Paul Robert Espe, age 79, of Quincy, Ill., died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Blessing Hospital.

He was born Oct. 13, 1933, in Hayfield, Minn., the eighth child of Nels and Bessie Howell Espe. He married Helen Josephine Broskoff on Jan. 3, 1958.

Paul was a 1952 graduate of Austin High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1956. He was stationed in Germany.

Paul worked at Marigold Dairy until 1968 and Ankeny Dairy until 1977, when he and his wife bought the Yucatan Supper Club in Yucatan, Minn. (between Spring Grove and Houston).

They sold the business in 1989 and moved to Spring Grove, where they bought a Victorian home and made it into a bed and breakfast. Paul also worked at Northern Engraving.

While living at Austin, Paul was a deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church, PTA president, Cub Scout master and coach to many.

The Espes moved to Quincy in 2004, and he became a QPS school bus rider. His kids on the bus loved him and the feeling was mutual.

He was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church. A man with a generous, loving heart, bestowed life's greatest gift on his children and grandchildren by being an exemplary model of integrity, hard work, humor, devotion to family and unconditional love.

Survivors also include three children, Scott Espe, André (David) Landsom, both of Quincy and Brian (Pauline) Espe, Rushford; six grandchildren, Nicholas and John Espe, Arlington, Va., Paul and Julian Landsom, Quincy, Morgan Decker and Madisen Espe, Green Bay, Wis.; a great-grandchild, Owen Landsom, Quincy; two sisters, Evangeline Reimann, Anoka, Minn. and Alice (Harold) Wiste, Adams, Minn.; three brothers-in-law, Reese Butterfield, McIntire, Iowa, Robert (Sherry) Broskoff, Albert Lea and Frank (Lahn) Broskoff, Houston, Texas; three sisters-in-law, Ruth (Jack) Beighley, Salem, Ore., Jeanne (Charles) Huff, Brooklyn Center and Janith Espe, Austin; 44 nieces and nephews and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and five brothers; a daughter-in-law, Staci Decker Espe; two brothers-in-law and four sisters-in-law; and two nephews.

Funeral services were Dec. 10 at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Rev. Kevin McGinnis officiating. Interment was in the Grandview Cemetery with Austin Post #91, American Legion was in charge of military rites.

Hansen-Spear Funeral Home in Quincy assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at