MATTOON -- Paul E. Welton Sr., age 86, of Mattoon passed away at 10:44 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 200 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, Illinois 61938 with Pastor Adam Jacobsen officiating. Burial will take place at the Dodge Grove Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at the church. Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Paul was born on August 18, 1932 in Mattoon the son of the late James Lewis and Helen (Holze) Welton. When he married Carol Rardin Uphoff on August 1, 1971, he also took on Carol’s 5 children to raise as his own.
Paul is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Carol Welton; children, Paul Welton Jr. of Mattoon, IL; Art Welton of Neoga, IL; Cindy (Monte) Uphoff Overton; Mark (Rona) Uphoff; Mindy (Steve) Uphoff Hamilton; David Uphoff and Debbie (Bruce) Uphoff Prevo, all of Mattoon, IL; eight grandchildren, Kacie (Collin) Overton Richey, Cody (Sophie) Overton, Kyla (Shane) Overton Steffen, Tyler Welton, Emma Welton, Hannah (Tim) Prevo Schwanke, Zach Prevo and Mikayla Prevo, all of Mattoon, IL; five great-granddaughters, Kaylin Richey, Lilly Overton, Ava Steffen, Makenna Daily and Daisy Collier; four great-grandsons, Corbin Richey, Brooks Overton and Colton and Camden Steffen; sister, Marilynn (Dick) Marrs of Arkansas City, KS; sisters-in-law, Connie Schaljo of Lerna, IL and Loretta Rardin of Murrysville, PA; brother-in-law, Jerry (MaryBeth) Rardin of Grand Rapids, MI; and several nieces and nephews. Paul was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Milo and Lula Rardin; brothers-in-law, Richard Marrs, Ron Schaljo and Carl Rardin.
Paul graduated from Mattoon High School in 1951. He served in the Medical Division during the Korean War. Paul was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and was confirmed there in 1945. He served as usher for many years at the church. Paul enjoyed helping fry sausage for the Men’s Club Pancake Supper.
Paul and his dad started Welton Oil Service on April 1, 1953. They worked together until February 1, 1974, when Paul and Carol bought the business from his parents. Paul and Carol worked side by side until Paul had to retire in November of 2017. Paul loved his work and said that going to work every day was his vacation. He had many loyal and wonderful customers and several great employees which were like family to him, especially George Whalen, Chris Nay and Don Wright. They and their wives and families hold a special place in our hearts.
Paul enjoyed showing his antique cars and received first place at the Illinois State Fair for his 1919 Dodge that he had owned since he was 21 years old. He collected many antique and classic cars his entire life and enjoyed showing them.
Most of all, Paul enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was very proud of them.
Memorial donations in his honor may be given to the Sarah Bush Lincoln Cancer Center, St. John’s Lutheran Church or Lincolnland Hospice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.schillingfuneralhome.net or Schilling Funeral Home’s Facebook page.