Paul Louis Huddleston

Paul Louis Huddleston, 77, of Glenarm, died on Monday, June 20, 2022 at his home. He was born January 13, 1945, in Springfield, IL to Paul H. and Mildred “Midge” (Meyer) Huddleston.

He is survived by two daughters, Stacey (Forrest) Edwards of Minnesota and Kimberly Treacy of Maryland; three grandchildren, Delaney, Cooper and Finnian; one sister, Carole Woodward of Florida; one brother, Craige (Debbie) Huddleston of Springfield and beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, a nephew and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Huddleston was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chatham.

Mr. Huddleston was a proud member of the Glenwood High School Class of 1963. In 1968, he graduated from Illinois College in Jacksonville with a degree in physics and earned an MBA from the University of Utah in 1976.

He served as a Captain in the United States Air Force as a missile control commander for the Titan II missiles. He was stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base during the Cold War. After his military service, he remained in Arkansas as a Production and Inventory Control Manager for American Lantern. He retired from the State of Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

In his early 30s, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and remained active with the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Mr. Huddleston was a proud father and grandpa. He took his daughters on many camping trips and vacations during their childhood. Later, he enjoyed traveling to share in his grandkids’ many milestones and fostering a new generation of swashbuckling adventurers.

He never met a slice of apple pie à la mode he didn’t like, but his mother, Midge’s, was always his favorite. He was an avid Star Trek fan and never missed an old western when one came on TV. A nature enthusiast at heart, he supported the Sierra Club and enjoyed nature shows.

Mr. Huddleston loved to learn. He studied his own family genealogy, and was a life-long student of photography and history. As a young boy growing up in Sangamon County, he discovered the grave of a Revolutionary War veteran near Woodside Road and Paul Drive, named after him by his father. He visted the grave throughout his life, placing flowers every Independence Day he was able.

He loved daschunds, and cherished the company of his faithful dog, Mindy, for the past 17 years.

Visitation: 5 – 7 pm, Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at Staab Funeral Home – Springfield. A second visitation will be held from 3 – 4 pm, Thursday, June 30, 2022 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chatham.

Funeral Service: 4:00 pm, Thursday, June 30, 2022 at at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chatham with Reverend Kevin Wendorf officiating.

A graveside service will be at 10:00 am, Saturday, July 2, 2022 at Cumberland Sugar Creek Cemetery where military honors will be conducted.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Illinois National MS Society or to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chatham.

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