KENNETH “WAYNE” PAUL was born on September 22, 1939, to Wally Thomas and Leta Lee (Morley) Paul at the hospital in Crosbyton, Texas. Wayne was the fourth of 5 children. He started school at Nowata, Oklahoma and then started the third grade at Springdale Country School between Meeker and Chandler, Oklahoma. The family moved to Lipscomb County in 1952 and Wayne graduated from Follett High School in 1957.
He met his future wife, partner and best friend. Kathryn Lusetta Laurie, in 1959 “draggin' main” in Darrouzett, Texas. They were married in the Darrouzett Methodist Church on June 4, 1961 and started their married life on the Silver Pump Ranch south of Follett, Texas. They began their life of farming and ranching and in March of 1963 Wayne was drafted into the US Army and served as a Military Policeman in Georgia and in Munich, Germany. While in the army he continued his education at the University of Maryland on the army base in Munich. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1965, the couple returned to the ranch they loved so much.
Wayne and Kathryn had two sons, Courtney and Nathan, and continued a life of farming and ranching in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles. In the ensuing years he built another business as a contract welder and a master spur maker. He loved making spurs, attended the Old West shows and found homes around the world for his amazing creations in steel and sterling silver.
The couple loved the ranch and their Arabian horses. They spent many wonderful hours riding with friends in the mountains and in different areas of the USA. They also competed in endurance, competitive trail riding and horse shows. It was a good way to show Wayne's beautiful spurs to the people who would enjoy them the most. The couple loved square dancing and spent lots of happy hours with their square dancing friends. They belonged to the Lipscomb County Shoe-fly Dancers in their early years and the Red Carpet Squares (Gage) in later years.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Wallie and Leta Paul, two sisters - Jackie Stevens and Jaunita Stockton - and two brothers - Roger Paul and Charles Paul. He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Kathryn, their sons, Colonel Courtney Wayne Paul and wife, Antje, of Lipscomb and Bad Homburg, Germany, and Nathan Wayne Paul and wife, Kimberly, of Tulsa, Oklahoma., and his grandsons, Alexander Michael Paul and Brenden Zachary Paul, and a host of nieces. nephews and in-laws.
Wayne requested that no services be held. There will be a family memorial for him when his ashes are returned to the ranch. He also requested that any memorial donations be made to your local volunteer fire department.
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