Paul Fuchs

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Paul Albert Fuchs passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL, on January 7, 2019. Paul was born August 16, 1931 to Paul Henry Fuchs and Olivia Beatrice, nee Harmon, Fuchs in St. Louis, MO.

Paul was a 1949 graduate of Roosevelt High School. Paul was recruited to play football at the University of Missouri where he received his Bachelor and Masters degrees. While at Mizzou, Paul played for Coach Don Faurot, as a three-year starter at defensive tackle and kicker. In 1952, he was named All-Conference in the Big 7, Honorable Mention All American and Defensive Player of the Year by the St. Louis Quarterback Club. Paul was a graduate assistant for Coach Don Faurot, before serving two years in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant. He returned to the University of Missouri where he was a graduate assistant under Frank Broyles. While working toward his Masters degree, he played for the St. Louis Knights, a professional football club. Paul married Felicia “Chick” Milonski on August 19, 1956, in St. Louis, MO.

After graduation, Paul started teaching and coaching at East St. Louis Senior High School, where he was the defensive coordinator for the football team, assistant coach for track and head coach for the first, East St. Louis wrestling team. In 1966, he accepted the Head Football Coach position at Edwardsville High School, in Edwardsville, IL. During his tenure, he was the athletic director and taught history until his retirement. Paul and Felicia traveled extensively and enjoyed spending time with family.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Janet, nee Fuchs, Schwartz.

Paul leaves behind his loving wife of 62 years, Felicia “Chick”, nee Milonski, Fuchs;
his daughter, Diana (Tom) Helis;
his son, Paul M. (Janice) Fuchs;
four grandchildren, Paul A. Fuchs, Matthew Helis, Elizabeth Helis, Olivia Fuchs;
and many family and friends.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2019 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A memorial service with military honors will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.


14 Comments on Paul Fuchs

Robert Penn said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2019 at 3:14 PM

Coach Fuchs made a significant impression on me as a player at East Side.Teachers and coaches make lifelong contributions.

  • Lake St Louis
  • Mo.
Steve Schwartz said : Guest Report Jan 15, 2019 at 11:55 PM

My Uncle Paul was a great man. A strong man with integrity and a warm loving heart. I know my mom, his sister Janet, was waiting for him in heaven and was happy to walk ten feet behind him like he made her do when they were kids.❤️ Love to all❤️

  • Dana Point
  • California
Jeff Krumeich said : Guest Report Jan 14, 2019 at 3:19 PM

Chick & Family - Paul was a great player and coach, but he was an even better person. It was a pleasure to play for him at Edwardsville. He will be missed.

  • Charlotte
  • North Carolina
John Sulga said : Guest Report Jan 13, 2019 at 5:25 PM

Well done,coach. Your Polska student in 1966. Can see you taking those long football strides ?❤️

  • Villa Grove
  • Illinois
Edward David Rahubka said : Guest Report Jan 12, 2019 at 3:42 PM

Dear Chickee:- It sure is tough to have a loved one move on to Heaven. You know he is waiting for you there. I hope to see all my Milonski relatives at the funeral. Love you all, Dave.

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Kasia Kazimierczuk said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2019 at 6:26 PM

Dear Ciocia Felicia - and Everyone, I am writing on behalf of the whole family in Poland (they "delegated" me, as I am the Family English Speaker...). But also on my own behalf, since I was the only one to be lucky enough to meet Uncle Paul in person and spend all that time with all of you guys, thanks to your amazing hospitality. I am sending our deepest sympathy, from me, my parents, Lidia, Andrzej, and their mum, Maria (Niusia), who has no idea the internet even exists (of course, given her age and bad health). I asked everyone to chip in and the answer was "Tell Ciocia Felicia that we will deeply miss her Facebook posts featuring Uncle Paul". Even my mum reads her Facebook sometimes (well – only when I make her do it :-) ), but she hasn't figured out how to post on it... So – I am sending really warm hugs from all of us to all of you across the Ocean. Kasia Kazimierczuk. PS. And – Paul (Paul the Cousin) – bringing Winston to Uncle Paul at that time was one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen man!

  • Warszawa
  • Poland
Bob and Kathy Hartley said : Guest Report Jan 11, 2019 at 3:09 AM

Dear Paul , Janice and Family- Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you cherish the memories in your mind and heart forever. He walking the streets of gold with Uncle Hank. Love to all.

  • Bluffs
  • Illinois
Weylin Nave said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2019 at 5:04 PM

Coach always had words of encouragement to me E.Side 65

  • Fairview Hts
  • Illinois
Bill Halliburton said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2019 at 3:13 PM

Dear Chick and family: You have been in my heart and prayers ever since Chick e-mailed Paul being in Hospice. Paul was a fine man, and married to a fine and outstanding lady. We go back as far as Harris and M.U. Paul was an excellent athlete, and a kind and quiet gentleman. God's Love always has met and always will meet every human need. I know that your needs will be lovingly met. God's Grace, and Love, Bill Halliburton

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Mary. Sarkisian said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2019 at 12:56 PM

Dear Chick and family, I was deeply saddened by your loss. You must be devastated. I remember Paul as a very shy and gentle man who adored his Chick. May God be with you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Celebrate and cherrish your memorires.

  • Springfield
  • Pennsylvania
Mary Sarkisian said : Guest Report Jan 10, 2019 at 2:50 AM

Chick, and family. I was so sorry and saddened to hear about Paul's passing. You must be devastated. Cherish your beautiful memories. I remember Paul as a quiet, gentle man who loved his CHICK. May God be with you and yours!

  • Springfield
  • PA
Samantha Schwartz said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2019 at 11:58 PM

I'll never forget that smile. Sending my love to the family.

  • Laguna Niguel
  • California
Jim and Sue Wolfe said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2019 at 10:36 PM

We are so very sorry for your loss! You were a wonderful wife for him and you are an even greater friend! We miss him on his walks and talking about Mizzou football! He will be greatly missed

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
DON BORGSCHULTE said : Guest Report Jan 09, 2019 at 9:23 PM


  • OHIO

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