He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Joseph Gawin; his former wife, Jane Weberling; his two daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte and Jeffrey Soukup and Paula and Daniel Kramer; and his beloved pets, Susie and Cleo.
Paul was born on April 13, 1938 in Newark, NJ where he grew up with his parents, Paul and Bertha Weberling, and his sister, Shirley. Paul attended Central Commercial and Technical High School, where he was known both for his interest in science and engineering and his penchant for jokes and mischief. After high school, Paul earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Rutgers University.
Paul enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at age 23, attained the rank of Captain at 27, and remained a proud Marine for the rest of his life. He served in the Vietnam War as a motor transport officer, earning a Navy Commendation Medal for heroism. Paul enjoyed many civilian careers in his lifetime—draftsman, supervisor, antique store consultant, and investor—but his chief passion was learning.
He was an avid reader and museum patron, and actively pursued hobbies in gardening, sketching and photography. His interests in history, astronomy, nature, and conservation served as inspiration to his children. He could expound on seemingly any topic, with a humor and perspective that was uniquely, unabashedly his own, and he frequently did, to anyone that would listen.
Services will be held this Thursday at 10am at Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church, 985 Lily Cache Lane, Bolingbrook and he will be interred at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.”