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Paul H. Magnuson, 80

Paul H. Magnuson, 80, of Pekin, IL passed away at 10:21 am on Monday, July 13, 2015 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria.  He was born on March 1, 1935 in Hallock, MN to George and Pearl (Hallet) Magnuson.  He married Roberta Johnson on April 6, 1962 in Rock Island, IL.  She preceded him in death on December 21, 1984 in Peoria.  He then married Mae (Samms) Brecklin on February 14, 1993 in Las Vegas.  She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters Cynthia (Mike) Cooper of Mapleton and Rose (Mike) Marsh of Lebanon, MO; two step-sons Dan (Susan) Brecklin of Florida and Jack (Lisa) Brecklin of East Peoria; nine grandchildren Everett (Tammy) Cooper, Matthew Cooper, Jason Ellis, Jacob Ellis, Dustin (Stephanie) Brecklin, Adam (Jill) Brecklin, Nate Brecklin, Kalie Brecklin and Beau Brecklin; four great-grandchildren Keaden, Paige, Austin and Avery Brecklin; and two brothers George (Ardelle) Magnuson of Shakepee, MN and Dan (Judy) Magnuson of Roanoke.  He was preceded in death by his two sisters Betty Ann England and Beverly Nelson.

Paul was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  He was a member of the Creve Coeur Christian Church.  He worked as a Regional Vice President of Reserve Life Insurance Company.  He loved life surrounded by family and friends.  He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and gardening.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, July 20 at 12:00 noon at Creve Coeur Christian Church with Reverend Nick Oyler officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  Burial of ashes will be held at a later date in Kilbourne Cemetery, Kilbourne, IL.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Creve Coeur Christian Church or the Paul Magnuson Memorial Fund.  Online condolences at

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  1. Jacob P. Ellis on August 31, 2022 at 2:20 am

    To this day he and god my aunt ci ndy and my cousin cheryl magnuson , are the most positive influences in life , I could remember him taking me working with him , when he retired checking meters he had a wart on the same finger as me and on the same hand and on the same place. He was my role model and forever will be , i can remember our last phone call , I will always remember that smile and will remember me and him and me sitting in the car just listening to music on the hollidays and everyone was inside and we would catch up on the new music , he accepted me for who i was and would always have that smile on his face , He’s the one who taught me to wash my face due to no father figure before i moved to my aunt cindy’s who’s a spitting image of him and she took everything she learned and ran with it and also became a inspiration who i will alway’s look uo to as well. My grandpa would take me fishing , golfing, always needed anything he came thru, He is my idol and no one in this world can take that place his laugh and smile would light the room, his last words were dont quit and quote”you can do this , I know one day I want to see you out of there and you can and I will always love you and will see you one day”. And man the inspiration and love he gave and showed everyone with that charismatic smile , his stories of playing cards with the egend great mickey mantle , his airplanes he drove my aunt and mom around was a story i will always visualise forever and no matter what have in my heart . He was a man and a man besides my uncle mike cooper tried their deariest to teach me to be the best i could be and i wlll one day give all them names a smile, his brother which i called uncle dan was the same bright smile and for real just they were intuitive and ost of all the best influence’s in my life and thanks to god they are looking down knowing im about to bloom thanks for catching me when i was fallen i will always be yours in my heart body and soul give god a hug for me and im ready to see your smiles and meet myt grandma for the first time and just be at peace as the both of you were and grandma love you as well beverly . Please know i will always love you

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