Paul Wiand, 84, of Oswego died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at Elmhaven East.
He was born March 23, 1926, in Nowata, Okla., to Martin Luther and Bessie (Warner) Wiand. Unfortunately he lost both his parents by age 2. He was sent to live with an aunt and uncle in Indiana.
He graduated from high school in New Castle, Ind. He married his high school sweetheart Marjorie Miller Sept. 2, 1945.
Paul and Marjorie moved to Council Grove. He worked for Kansas Power and Light as a lineman. They were transferred to Cottonwood Falls. He left KP&L to open Wiands Electric, Retail, Appliance and Service Co.
While in Cottonwood Falls he taught high school Sunday school class, was a Boy Scout leader, played tenor sax in the Rhythm Merchants and was a past master of Masonic Lodge and president of Chamber of Commerce.
In 1959, Paul and Marjorie made a life-changing decision to enter the ministry. The family moved to Admire, as Paul’s first Methodist Church appointment, Admire/Allen.
He attended Emporia State College, graduating in 1963. The family moved to Paola, where he worked at Paola United Methodist Church, while attending St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. After moving to Overland Park, where he worked at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Paul was ordained in May 1967.
He was a member of Kansas East Conference of United Methodist Church. Paul and Marjorie were appointed to the following United Methodist churches: Pittsburg, Baxter Springs, Horton, Kansas City, Marysville and Oswego, all in Kansas. Paul and Marjorie retired in Oswego. She preceded him in death.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Leach and her husband, Allen, of Olathe and Cathy Jeffery of Newport, Ark.; three granddaughters, Allison Leach, Megan Stoan and her husband, Kevin, and Abby Rizor and her husband, Chad; and two great-granddaughters.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Oswego United Methodist Church. A graveside committal service will follow at the Oswego City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials to Oswego United Methodist Church.
Services and arrangements are under the direction of the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg.
Condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com.