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Paul E. Tow

6 novembre , 195125 janvier , 2020
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Paul E. Tow, age 68, of Peoria, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. at his residence. He was born Nov. 6, 1951 in Frostburg, Maryland to Ronald and Lois (Miller) Tow. He married Pamela Rinehart on May 29, 1976 in Wheeling. IL. She survives along with Paul’s parents of Brainerd, MN, one son, Shane (Londi) Tow of St. Charles, MO, one daughter, Stephanie (Mark) Dustachek of Arlington, VA, six grandchildren: Isaiah, Brianna, Ryder, River, Rose and Luke. He is also survived by two brothers: Monte (Sandy) Tau, Barry Tow, and three sisters: Rona (Kurt) Lortz, Shirley (Rick) Reinert and Shelly Baardson all of Minnesota. Paul was a dedicated husband, father and an amazing grandfather to his 6 grand kids. As a young child, Paul was raised in a military family. The family was stationed in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis and was one of the last families to leave the island before political relations changed dramatically. He attended high school in Wheaton, IL where he and his brothers developed a friendship with John and Jim Belushi from Saturday Night Live and other hit shows/movies. He left Wheaton to volunteer for the Marine Corps in 1969 to join the fight in Vietnam. Paul was in the Marine Corps and served 2 tours in the Vietnam War during which time he was highly decorated. He was awarded The Legion of Merit from President Nixon, Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart, Combat Action Award, NDSM, Marine Expedition Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, and Marine Corp Good Conduct Medal amongst many others. After his tours in Vietnam and upon receipt of The Legion of Merit Award, he was invited to The White House to serve in the Honor Guard for President Nixon. His stories about Pat Nixon and her demands of drinking and playing cards with the Marines on duty were always entertaining. Several years after Honorable Discharge with the Marine Corps, Paul re-enlisted with the Army where he finished out the remainder of his 28yr military career. He retired in 1999 with the final rank of Sergeant Major. Upon conclusion of his Military Career, Paul took a position with MediaCom as a Warehouse Supervisor and concluded his working and serving career with a retirement celebration in 2017. Paul was an avid boater and Master Captain leading recreational boating trips starting from Peoria all the way north to the Great Lakes and south to Kentucky Lake. He was a member and Commodore of Seaway Boat Club and Holiday Harbor Boat Club. His family owns a small fishing resort in northern Minnesota. He loved fishing, hunting, playing cards, snowmobiling and the great outdoors. Spending time at the resort was one of his favorite past times. He also loved the 11-Time World Champion St. Louis Cardinals and attended games frequently with his son, Shane including the 2011 World Series. They went to Spring Training in Jupiter, FL in 2018 which was, perhaps, at the top of his “bucket list” at the time. Paul was a high decorated soldier, a dedicated husband and father and a loving grandfather. His impact on all of our lives was immeasurable, and his endless knowledge, laughter and love will be forever missed. Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of Paul’s life will be Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 at 3 p.m. at the Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria. Visitation will begin at 1pm. Memorials may be made in his name to The Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. You may view Paul’s obituary online at www.woolsey-wilton.com

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  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • St.Jude Children's Hospital

Services

  • Visitation samedi, 1 février , 2020
  • Celebration of Life Service samedi, 1 février , 2020

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Carol Crouch

février 1, 2020

Pam, I am so sorry for loss of Paul. Lynda told me and all I could think of is all the great times we had together boating. He will be missed, the laughter and smile was contagious to everyone. Sending my sympathy to you and your family and know that all the great memories you guys have made together will keep him in your hearts to help you heal. Another angel up their looking after you.
Carol Crouch

Sherry Kepperling

janvier 30, 2020

Pam & Shane
So many memories we shared. It’s hard to believe that three of our loved ones in those memories are gone now. I will always remember Paul for his smile and kind words. Please know I think
of you every day during this difficult time.
Sending love and prayers to the two of you and your family...Sherry

