MILLEDGEVILLE – Paul F. Deets, 89, of Milledgeville, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at his home.
Paul was born Feb. 27, 1923, on the Deets family farm, the son of Glenn V. and Avis (Buxton) Deets. He attended the Woods School, a one-room schoolhouse next to their farm. He graduated from Milledgeville High School with the class of 1940. Paul married Opal Seng on Jan. 16, 1949. He was a member of First Christian Church of Sterling. Paul and Opal lived on the family farm for 24 years, then they moved east of town. Farming was his life. Even after retiring he enjoyed riding through the country, checking all the crops. He had several hobbies and was a member of the Corn Items Collector Association Inc.
Survivors include his wife, Opal; one son, Alan (Vicki) Deets of Chadwick; one granddaughter, Jessica Stocks (Michael) Moeller of Milledgeville; three grandsons, Matthew Stocks of Colorado, Jason (Mandi) Deets of Chadwick and Ryan (Sara) Deets of Peoria; seven great-grandchildren, Joshua and Kendra Stocks, Faye and Owen Moeller, Megan and Lucy Deets and Dawson Deets; one brother, Omer (Joyce) Deets; three nieces, Leanne Reecher, Marla Baughman and Vicki Hammer; and one nephew, Norman Deets.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Janet Stocks Way; and two grandsons in infancy.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church in Sterling. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church, with the Rev. Ron Rixman, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling handled arrangements.
A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley, First Christian Church, and Milledgeville Fire Department.
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