Paul W. Willard, 96, of McPherson, KS, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at The Cedars Health Care Center, McPherson. He was formerly of Jonesboro, IN; El Dorado Springs; Siloam Springs, AR; Sedalia; Hannibal; Marion, IN; Miller and Jefferson City. Paul was a retired Free Methodist Pastor.
Paul was born on Nov. 7, 1916, in Preston, KS, the son of Dennis B. and Mahala M. (Rader) Willard. He graduated from Preston High School and Central College, McPherson.
On Aug. 14, 1942, he was united in marriage to Geraldine R. Layson. She died April 27, 1951. He married Ruth E. Kahlstorf on Sept. 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 – McPherson, James Willard – Colorado Springs and Dan Willard and wife, Tammy – Wichita, KS; brothers – Dale Willard, Albert Willard and Robert Willard – all of Colorado Springs; sister, Dorothy Terrill – 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.
Service washeld Friday, Dec. 7, in the McPherson Free Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Griffith and Rev. Deborah Somerville officiating. Cremation followed the service and inurnment will be at a later date in the McPherson Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be given to the Free Methodist Church Children and Youth Programs in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. Personal condolences may be sent to the family at www.stockhamfamily.com.