle Clinic, University of Illinois Administration Building and Illinois Residence Hall, the parking decks at Fifth and Daniel and Sixth and John, the Market Street interchange at Monticello, the Cisco overpass, and the People’s Gas Plant. Paul retired in 1984.