Nancy Brown

janvier 28, 2020

So sorry for your loss Pam. Paul was a really good guy. We had some good times at the harbor and on the river, back in the day. He will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

JoAnn LeRoy

janvier 27, 2020

Paul was a considerate lovable man. He was very kind and helpful with Assisting Larry. We enjoyed spending time with him and Pam on dock 2 and boating. We sure have had some fun times. RIP Paul

Sherry Dave Schmidt

janvier 27, 2020

We are very sorry to hear about Pauls passing. He was always a very fun and pleasant person to be around and he will surely be missed. Our prayers go out to Pam and the family. RIP Paul😞

Ray Reising

janvier 27, 2020

Thanks for all the years of friendship, the many weekends spent on the river and the countless laughs with the boating friends. You were a good friend and will be missed
Ray

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Biographie

Paul E. Tow, age 68, of Peoria, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. at his residence.
He was born Nov. 6, 1951 in Frostburg, Maryland to Ronald and Lois (Miller) Tow. He married Pamela Rinehart on May 29, 1976 in Wheeling. IL. She survives along with Paul’s parents of Brainerd, MN, one son, Shane (Londi) Tow of St. Charles, MO, one daughter, Stephanie (Mark) Dustachek of Arlington, VA, six grandchildren: Isaiah, Brianna, Ryder, River, Rose and Luke. He is also survived by two brothers: Monte (Sandy) Tau, Barry Tow, and three sisters: Rona (Kurt) Lortz, Shirley (Rick) Reinert and Shelly Baardson all of Minnesota. Paul was a dedicated husband, father and an amazing grandfather to his 6 grand kids.
As a young child, Paul was raised in a military family. The family was stationed in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis and was one of the last families to leave the island before political relations changed dramatically. He attended high school in Wheaton, IL where he and his brothers developed a friendship with John and Jim Belushi from Saturday Night Live and other hit shows/movies. He left Wheaton to volunteer for the Marine Corps in 1969 to join the fight in Vietnam.
Paul was in the Marine Corps and served 2 tours in the Vietnam War during which time he was highly decorated. He was awarded The Legion of Merit from President Nixon, Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart, Combat Action Award, NDSM, Marine Expedition Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, and Marine Corp Good Conduct Medal amongst many others.
After his tours in Vietnam and upon receipt of The Legion of Merit Award, he was invited to The White House to serve in the Honor Guard for President Nixon. His stories about Pat Nixon and her demands of drinking and playing cards with the Marines on duty were always entertaining. Several years after Honorable Discharge with the Marine Corps, Paul re-enlisted with the Army where he finished out the remainder of his 28yr military career. He retired in 1999 with the final rank of Sergeant Major.
Upon conclusion of his Military Career, Paul took a position with MediaCom as a Warehouse Supervisor and concluded his working and serving career with a retirement celebration in 2017.
Paul was an avid boater and Master Captain leading recreational boating trips starting from Peoria all the way north to the Great Lakes and south to Kentucky Lake. He was a member and Commodore of Seaway Boat Club and Holiday Harbor Boat Club.
His family owns a small fishing resort in northern Minnesota. He loved fishing, hunting, playing cards, snowmobiling and the great outdoors. Spending time at the resort was one of his favorite past times.
He also loved the 11-Time World Champion St. Louis Cardinals and attended games frequently with his son, Shane including the 2011 World Series. They went to Spring Training in Jupiter, FL in 2018 which was, perhaps, at the top of his “bucket list” at the time.
Paul was a high decorated soldier, a dedicated husband and father and a loving grandfather. His impact on all of our lives was immeasurable, and his endless knowledge, laughter and love will be forever missed.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of Paul’s life will be Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 at 3 p.m. at the Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria. Visitation will begin at 1pm.
Memorials may be made in his name to The Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
You may view Paul’s obituary online at www.woolsey-wilton.com