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Joseph Lee Paul

Joseph Lee Paul, of Edna, KS passed away at the age of 88 on December 10, 2021 at CRMC in Coffeyville. 


JL was born on June 3, 1933 in rural Parsons, KS to Joe and Opal (Pate) Paul.   JL grew up farming with his father.  He loved to fish and hunt.   His elementary years were spent at Service Valley and his high school years he attended Labette County High School.  After high school JL farmed with his father and worked at the Ammunition Plant in Parsons.    Through a mutual friend JL met the love of his life Jean (Maxson) Paul.   They were married on March 29, 1953.   They had three children Doug Paul, Gregory Paul, and Alesia (Paul) Malone.  In 1956, JL went to work in the oil and refining business at COOP-CVR Energy and retired after more than 40 years of service. 


JL loved raising sheep, hogs and horses for his children so they could participate in 4H and FFA. He was an avid gardener and would share his produce with many of the residents of Edna. Every summer, JL would plant 2 acres of sweet corn just to share with the entire community and surrounding areas.   JL loved to travel and was fortunate to take numerous overseas trips and many cruises with Jean.   His favorite being Australia and New Zealand.  Fishing was a passion of JL’s in his later years.   He and Doug went on many guided fishing trips.  One of his favorites was a trip to Canada.   He would get up in the wee hours of the morning if someone wanted to go.     JL was an active member of the Edna United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge in Edna, as well as Edna Saddle Club and the Southeast Kansas Mounted Posse.  Many weekends were spent at parades and shodeos with his children.


JL is survived by his wife Jean Paul of the home, children Doug Paul and wife Leslie, Alesia Malone and husband Barry.  Grandchildren Brooke (Zach) Stephens, Alexa Paul, Ashley (Joe) Seiffert, Kyle Malone and Garrett Malone.  He has 2 great grandchildren, Harper Stephens and Graham Seiffert who were the biggest blessings of his life until he found out about the new one on the way.  He was very insistent he needed another great grandson, but it has turned out to be a girl.  He was preceded in death by his parents Opal and Joeseph Paul Sr, a son – Gregory Paul, and sister – Maxine (Paul) Strickland.  


Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 13, 2021 at 1pm at First United Methodist Church in Edna, Kansas with burial following at North Enda Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 12, 2021 from 4-6pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave. in Coffeyville.  The family has requested memorial contributions be made payable to either First United Methodist Church of Edna or Edna Masonic Lodge #767 and may be left in care of the chapel. To share a memory or leave an online condolence visit


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