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Paul W. Rodewald

August 4, 1928 - November 30, 2023

Paul W. Rodewald Paul W. Rodewald
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Paul W. Rodewald, 95, of St. Charles, Illinois, passed away November 30, 2023, after a short illness surrounded by family. He was born August 4, 1928, in Elkhart, Indiana to Dorothy (Nash) and Herbert Rodewald.  Paul was a graduate of Elkhart High School in 1946 and studied engineering for two years at Tri State University (now Trine University) in Angola, Indiana.  Paul served two years (1946-1948) in the United States Marine Corp at Cherry Point, North Carolina where he was an aircraft mechanic and repaired jets damaged in World War II.  He married Elizabeth Bueter in 1949, with whom he was married for 63 years.

Paul is survived by his sister: Ruth Ann Owen of Elkhart, Indiana; two sons: Bill (Gail) Rodewald of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Jeff (Nancy) Rodewald of Geneva, Illinois; four grandchildren: Sarah (Todd) Gard, Emily Reece, Matt (Lindy) Rodewald and Katherine (Dave) Edison; and twelve great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, a younger sister, Joyce Taylor, a younger brother, Tom Rodewald and two great-grandchildren, Alex and Blake Rodewald. 

Paul was employed as a salesman for Elkhart Rubber Works and Aero Rubber Company in Tinley Park, Illinois.  

During his long life, Paul was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus in Elkhart, served as Cub Scout Pack Leader in Elkhart for many years and enjoyed volunteering for the Concord High School Athletics Boosters. He also was very involved with activities and clubs at the Cinnamon Cove retirement community in Ft. Myers, Florida.  Paul was quite a skilled carpenter and electrician.  Besides his projects around the house, he built a vacation home in northern Michigan which the family enjoyed for many years.  He was also very proud of his military service in the World War II era, highlighted by an Honor Flight to Washington, D. C. in 2017.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Geneva Community Chest at or Honor Flight Chicago at  A private memorial service will be held at a later date at St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery in Elkhart, Indiana.

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Dean & Linda Kilburg from Geneva, IL

"Sorry to learn of Paul’s passing. What a long and wonderful life grounded in service to others. Our condolences to his loving family and friends."

Al and Maurine Patten from St. Charles, IL

"Maurine and I were honored to be his neighbor for a number of years at River Glen. Please accept our condolences."

Martha Bray from St. Charles, IL

"Paul was my neighbor for many years. He loved to tell his stories which I enjoyed hearing. In fact, his Veteran's Honor Flight experience was what motivated me to take the 1st all Women's Honor Flight in 2022. Paul was right, it was an absolutely fantastic experience!I know he was very uncomfortable the last few years. At least the pain is now gone.Rest in peace, Paul."

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