Paul W. Hester, 90, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, passed away January 14, 2021 at his residence. He was born June 20, 1930 in Mount Vernon to the late Eddie and Ollie (Oathout) Hester. Paul married Mary Louise (Partridge) Hester on December 27, 1952 in Mount Vernon. They were blessed with 68 years of marriage. A Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn. A Graveside Service will begin at 1:00 pm. Interment will follow. Memorials may be made in Paul’s honor to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital.Please remember to observe social distancing at this time. We are limited to 10 people under the tent at a time. Following the CDC and NFDA regulations, we encourage everyone to wear a mask. They will be made available, upon request. Call Hughey Funeral Home at 618-242-3348 or visit hugheyfh.com for further information.