TUCSON, Ariz. – Paul Beacher Rethelford of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Wiesbaden, Germany, and Rossville, passed from this life on April 27, 2013, in Tucson.
Born Sept. 6, 1931, in Henning, he was the son of Paul William and Dora Ellen (Campbell) Rethelford. He married Carolyn Cunningham Pierce in Memphis, Tenn., on June 9, 1996. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Peter Wilhelm Rethelford and Paul Stephan Rethelford, both of Germany; one grandson, Raoul of Germany; one sister, JoAnn (Adam) Free of Salem, Ore.; three brothers, Perry (Barb) Rethelford and Bobby (Rita) Rethelford, both of Hoopeston, and Marvin (Judy) Rethelford of Catlin; and two stepsons, William Pierce and Richard Pierce, both of Tucson, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife (Erika Winter) of Germany and two brothers (Harry and Richard).
Per his request, he has been cremated. Burial of his ashes will be held in the Rossville Cemetery in Rossville, at a later date. Brown-Alkire Funeral Home in Hoopeston is handling arrangements.