L. James Paul

L. James “Jim” Paul, 90, of Riverside, died peacefully on Dec. 5, 2021. 

Mr. Paul was born and raised in Riverside and was predeceased by his parents, Louis and Ruth Pavlicek, and his sister, Ruth (Charles) Carroll. He attended Riverside grammar schools and graduated from Culver Military Academy. He married the love of his life, Phyllis Baltis Paul, in 1952. 

With a B.S. in chemistry, Jim graduated from Northwestern University in 1953 and was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Upon his college graduation, Mr. Paul served as a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force at the end of the Korean War and was stationed in Madera, California. 

Once his service was completed, Mr. Paul enjoyed a career with his father-in-law as general manager of Baltis Built Homes from 1956 to 1986. He continued his general contracting business when he established James Paul & Associates Inc. More recently, he partnered with his sons in their commercial real estate development business. In 2008, Jim lost his beloved wife, Phyllis, to ALS after celebrating 56 years of marriage.

Mr. Paul was civic-minded and, with Phyllis’ support, he was involved in his community. He served on the Riverside School District 96 Board of Education and was also helped lead a successful Riverside-Brookfield High School referendum. He served on the board of directors and as president of the Riverside Little League then became a district administrator in the State of Illinois. 

While he served as a trustee for the village of Riverside, Mr. Paul also served on the Police and Fire Commission. Among his many Riverside Village Board accomplishments, Mr. Paul was responsible for bringing Lake Michigan water to the village of Riverside. 

He belonged to the Riverside Golf Club and was a member of its board of directors then club president. He and Phyllis shared fond memories of wintering at the Deerfield Manor Club in Deerfield Beach, Florida, for which Jim served on its board of directors.

Mr. Paul is survived by his six children: Deborah Stewart, Susan (Michael) Woerner, James (Ginger) Paul, William (Susan) Paul, Regina (Douglas) Fiala and Thomas (Dana) Paul.

He was blessed with 19 grandchildren: Kathryn (Andrew) Whitlatch, Daniel Kostelny, Carolyn M. Kostelny, Thomas Kostelny, Ashley (Frank) Parker, Morgan (Jamie) Jones. Rebecca Woerner, Tyler Paul, Heather Paul (Shaun Obarski), William (Jenny) Paul, Brett (Jeni) Paul, Zachary Paul, Trevor Paul,

Anne (Ian) Dabrowski, Douglas Fiala Jr., Matthew (Jesse) Fiala, Lisa (Brad) Fiala, Maxwell Paul, Henry Paul, and 16 great-grandchildren: Thomas, Daphne, Peter, Abraham, Marigold, Sam, Ellie, Brooks, Edith, Camryn, Henryk, Jake, Valerie, Andrew, Tripp, Madelyn.

His nieces and nephews include Sharon (Bill) Eklund, Kathy Herban, Robert (Diane) Hutchison, Amy (Jim) Flynn, Timothy (Cindy) Hutchison Denise (Kim) Roekamp, Fred (Jackie) Lindstrom III, Lisa Lindstrom and Walter Lindstrom.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. Paul’s family appreciates donations to Catholic Charities at donations@catholiccharities.net or Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, P.O. Box 7154, Carol Stream, 60197-7154

Visitation is Thursday, Dec. 9 at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, Western Springs, from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by the Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside

Arrangements by Brian Powell funeral directors of Hinsdale.