TOPEKA — Paul Allen Lines, 86, died Saturday, July 10, 2021, at his home in Topeka.
He was born Sept. 24, 1934, in Malad, Idaho, the son of Paul Wesley and Ora “Louise” (Estenson) Lines.
Paul grew up in Idaho during World War II. He delivered newspapers to help support his family and picked potatoes, along with his classmates, to support the war effort.
He met and married Gay Stillwagon in 1953, and they later divorced. He married Verna Page Dec. 30, 1961, in Alliance, Neb., and together they raised seven children. They moved their family to Carbondale in 1968.
One of the most important things to Paul was providing for and raising his family. As a young man, Paul worked as a manager at Katz Drug Store and Woolworth’s. He later worked for the Topeka Capital Journal for 23 years in display advertising, eventually becoming credit manager until his retirement in 1991.
Beginning in the fall of 1993, Paul and Verna became snowbirds, wintering in Bouse, Ariz., and spending the summer months, hosting at campgrounds, near Centennial, Wyo.. They moved to Topeka in 2015, to be closer to their family.
Paul attended the Tecumseh United Methodist Church, was a member of the Carbondale Kiwanis, and volunteered with the Salvation Army. His favorite pastimes were fishing, boating, camping, bowling, music, dancing, and going for a good cup of coffee with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Louise; his son, John, in March 2010; his sister, Nellie Louise Vecchio; his brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Rose Lines; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Paul is survived by his wife, Verna; six children, Victoria Lillehaug (Ken), Highmore, S.D., Sharlene Hight (Mort), Lecompton, Karen Moore (John), Mendocino, Calif., Debbie Lines (Bill Schoonover), Valley Falls, Montgomery Lines (Melodee), Olivet, and Yvonne Berry (Robert), Topeka; his daughter-in-law, Angie Wilkinson, Tahlequah, Okla.; his brother-in-law, Don Vecchio, Arvada, Colo.; 24 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 24, at the Tecumseh United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends prior to the service, starting at 10 a.m. Burial will be at the Lyndon Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tecumseh United Methodist Church or Topeka Rescue Mission and sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451.
Condolences for the family may be left at FeltnerFuneralHome.com.