Paul was born Nov. 19, 1922, near McGee, Mo., the son of William Jesse and Leota Bell Payne Rodgers. He married Shirley Ferguson on Nov. 5, 1945, in Klamath Falls, Ore., and Shirley died Nov. 20, 2009.
Paul was a graduate of Zalma High School, where he was a member of the basketball team that won
the Missouri State Championship in 1940.
He was an Army Air Force veteran of WWII, serving as an airplane maintenance technician in the Bismarck Archipelago, the southern Philippines, New Guinea, Luzon and Per Go.
Paul was employed as a master carpenter by Carpenters Local 1008 in Louisiana, Mo., for 57 years before retiring. He enjoyed woodworking and wood carving and helping his family and friends with their carpentry projects.
Paul and his wife, Shirley, were charter members of Calvary Baptist Church in O'Fallon.
Survivors include a son, C.J. (Joan) Rodgers of Wellsville, Kan.; a daughter, Shari (James) Carnahan of Silex; six grandchildren, Vicki Lynn (Ross) Muth, Teresa Lynn Elliott, Kevin Rodgers, Trinity Dawn (Matthew) Taylor, Andrew Lee (Jennifer) Carnahan and Dayne Edward (Tiffany) Carnahan; 12 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Wanda Rodgers of Advance, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, an infant son, Dana Wayne Rodgers, a son-in-law, Ron Adams, two brothers, Floyd Rodgers and Alba Rodgers, and a sister, Alma Estes.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Ill., conducted by Bro. Don Hannel. Burial, with military honors, will follow at the Perry Wells Cemetery near Pleasant Hill. Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association.
Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Ill., is handling the arrangements.