EUREKA – Paul L. Gottshall, 82, died at 8:44 a.m., Monday, April 2, 2018, at Select Post Acute Care in Eureka.
He was born March 6, 1936, in Penn Yan, N.Y., the son of Paul S. and Alberta Stevens Gottshall. He married Eva M. Cady on May 22, 1959, in Dundee, N.Y. She survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Lorraine (Dan) Wilson, Plano, Texas, and Amy (Chuck) Ely, Seattle, Wash.; one son, Paul (Arlene) Gottshall, Washington; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; one brother, Alan (Theresa) Gottshall, Bath, N.Y., and one sister, Bonnie (Norm) Edwards, Mechanicsville, Va.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Dick Gottshall.
Paul attended college at the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology and started his career as an electrical engineer for International Business Machines (IBM) in Endicott, N.Y., where he was involved in developing some of the first computers. He learned about an opening at Illinois Central College, East Peoria, and accepted a job in 1969, where he was a professor of electronics for 37 years before he retired in 1996. His son, who graduated from the program in 1981, continues to get asked by other graduates, “How’s your dad?,” as he was known as a caring, encouraging, mentor and teacher. Paul was a master gardener, an Eagle Scout and loved to fish. He was a member of Living Faith Fellowship Church and the Woodford County Historical Society, both in Eureka. Paul was a devoted Christian and a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He always seemed more comfortable on the floor playing with kids than acting his age.
Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Eureka, with the Rev. Brett Woerner officiating. Visitation will take place Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday morning from 10 to 11 a.m., both at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service in Olio Township Cemetery in Eureka.
Memorials may be made to the church’s building fund.