Paul W. Shuhert, 92, died from a fall on Sept. 26, 2012, after a very active and remarkably healthy life. A funeral was held Monday, Oct. 1, at St. Joseph’s Church, Rickardsville, Iowa. Internment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa. Visitations were in both Geneseo and Dubuque. A visitation in Geneseo was held Sept. 28 at Vandemore Funeral Home. A visitation in Dubuque was held Sept. 30 at Hoffman Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Dubuque Public Library or the Geneseo Public Library.
He was born on July 25, 1920, in Alta Vista, Iowa, the son of William and Frances (Hannon) Shuhert. He lived on the family farm in Rickardsville with seven sisters and one brother before moving to Dubuque, where he graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1938.
He served as an electrician on three ships in the Navy during World War II, traveling to Brazil, Casablanca, New Guinea, the South Pacific and was on ship in Manila Harbor, stringing signal lights during the battle of Leyte Gulf. After the end of the war, he returned to the family home on White Street, Dubuque, and enjoyed his work as a switchman for the railroad. His love of trains and travel continued throughout his life. Paul joined the IBEW in 1947 and was so proud of his 65-year membership in the union. He was especially proud of his construction work on the Dubuque Public Library and the Clarke College Library.
He married Rosemary (Heitzman) in 1946 and the had three daughters, Mary, Paula and Sandra, who now live in Oregon and California. Paul enjoyed the large Shuhert family picnics at Eagle Point Park, which included his eight siblings and the nieces and nephews he cared about all of his life. After Rosemary’s death in 1995, he traveled frequently to see his daughters. With their spouses Jim (Agin) and Graham (Metcalfe) and his two grandsons, Kyle Shuhert Metcalfe and Colin Shuhert Metcalfe, he traveled to Portland, Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Yosemite, the Sierras and went to see the Cubs in spring training in 2012. He married Orphy Kinkade in January 1997, and they enjoyed their new life together in Geneseo where they taught his beloved grandsons Kyle and Colin to play a good game of euchre. Paul had a special fondness for Orphy’s many wonderful children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He loved cars and loved to drive and in his retirement he worked for Auto Auction in Moline. An avid reader, he patronized the library frequently and swam regularly at the nearby pool in Geneseo, until the last two weeks of his life. Paul (Cubs) and Orphy (Cardinals) were great fans of baseball. They also enjoyed college sports — with Paul rooting for the University of Iowa and Orphy rooting for the University of Illinois. He was truly beloved by his family who appreciated his kindness, humor, intelligence, wisdom and loyalty.
Page 2 of 2 - Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Orphy Kinkade; his daughters and sons-in-law; his grandchildren; and the family of Orphy. He was preceded in death by his brother, Cletus; and his sisters, Agatha, Marce (Clemens), Helen (Callahan), Mary (O’Neill Goodman), Rita (McDermott), Jean (Greisinger) and Denise (Spahn).