Paul James Beckner 1914 - 2006 Hutchinson
Services for Paul James Beckner, 92, Hutchinson, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church in Neodesha. The Revs. Kris Brinlee and Roger Gausman will officiate. Burial will be in Neodesha Cemetery.Mr. Beckner died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, at Wesley Towers in Hutchinson.He was born Aug. 20, 1914, near Howard, the son of Robert and Cora Bruton Beckner. He graduated from Elk Falls High School in 1935. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia and Colorado State College of Education in Greeley.Mr. Beckner taught in rural schools in Elk County and public schools in Moline, Grenola and Neodesha. He served as an elementary principal in Moline and Grenola as well as at South Elementary, Central Elementary and Heller Elementary schools in Neodesha for 28 years and retired in 1979. He was a member of United Methodist Church in Neodesha, Neewollah Campers of Independence, the National Education Assn. and Kansas National Education Assn. He enjoyed woodworking, camping, traveling, fishing and grandparenting.Survivors include his wife, Ruth, of Hutchinson; two daughters, Janet Roth and husband Stan, Lawrence, and Karen Gausman and husband Roger, Hutchinson; eight grandchildren, Kathie, Jon, Carl and Shannon Gausman, Jim Roth, Jane Waterman and Debby and Brad Ziegler; seven great-grandchildren, Jack, Carson, Margaret and Adam Ziegler, Tim and Alex Roth and Joshua Paul Gausman.A sister, Lucille Emery, died earlier.The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church.The family suggests memorials to the church, sent in care of Penwell-Gabel Loran Fawcett Chapel, 704 Indiana, Neodesha 66757.Online condolences may be sent at <a href="http://www.penwellgabel.com">www.penwellgabel.com</a>.