Glen O. Paden 1916 - 2008 Lawrence
Memorial services for Glen O. Paden, 91, Lawrence, will be at 3 p.m. April 26 at First United Methodist Church.Mr. Paden died April 12, 2008, at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. He was born June 16, 1916, in Meade County, the son of Harry Lewis Paden and Marion Overton Paden. He attended public school in Topeka and graduated from Kansas University with a degree in electrical engineering. He moved to Lawrence Presbyterian Manor in 2005.Mr. Paden worked for Westinghouse in Pittsburgh and Chicago. He was licensed as a professional engineer in six states. He worked as a distribution manager for Kansas Power and Light and founded Paden and Bartlett in Topeka, now Bartlett and West. He worked for many firms that helped build the missile defense systems in northeastern Kansas, build power plants and refineries, added pollution control devices to refineries, and worked on projects in Canada, the USSR and Yugoslavia during the 1960s and 1970s. He was licensed as a small aircraft pilot.Mr. Paden led teams to Haiti to develop potable water supply on the island of La Gonave after he retired. His last trip to Haiti was in 1999. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Breakfast Optimist Club, both in Lawrence. He also continued his interest in fine woodworking after he retired and built projects for friends and trains for his grandchildren. He researched and built an authentic replica spinning wheel. He rode in Bike Across Kansas several times, most recently in 1996 with three generations of his family for his 80th birthday.Mr. Paden married Lucile York on Dec. 20, 1942. She survives, of the home. Other survivors include two sons, Philip York Paden, Ashland, Ore., and David Glen Paden, Lawrence; two daughters, Rabeth Jeane Meikle, Lewiston, N.Y., and Rebecca Lucile Lipnick, Farmington, N.M.; seven grandchildren, Bertrand and Heather Meikle, Christine Woods, James Fasano, Aaron and John Paden, and Joshua Lipnick; six great-grandchildren, Alex and Sofia Fasano, Emma Wood, and Elijah, Arlo and Elliot Paden; a sister, Alice Robb, California; and a brother, Carl "Jiggs" Paden, Topeka. He was preceded in death by a sister, Eunice Singleton. The family will receive friends after the services at the fellowship hall. The family suggests memorial contributions to First United Methodist Church of Lawrence, designated for the Haiti Water Project or the maintenance fund.Online condolences may be sent to <a href="http://www.warrenmcelwain.com">www.warrenmcelwain.com</a>, subject: Paden.