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Paul E. Wichman

Paul Edward Wichman, 89, died peacefully at Freeport Memorial Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 surrounded by “his three girls.”

He was born on Sept. 4, 1924 in Freeport, the son of George W. and Maybelle (Ruthe) Wichman.

He married Delores Abbas on July 25, 1946 at the Evangelical Church, Forreston.

Paul was a farmer all of his life.

In his early years Paul had a DX Gas route, worked for the Silver Creek Township Commissioner, and was a member of the Freeport Rural Fire Department.

During Paul’s mid-years he began a business hauling grain for local farmers to the Illinois River. During the 1970s Paul began custom combining for local farmers.

Paul and his wife were able to enjoy traveling to all 50 states, Europe, Mexico, and Jamaica.

Paul also enjoyed camping with his family at Devil’s Lake and Baraboo, Wis.

He was a 50-plus year member of the First United Methodist Church, Forreston, having served as an usher and trustee.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Delores; his daughter, Judy Dall,Woodstock; his granddaughter, Jennifer (Larry) Graff, Johnsburg, and their children Christopher and Jessica; his grandson Aaron (Ange) Dal, Antioch, and their children Samantha, Zachary and AnnaLynn Dall, Gwen Woods, and Ashley Heery; his brother, Phil (Mary) Wichman, Baileyville; his brother-in-law, Earl Ackerman, Pecatonica; and many nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Dorothy (Wichman) Ackerman.

Funeral services were held Sept. 7 at First United Methodist Church, Forreston.

Burial was in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

A memorial has been established.

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