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Paul E. "Shorty" Abell, 83 of Rock Falls died Tuesday June 19, 2012.

He was born on January 8, 1929 in Chicago, the son of Orlin and Minnie (Kilroy) Abell and served as a SGT in the US Air Force. He married Mary Ann Oberg on July 2, 1955, in Sterling. Paul was employed by Propheter Construction Co for 35 years before retiring. He was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church, Rock Falls; Union Local 727 Laborers and Union Local 455 Teamsters. Paul enjoyed fishing, pitching horse shoes, and morning coffee with his friends at the Friendship House restaurant.

Surviving is his wife; Mary; two daughters, Diane (Rosendo) Garza of Prophetstown and Sally (Oscar) Canas of Rock Falls; four sons: Paul Abell Jr of Rock Falls, Mark Abell of Dixon, Peter Abell of Rock Falls and Jeff (Stacey) Abell of Burlington, IA; one sister Chris Delaney of Colorado; four sisters-in-law: Marge Gilmore, Beverly (Elmer) Albus, all of Sterling, Mary Oberg of Florida and Marlene Abell of OK; five grandchildren: Kerrey Anderson, of Rockford, Nicholas Garza and Nathan Garza both of Prophetstown, Kristin Casillas and Alex Casillas both of Rock Falls, one step grandchild, Kristin Canas; two step great grandkids , Chloe and Corbin.

He was preceded in death by one sister Leona Abell; and two brothers: Otto and Michael Abell .

Visitation will be Friday from 3-7 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Saturday at 10 AM in St. Andrew Catholic Church, with Monsignor Thomas Dzielak, Celebrant officiating. Military rites will conclude the services outside of the church. Private burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

A memorial will be established.