Obituary for Paul L. "Butch" Ebaugh III

Paul Lanius Ebaugh III (Butch), 71, of Cape Girardeau, passed away early on Tuesday, January 19, at his home.

He was born August 2nd, 1944, in Riverside, California, son of the late Paul and Gayle Ebaugh.

Paul married Jeanne Ebaugh on Dec. 4, 1971 in Parma, Missouri.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Kara Askar (Ron) of Denver, and Megan Ebaugh Faris (Stu) of St. Louis; four grandchildren, Kailey and Brennan Askar and Delia and Grady Faris; two sisters, Jackie Masters (the late Dr. Edwin Masters) and Debbie Darby (Charles); a brother, Rick Ebaugh (Debbie), and many nieces and nephews.

Paul had a passion for and excelled in sports. He was an honored athlete in both high school and college. He received the Lou Muegge award in his senior year of high school and was inducted into the Cape Central Hall of Fame in 2011. In college, he played football and was a member of the track team, setting and holding records in the discus. Upon graduating from college in 1967, Paul was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He received the Navy Commendation Medal, a Bronze Star, and a
Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam (1968-69). He was honorably discharged in 1970 as a Captain.

Paul worked at Delta Asphalt from 1974-77. In 1977, he opened Ebaugh Refrigeration with his brother, Rick. In 1987, he returned to Delta Companies where he retired as Vice President of the Manufacturing Division in 2006.

Paul was a charter member at LaCroix United Methodist Church, where he remained an active member. Paul had an amazing knack for dry wit and storytelling. He was the epitome of a devoted and loving husband, and as “commanding” as he was, he always had a soft spot for his girls. He was larger than life and will be missed beyond words.

Visitation will be on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 4-8 p.m. at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 11 a.m. at LaCroix United Methodist Church with Rev. Ron Watts officiating.

Burial with full military rites will be at Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri or a charity of your choice.


Paul Ebaugh Jr.

What his friends said about Paul

Thomas G. McBride with Paul Ebaugh Jr
Said goodbye to an Old Friend today. Paul and I go back in time and spent a couple of great summers in Cape - swam in the quarry, Happy Farm, beer and cookouts. He was an outstanding football player in High School and College, joined the USMC serving in Vietnam, and returned to raise a beautiful Family.
This picture is Paul and I at Sherry's High School Reunion July of 2015. We swapped some stories. I just loved hearing Paul tell stories because he would get this wry little smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. Brought back memories of great times just growing up.
We dearly love Paul and will miss him. God bless.

From the Team

Sad news to report: Paul Ebaugh has passed away. here are some Paul won the MIAA discus title for SEMO in 1965, 1966 & 1967. He placed 2nd in 1963. Paul was also a starting two-way tackle for the SEMO football team in the fall of 1964 & 1965. After the rule change, he became a defensive tackle for the 1966 season. A group of us nominated him for induction into the SEMO Athletics Hall-of-Fame based on his outstanding results in Track and his participation as an offensive & defensive lineman in football. He did not make the cut this year but the nomination is good for 5 years. He attended several of our SEMO Track lunches in the last several years. Paul was on the track team for the years 1963, 1965, 1966 & 1967. In 1964 Pual was in Wyoming and out west on work.

Photo # 1 - Bus driver Jim Palmer, Curtis Williams, Paul Ebaugh at the SEMO Track lunch on 12-20-13 at 'The Wood'

Photo # 2 - Pilot House lunch from January 2015: Walter Smallwood, Dave Lehmann, Tim Rademaker, Bill Wirtz, Paul Ebaugh

Photo # 3 - 1967 season: Ron Jorgenson, Tim Rademaker, Terry Coff, Paul Ebaugh

Photo # 4 - 1967 Springfield Relays: Paul Ebaugh, Al Borchardt

Photo # 5 - Paul Ebaugh: MIAA conference Discus winner 1965, 1966, 1967 (2nd place in 1963)

Photo # 6 - 1966 MIAA winners: Kneeling - Dean Kimmich, George Hester. Standing - Curtis Williams, Walter Smallwood, Bruce Frankie, Paul Ebaugh

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