Paul W. Willard

  • Born: November 7, 1916
  • Died: December 2, 2012
  • Location: McPherson, Kansas

Stockham Family Funeral Home

205 N Chestnut
McPherson, KS 67460
Tel. (620) 241-2442

Tribute & Message From The Family

Paul W. Willard, 96, of McPherson, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 2, 2012, at The Cedars Health Care Center, McPherson. He was formerly of Jonesboro, IN, Eldorado Springs, MO, Siloam Springs, AR, Sedalia, MO, Hannibal, MO, Marion, IN, Miller, MO, and Jefferson City, MO. Paul was a retired Free Methodist Pastor.

Paul was born on November 7, 1916, in Preston, KS, the son of Dennis B. and Mahala M. (Rader) Willard. He graduated from Antrim High School and Central College, McPherson.

On August 14, 1942, he was united in marriage to Geraldine R. Layson. She died April 27, 1951. He married Ruth E. Kahlstorf on September 3, 1952, in Laporte, MN. She died on April 29, 2006.

He was a member of the McPherson Free Methodist Church and Toastmasters Club.

Survivors include: three sons, David Willard and wife, Kathryn, of McPherson, KS, James Willard of Colorado Springs, CO, and Dan Willard and wife, Tammy, of Wichita, KS; brothers, Dale Willard, Albert Willard, and Robert Willard, all of Colorado Springs, CO; sister, Dorothy Terrill of Smith Center, KS; 14 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wives, brothers, Earl Willard and Kenneth Willard, daughter, Jeanie Cox, and grandson, James Daniel Willard.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, December 7, 2012, at the McPherson Free Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Griffith and Rev. Deborah Somerville officiating. Cremation will follow the service and inurnment will be at a later date in the McPherson Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at Stockham Family Funeral Home, with the family receiving friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Memorial donations may be given to the Free Methodist Church Children & Youth Programs in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I often remember the times at camp when Bro Willard took time with all of us to do crafts and Bible study. He took time to drive over 3 hrs to preach my fathers funeral. I was so blessed to have him say so many wonderful things and I hope somewhere he knew how much the old friends would be somewhere in heaven singing off key and sitting on a pond bank having a good time together. I will miss him

Posted by Brenda Wright - Jefferson City, MO - friend from the past   December 14, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with Paul's family. We had met Paul when my parents Lucile and Wayne Gibson were residing in assited living at the Cedar's. My son Curtis and Paul loved to share stories with each other. We will miss him.

Posted by Alan and Debbie Jensen and family - Gilroy, CA - friend   December 05, 2012

Uncle Paul was an exceptionally kind and good man who always had time to entertain his nieces and nephews when we visited. His calm manner, gentle smile and shining eyes made us feel welcome and not in the least bit the bothersome children that we probably were at the time. His strong faith made him always at peace with the world and made us feel that way, too.

Posted by Karen Krumme Pike - San Jose, CA - Niece   December 04, 2012