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Paul Santy obituary (2021) – Godfrey, Illinois

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Paul R. Santy
Godfrey – Paul Russell Santy, 93, formerly of Rosewood Heights, died at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at Alton Memorial Hospital.
Born August 4, 1928 in Rosiclare, IL, he was the son of Earl and Opal Pearl (Kimsey) Santy.
He married Donna Lou East on August 14, 1954 at First Christian Church in West Frankfort, IL. They lived in Carterville before moving to the East Alton / Wood River area. Paul and Donna were married 65 years before her death on April 19, 2019.
Paul graduated from Rosiclare High School. He attended Michigan State University at East Lancing and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he earned a master’s degree in educational administration. He was inducted into Phi Delta Kappa, an honorary and professional fraternity in 1955 at SIU-C.
He was a staff member of the US Fleet Sonar School in Key West, Florida for 2 years. He served on a Navy destroyer in the Korean War, providing fire support to the army and providing support and supplies to guerrilla groups behind the lines, earning two Bronze Stars.
Paul taught in Roxana Jr & Sr. High Schools for 4 years; then, he became principal of the East Alton Junior School District 13 or 28 years old before retiring. He was a former president of the Roxana Teachers Association; served on the board of directors of the Teachers Federal Credit Union; member of the National Teachers Association, Illinois Teachers Association; Illinois Jr. Association of Senior Managers; served on several committees of these organizations; served on an educational program selection committee for KETC (channel 9); was a fundraiser for the Boy Scout of America; and served on the Town of Wood River Traffic Commission. Paul was a life member of Alton VFW Post 1308 and East Alton American Legion Post 794 and First United Methodist Church in East Alton.
He is survived by two sons, Brent Spencer (Robbie) Santy of East Alton, Michael Scott (Cynthia) Santy of Madison, AL; five grandchildren, Kacey Lea Santy of St. Louis, Kaylea Nicole Santy of East Alton, Benjamin Michael Santy, Luke Henry Santy and Brooke Elizabeth Santy all of Madison, AL; brother, Richard (Paula) Santy of Harrisburg; three nieces, Reta D. East of St. Petersburg, FL, Laura Shewmake of Gold Canyon, AZ, Jan (Jim) Kuppart of Harrisburg; and a great niece, Stephanie Shewmake of Gold Canyon, AZ.
His parents died before him; his wife, Donna, whom he cared for with love, dignity and respect; son and daughter-in-law, Scott Russell and Cathy Santy in 1980; and his grandson, Joshua Scott Santy in November 2008.
At his request, a private family service will be held at Marks Mortuary in Wood River and interment will follow at Woodland Hill Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to a charity of their choice.

Posted by The Telegraph on September 30, 2021.


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