Charles A. Hand
Charles A. Hand

August 12, 1943 - October 10, 2018
Resided in Paris, Illinois


Charles Allen Hand, 75, of Paris, Illinois, passed away at 2:36 p.m. EDT Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was retired after thirty-two 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 over twenty-five years.

He was born August 12, 1943, in Eldorado, Illinois, the son of the late Arthur Allen and Lois V. (Hedges) Hand. He married Karen R. Warfel on July 2, 1966, in Waukegan, Illinois, and she survives.

Other survivors include a son, Bryan (Alison) Hand, and two grandchildren, Karena and Zachary Hand all of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; 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.

Hand 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. Chuck 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 wishes to express gratitude for the countless expressions of love, support, and kindness shown to Chuck throughout his treatments and illness.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Edgar County Humane Association.


Graveside services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, October 15, 2018, at Edgar Cemetery. Richard Benach officiated and burial followed. Templeton Funeral Home of Paris was in charge of arrangements.

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Graveside Service
Edgar Cemetery
629 Young Street
Paris, IL 61944
Monday, October 15, 2018
2:00 PM
Celebration of Life Reception
Paris V.F.W.
601 W. Court St.
Paris, IL 61944
Monday, October 15, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM