Paul Eugene Holmes was born January 3, 1931 in Yates Center, Kansas to Eric Eugene and Lela Mae (Bush) Holmes. When he was in the 6th grade, his family moved to Madison, Kansas where he graduated with the class of 1949. While in high school, he worked for the Ford dealership, sweeping floors and when he was a sophomore, was able to buy his first car, a 1930 Model A 4 door. He then became the official designated driver for all of his friends, drinking only orange pop. Work on Phillips 66 trucks was performed at the dealership and Paul became interested in working for the oil company. After being described as someone who looked like he could lift a shovel, he began employment with the Phillips 66 pipeline in July of 1949.
In 1950, Paul was drafted into the United States Army and served 2 years, stationed in Alaska from 1951-1953. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Lamont, Kansas, employed as the yardman for Phillips 66. Shortly after, he returned to the Madison Station.
On July 20, 1958 he and Beulah Belle Wagner were united in marriage at the First United Methodist Church in Madison. He and Beulah lived in Richmond, Kansas for 2 months after their marriage, then returned to Madison where their daughter Pamela Ann was born on November 4, 1959. In 1960, he began working at the Rago propane terminal and the family moved to 1810 S. Pine in Harper, Kansas. From 1960 to 1968, they resided in Harper. Their son Steven Eugene was born October 6, 1961. He transferred to Hardtner for a while and then back to Rago. In 1968, Paul took a job with the roving mechanic crew out of the Wichita terminal. This crew traveled from Medicine Lodge to Cassoday, Kansas, working on Norberg, Sterling, Clark, and Chicago engines. In 1976, Paul took the job at the Attica pump station as a supervisor until the plant closed. He retired from Phillips 66 in 1987, ending his 36-year career. In 1981, he and Beulah moved back to their home on South Pine in Harper, which they had never sold.
After retirement, Paul started his own business, Paul’s Repair, working on mowers and farm equipment for local farmers and people in town. He ran his own service truck, often traveling to farms.
Paul had a special relationship with his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Russell and Lila Wagner, and made frequent trips to northwest Kansas to visit and assist on the farm.
Paul never tired of working in his garage and from 1972 to 1976, he restored a 1931 Model A 2 door sedan and completed restoration on his 1929 Model A pickup within the last 2 years. He along with his son, Steve rebuilt 4, 2-cylinder John Deere tractors.
At the age of 89, Paul passed away on January 29, 2020. Preceding him in death are his parents, Eric and Lela; wife, Beulah Belle (Wagner) Holmes on February 26, 2016; granddaughter, Leah Giesen on August 31, 2005; and brother, Glen Holmes; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, David and Joan Wagner; brother-in-law, Bill Dumcum; and niece, Kathy Holmes. He is survived by his children: Pamela Giesen and her husband, Brad of Anthony and Steven Holmes and his wife, Jaclyn of Clearwater, Kansas; grandchildren: Russell (Angela) Giesen, Leslie (Joel) Gerber, and Matthew Holmes; great-grandchildren: Cora Belle Gerber, Abram Gerber, Ruben Gerber, Ike Gerber, Harper Giesen, and Stella Giesen; sister, Arlene Ashby and her husband, Tom of Kansas City, Kansas; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Norman and Dorothy Voss; sister-in-law, Lila Dumcum; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Rosalie Merriman; other relatives and many friends.
Visitation is 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday with family present to greet friends from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Funeral service is 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 3, 2020 at the Harper United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at the Harper Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Breast Cancer Research Foundation and can be sent in care of the funeral home.
Prairie Rose Funeral Home, 613 W 14th St. ~ Harper, Kansas 67058 is assisting the family with the arrangements and services.