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Paul J. Avelis

January 24, 1964 ~ August 21, 2019 (age 55)
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Paul J. Avelis

Age 55 of Godley and formerly of the Matteson and Crete area, passed away Wednesday August 21, 2019 at his home.

Born January 24, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, Paul Julian is a son of Julian and Shirley Ann (Matokar) Avelis. He was a graduate of Crete-Monee High School and went on to attend the University of Illinois.

He was a veteran of the United States Army, and honorably served from 1982 until 1985.

Survivors include his parents: Julian and Shirley; one son, Gus (Cheyanne) Avelis of Rantoul, Illinois; two granddaughters: Toni and Layla; two brothers: Joseph Avelis of Carbondale and Peter Avelis of Peotone; one sister, Rachel Avelis of Peotone; niece and nephews Emma, Alex and Joshua, and two uncles: Richard (Linda) Matokar of Highland, Indiana and Richard (Robin) Avelis of Radcliff, Kentucky.

Paul was preceded in death by his brother, Anthony and one niece, Samantha.

A private family visitation and service was held at Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington, and Paul was laid to rest in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. Full military honors were rendered by the United States Army and the Abraham Lincoln National Honor Squad.

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Funeral services and arrangements were made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. (815-476-2181)

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