Created: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 05:38:00 CST
Updated: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 05:39:09 CST
Paul Edward McCartney, the son of Berniece Grace (Delka) and George McCartney, was born January 31, 1931 in the Logan Township in Smith County, Kansas. He departed this life on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the Deseret Health & Rehab Center in Smith Center, Kansas at the age of 82 years, 10 months and 13 days.
A lifelong resident of Smith County, Paul received his formal education attending the Oriole rural school and the Lebanon High School. He was united in marriage with Ruth E. Dillon on June 18, 1950 at the Mt. Hope Church in Smith County.
A veteran of the United States Army, Paul enlisted on September 21, 1951 and served his country until his discharge on June 30, 1953. He and Ruth returned to make their home and raise their family on the farm in the Lebanon area. For a brief period of time Paul sold cars for Tom Kelly in Red Cloud and was also employed for twenty-five years with Ely Grain Company at Red Cloud. He was proud to have been elected and served his friends and neighbors as a Smith County Commissioner for three terms.
In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, visiting with his friends and his membership with the American Legion. His love for his family was immeasurable and he especially cherished time spent following his grandkids activities. He was happiest on the farm and always looked forward to the time the family spent together, whether it was gathering around a bonfire or the dinner table. His personality was pervaded by his quiet, genuine nature and his quick smile. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a daughter, Jo Ann McCartney; daughter-in-law, Debbie McCartney; brother Bob McCartney and a brother-in-law, Wilbur Reibold.
Left to treasure his memory are his loving wife, Ruth of Smith Center, Kansas; children, Paul E. McCartney of Hastings, Nebraska; David McCartney of Red Cloud, Nebraska; Michael McCartney and wife Sharon of Red Cloud; Debra Saathoff and husband Scott of Franklin, Nebraska; Lori Bortz and husband Darin of Smith Center, Kansas; 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers, Lloyd McCartney and wife Mary Ann of Hastings, Nebraska; Darrel McCartney and wife Donna of Inland, Nebraska and Don McCartney and wife Barbara of Nelson, Nebraska; two sisters, Mary Jane Reibold of Red Cloud and Linda Biltoff and husband John of Nelson, Nebraska; other relatives and friends.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, 1:00 p.m., December 19, 2013 at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Smith County, Kansas.
Visitation will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Williams Funeral Home in Red Cloud.
A memorial fund has been established by the family.
Williams Funeral Home
241 West 4th Avenue
Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970