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“Fair winds and following seas- Rest in Peace-Paul ”
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Herbert P. "Paul" Craven Sr., age 77, of East Dubuque, IL, was called home peacefully at 1:30 p.m., on Monday, July 3, 2017, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Paul's life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Paul's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home. Full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Estate Cemetery, Elmhurst, PA.

Paul was born on January 31, 1940, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, son of Herbert J. and Annette M. (Bischoff) Craven.

Paul honorably served his country in the United States Marines Corps from 1957-1960, and all who knew and loved Paul can testify that the lessons, and pride, he gained during his service were absolutely instilled within the core of his being and became an integral part of his entire earthly journey. Upon his return to civilian life, Paul began his career with Union Hoermann Press and would loyally devote over 33 years of his time and talents with his company, co-workers and friends, until his well earned retirement had finally arrived. In his free time, Paul enjoyed sitting down to the weekly NASCAR races, or hitting the open road on his bike to feel the freedom of the wind in his hair. But, let's be sure to understand that family was always the most important aspect of Paul's life. Paul continually sacrificed for his loved ones in many forms; it could simply be some generous help with a current project, or the ever-present compassionate attendance during a health issue which was made much easier because of his strong hand by your side. Paul has left behind a firm example of how we care for those we love and his legacy of strength, courage and "stubbornness within the struggle" will be carried forward for generations to come. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our father, grandfather, brother and friend, but we know that the last couple of years have been very difficult for Paul, and we are forever grateful that he is finally at peace and we'll surely see him again one day where he'll definitely be eager to get us caught up on all the new stories he's been waiting to share.

Those left to cherish Paul's memory include

his 9 children,
Dan Davis, Burnsville, MN,
Kelly (Keith) Kettler, Dubuque, IA,
Kim (Phil) Kellam, Virginia Beach, VA,
Nancy Hamill, New Orleans, LA,
Herb Craven Jr., Burnsville, MN,
Connie Craven, Eagan, MN,
Chris (Kristine) Craven, East Dubuque, IL,
Amanda Craven, East Dubuque, IL
and Jeffrey (fiancé Jody Pratt) Craven, East Dubuque, IL;

his 12 grandchildren;

his 3 great-grandsons;

his siblings,
Micki (Joe) Lutian, Scranton, PA
and Sammy Giumento, Dunmore, PA;

and his beloved canine companion,
Vareck.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, David Davis.

A Herbert P. "Paul" Craven Sr., memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Paul's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of ManorCare, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, caring and professional care they provided for Paul and his family.