Paul Eugene “Lucky” Shuck, age 90, of Waterman, IL, passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at his home. He was born on October 2, 1931 in Sheridan, IL, the son of Edward and Zada (Rumney) Shuck.
Paul was united in marriage to Phyllis Joanne “Jodie” Shuck on June 22, 1951 in DeKalb, IL and spent nearly 67 years together raising a family and loving each other immensely. He graduated from Somonauk High School in 1949. After marrying Phyllis, they moved to California where Paul served in the U.S. Army National Guard. They soon returned to Illinois to begin their married life where they had 4 beautiful red head daughters.
Paul started farming on his return to Illinois and then soon became an apprentice bricklayer. He soon learned his trade and became a bricklayer. He worked on many of the buildings at NIU as well as brickwork for many others in our community. After his retirement from bricklaying he worked for a local farmer in the spring and fall going back to his roots of loving to farm.
He was a member of the American Legion for over 60 years. He was the Fire Chief of the Waterman Fire Department and also the President of the Waterman Fire Protection District. He served as an Elder at the Waterman Presbyterian Church. He was also former Trustee on the Waterman Village Board.
He and Phyllis loved going to Las Vegas every year to have fun watching shows and playing a little bit on the slot machines. The grandkids loved getting them both to play a hand of 500 or Euchre. Paul cherished his grandchildren and great grandchildren. A smile always came on his face when they were around. He also loved his Bengal cats, Shorty and Missy. They were a great joy in his life.
Paul is survived by his daughters, Pam (Mike) Mitchell of Waterman, Penny (Scott) Hays of Fort Myers, FL and Patty (Henry Chentorycki) Bittner-Chentorycki of Bolingbrook; his son-in-law Ron (Paula) Coe of Montgomery; his grandchildren, Robert, Brandon, Adam, Matthew, Michelle, Zachary, Melissa and Amber; 14 great-grandchildren; one great great grandchild; his sister Joanne Clapper (Harold) of Tomah, WI; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and good friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis Shuck, his daughter Paula Coe; his grandson, Jordan Hays; son-in-law Jesse Bittner; his brothers Robert, Ralph, Raymond and Fred; his sisters Helen and Gertrude. He joins the angels watching over the rest of us.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 until 4:00 PM on Sunday, September 25, 2022 in the Nelson Funeral Home, 1001 East Garfield, Waterman, IL.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, September 26, 2022 in the Nelson Funeral Home.
Interment will follow in the North Clinton Cemetery in Waterman, IL. A luncheon will be served at the Nelson Funeral Home after the internment.
In lieu of flowers memorials in loving memory of Paul may be directed to the Jordan Hays Foundation 4800 S. Spoede Truesdale, MO 63383 or Unity Hospice 915 N. Caron Rd, Rochelle, IL 61068.