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Dr. Paul Detweiler

February 16, 1926 May 17, 2017
Dr. Paul Detweiler
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Dr. Paul Detweiler, 91, of Peoria passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Dr. Paul Detweiler was a truly unique man. He touched many lives through his medical work, as well as his generous financial support of numerous worthy causes. He was a devoted husband and father who will be fondly remembered, but sorely missed, by his family.

Paul was born in Peoria on February 16, 1926, to Howard and Edith (Planck) Detweiler. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother David Detweiler, and sister Laura Lee Arnold. Paul is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Doris (Danni) Detweiler, son Mark (Sherri) Detweiler, granddaughter Sandra Detweiler, nieces Cynthia (Tom) Eaton, Wendy (Bill) Hutchison, and Lorie (David) Steeples, and nephew Major (Kalyane) Darst.

Paul served in the Navy during WWII, and remained interested in boats and boating all his life. After the war he attended Texas Christian University, then medical school at the University of Illinois. He was married to Doris in 1950. In 1958, Paul and his wife and infant son journeyed to India, where they helped found the Christian Hospital at Diptipur. They remained in India for more than four years, serving the medical needs of this rural area. Upon returning to Peoria, Paul went to work at the Hanna Clinic, and later joined the medical staff at the Caterpillar company. He was an active member of Glen Oak Christian Church, where his father Howard had been pastor for many years. Paul was also a member of the United States Power Squadrons -- a boating education organization -- and served for one term as the commander of the Illinois Valley chapter. Like his father, Paul was an avid fisherman all his life, and enjoyed many fishing trips to Minnesota.

A memorial service for Paul Detweiler will be held in the chapel at Lutheran Hillside Village, 6901 N. Galena Rd. in Peoria, at 2pm on Sunday, May 28.

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