Paul K. Winslow

Born: Sun., Feb. 23, 1930
Died: Mon., Sep. 19, 2016

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   Paul K. Winslow, 86, formerly of Payson, Illinois, passed on at 3:40 p.m. Monday (September 19, 2016) at the  Illinois Veteran's Home in Quincy.

   Paul was born February 23, 1930 on a farm a few miles from Morning Sun, Iowa.  They had to stop a train to get a doctor for his birth! He was the son of H. Lloyd Winslow and Martha (Mehaffy) Winslow-Smith.  He married Joan L. Riley on November 5, 1955 at Luther Memorial Church in Quincy.  She survives at Bradford Villa in Quincy.

   Paul "became" a barber in the Navy aboard the USS Cavalier in 1951, when a superior officer told him to try cutting hair for two weeks. He ended up doing it for 4 Navy years.  After his discharge, he went to barber school and  graduated from Decatur Barber College.  He started working in the A.J. Edmondson Barber Shop in Quincy.  In 1963 he opened Winslow's Barber Shop,  his own men's hairstyling shop  at 416 South 8th Street, across from the then Stormer's Funeral Home, later the State Street Store and currently the Quincy Early Childhood Learning Center.  Over the years his perfectionistic style and artistic talent led to fitting men's hairpieces, putting letters (especially "Q's" and "CB's") in flattops, painting beards school colors for enthusiastic sports fans, and even one time shaving a head bald for the musical "Annie"!

   Paul was a member of Luther Memorial Church.

   Survivors include his wife, Joan of Quincy; one daughter, Pamela Kay of Payson, IL; two granddaughters, Lyndsey Olson (Seth) of Rock Island, IL and Lisa Wassenhove (Amber) of Missouri;  two  great granddaughters, Malin Nel Olson and Keatyn Marie Olson; two great grandsons, Maverick Anthony Wassenhove and Noah James Wassenhove; two step great granddaughters, Marilynn Rae Ritter and Natalie Rose Ritter;  one sister, Marjorie Briggs (James "Spike") of Colorado Springs, CO; one nephew, Mark Mathews; and five nieces, Elizabeth Briggs, Angela Harden, Courtney Weeth, Crickett Christgau and Susan Baker.

   Paul was preceded in death by his parents; and one nephew, Eric Mathews.

   Since Paul's shop was a "hub" of people getting together to share their life's "ups, downs, unders, overs, and sideways" as well as the Quincy areas latest news and honor Paul's memory, please find another person (maybe someone confined to a care home as he was) that remembers "Winslow's Barber Shop on 8th Street" and sit a bit (like you did in the shop waiting chairs), have a Pepsi and reminisce about the "good old days" events and stories you heard there. Our family knows he really liked that part of his profession best of all!
   A private burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home.  The family would appreciate family and friends sharing memories and stories of Paul on his condolence page at

   Memorial donations in Paul's memory may be given to Luther Memorial Church or the Illinois Veteran's Home Activity Fund.

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Dick & Pat Wentura
   Posted Wed September 21, 2016
Dear Joann and Winslow Family,
Thinking of you.
Dick & Pat Wentura

Dora Dyer
   Posted Wed September 21, 2016
Joann and Pam and the rest of the family. Sincere sympathy. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Dora

Paul K. Geers
   Posted Wed September 21, 2016
Dear Winslow family,
I knew Paul many many years ago while I was manger at the Old Plaza, where he and his wife came out to eat. over 40 years ago. a fine man and gentleman too. I cant believe he was 86, but his life continues in our hearts and minds. So many good people I met in my time and in Quincy too.
God Bless his soul.

Dick McKinney
   Posted Wed September 21, 2016
We were sorry to hear of Pauls passing. My two brothers Tom and Harry and myself all went
to see Paul for hair cuts. Great man.

Dick McKinney

Connie K Balfour
   Posted Thu September 22, 2016
Joan & Pam: I am deeply sorrow for your loss. Paul was a good man and friend. I first meet Paul at the Old Settlers Day in Payson. I always enjoyed visiting with Paul when he would come into State Street Bank where I worked. Often I would find a box of chocolate candy on my desk and sometimes when he and Joan would go to Sprouts for lunch, he would bring me a piece of coconut cream pie. Paul always had a smile and a story to share. Pam, thank you - I went to see Paul several times after our visit. He was so proud of his daughter. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. A friend, Connie

Claire Dittmer Myers
   Posted Thu September 22, 2016
Paul Winslow, husband, father, and cherished member of the QHS Class of 1948 is remembered for his winning smile, his loyalty, and sincerity. A most pleasant guy. He will be missed. My sympathy to his family.--- Claire Myers, QHS'48

Lenny singer
   Posted Thu September 22, 2016
I have many memories just going to his shop and getting the latest news. I was managing the State Theatre then. My condolences to the family.

Monte McCarthy
   Posted Fri September 23, 2016
A talented barber and a terrific conversationalist. Paul just had this intangible quality that made me always look forward to my appointments. I have to agree with what another has already posted: I sure would not have thought he was 86. May his family find some measure of comfort in knowing his was a life well lived.

Bob Brewer
   Posted Fri September 23, 2016
Dear Pam & Mrs Winslow,
Although the years have passed, my visits to Winslow's Barber Shop are fondly remembered, as are my years at St. James School... Paul was always happy & upbeat, a perfectionist on haircuts, and a "how's Bobby doin'?" whenever I visited. He was a very nice man & a nice memory. Sympathies to you both.

   Posted Fri September 23, 2016
My Thoughts and Prayers are with The family. I remember getting my Haircut at Paul's Barbershop growing up in Quincy. I remember the Soda machine that had BOTTLED soda in it for about .15 cents a bottle back then. You put your money in the change slot and the bottle would slide out of the slot it was in. I remember Paul would always have strawberry flavored CRUSH brand in the machine and the soda was worth the wait .

kirk gribler
   Posted Sun September 25, 2016
Alot of memories right now! My father "Doc" Gribler was a 'usual' customer of Paul's and went there numerous times to get that Pepsi of course! I did not see this in person but my father told me this forthcoming story....
The sidewalk had to be replaced in front of the big glass window in front of his shop. Apparently a welder welded a shiny new quarter to a metal stake or spike if you will and right after the concrete was poured, they carefully place the spike into the cement to make it look like the quarter had simply fallen on the ground. As being a barber with all of Paul's customers, I guess they boys there got years of entertainment by watching people stopping, bending over trying to pick up that quarter off of the sidewalk to no avail!! I believe someone had finally broke the quarter off of the spike and the fun ended. God Bless you Paul and family. Dr. Kirk Gribler

Terry Hidy
   Posted Mon September 26, 2016
Paul graduated from Quincy Senior High with my Dad, Dormand Hidy. He started cutting my hair when I was in Junior High and was still styling my hair 30 years later. We always traded jokes. He was one of the Good Guys. I will never forget him. Terry Hidy

Elizabeth Briggs
   Posted Sat October 29, 2016
I am proud of my Uncle Paul and the contribution he made to the city of Quincy Illinois. I love and miss him very much! I am so glad I got to see him in May of 2016, while he was still recognizing people that he loved. R.I.P Uncle Paul!

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