Charles Hand


Charles Allen “Chuck” Hand, 75, of Paris, passed away at 2:36 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, at Regional Hospital, Terre Haute, Ind. He was retired after 32 years as an educator at Mayo Middle School and Paris High School, and had previously taught for two years in the Cumberland, Illinois, School District. He was also the owner and operator of History Hardbacks, a dealer in Lincoln ephemera, for more than 25 years.

A graveside service and burial is 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at Edgar Cemetery, with Richard Benach officiating. Friends are invited to join the family in a reception celebrating his life from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Paris Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.

Mr. Hand was born Aug. 12, 1943, at Eldorado, the son of the late Arthur Allen and Lois V. Hedges Hand. He married Karen R. Warfel July 2, 1966, in Waukegan, and she survives.

Other survivors include a son, Bryan (Alison) Hand, and two grandchildren, Karena and Zachary Hand, all of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.; a sister, Mary Ellen Cunningham; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and his beloved cats, Bob, Mosby, Belle and Buddy.

Mr. Hand earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Eastern Illinois University in 1965, and his Master of Arts in Geography in 1971, also from EIU. He was an active and devoted member of the Edgar County Historical Society where he served on the board of directors for many years. He also served many years on the boards of the Paris Carnegie Public Library and the Paris City Band and was a member of the Illinois Geographical Society.

He was well known as a Lincoln historian and was an invaluable resource for local history, as well. He had a passion for sharing his knowledge, which combined with his sense of humor, energetic and outgoing nature, and occasional orneriness, made him an oft-requested speaker at clubs, schools and history programs.

Mr. Hand took an active interest not only in history but also in current events and took seriously his roles as citizen and taxpayer. He was engaging with local government and was an advocate for fiscal accountability. Throughout his life, Charles Hand displayed an acute awareness of the needs of others and a willingness to step up to address those needs without hesitation.

He will be remembered as the definition of a good friend by so many whose lives were better due to his thoughtfulness.

The family is grateful for the countless expressions of love, support and kindness shown throughout his treatments and illness.

Memorial donations may be made to the Edgar County Humane Association.

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