Paul Benedict VanGoethem, 86, of Gardner, KS passed away Feb. 23, 2019. Visitation 6:00 to 8:00 pm Mon., March 4, 2019 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Rosary at 8:00 pm following the visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 am Tues., March 5, 2019 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 555 W. Main, Gardner, KS. Burial follows at St. Columbia Catholic Cemetery, Gardner, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Catholic Church. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com
Paul was born March 21, 1932 at the family home in Gardner, KS to Julian Ernest and Clare Elsie (Harrington) VanGoethem. He was a lifelong area resident. Paul graduated from Gardner High School in 1950. He served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany for two years from 1953-1955. Paul married Betty L. Hougland on Oct. 8, 1960 in Gardner, KS. He worked for Bendix in KCMO from 1955-1966. Paul was a warehouse manager for Cramer Products from 1966-2000 and was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church. Paul served on the Gardner USD #231 School Board and the District 7 Water Board. He loved his cows, enjoyed watching sports and tinkering around the farm. He will be missed by family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Betty in 2017; siblings: Rosemary Weilert, Alice Spellman, Theresa VanGoethem and Ralph VanGoethem. Paul is survived by his children: Kevin and wife Lesley VanGoethem, Winter Spring, FL, Jim and wife Lori VanGoethem, McPherson, KS, Margaret and husband Eric Klassen, Beatrice, NE and Travis and wife Kimberly VanGoethem, Blue Springs, MO; three grandsons: Jori, Dawson and Mitchel; siblings: Monica Moll, Olathe, KS, Irene and husband Dean Kehoe, Olathe, KS and John and wife Evelyn VanGoethem, Shawnee, KS.