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Glinn, Paul E.

Glinn, Paul E.

August 8, 1930 — March 22, 2020

Paul E. Glinn, 89, died Sunday, March 22, 2020 at Healthcare Resort of Leawood in Leawood, Kansas. Paul was born at home on August 8, 1930 In Kansas City, Kansas to Jess & Berneice Glinn. The family moved to Missouri in 1931. Paul graduated from Southeast High School in 1947 and went on to attend Overland Park Bible School where he met and married Billie June Suffridge on January 28, 1949. Paul is survived by three children, Catherine June Adams (Wayne), Carolyn Jean Fillmore (Robert) & Paul Randall Glinn (Resa); Seven grandchildren, Robert Christopher Fillmore, Amy (Fillmore) Bornhorst (Greg), Heather (Adams) Jacobs (Jay), Stacie (Fillmore) Dial (Chad), Tiffany (Adams) Hylton (Matthew), Stephanie (Glinn) Whitener (Tom) and Randall Glinn; sixteen great grandchildren, Gary Wohler, Ashley Bornhorst, Paige Bornhorst, Austin Johnson, Peyten Dial, Emma Johnson, Brett Dial, Robbie Fillmore, Addison Glinn, Delaney Dial, Gage Jacobs, Drew Dial, George Whitener, Rowan Hylton, Daphne Whitener & Eden Hylton; one great great granddaughter, Amina Ankrah, one surviving sister Mary Lineback and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie June Glinn, parents, Jess & Berneice Glinn, sister, Marjorie Knierim (Vern) and grandson, Joshua Fillmore.

In 1957 Paul and Billie were authorized by the Kanas Conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church Missionary Board to pioneer a new work in Kansas City, Missouri.

A building was located on the corner of 44th and Park in Kansas City Missouri. The first service was held on September 15, 1957 at Park Avenue Wesleyan Methodist Church, with eight charter members. In 1960 the church relocated to Raytown, Missouri, changing the name to Eastwood Wesleyan Methodist Church.

Those who had the privilege of working on the construction of the new church building remember the good times of fellowship as well as the long hours of labor. Delicious meals were prepared for the working crew by the ladies on Saturdays. There were thrilling moments of viewing the construction progress…the foundation and basement, the arches, the walls, the roof, and then the steeple.

Paul retired in 1991, after 34 years pastoring of the Eastwood Wesleyan Church. He loved his congregation and the work he felt blessed to do.

Paul was always bi-vocational…including driving for Coca Cola, Director of Transportation for Raytown Consolidated School District #2, Kansas City, Kansas School district and working for Harmon Bus Company overseeing school bus contracts until his retirement at age 78. Paul served as President of the School Bus Safety Council.

Paul was a wood-worker….loving to build and craft gifts and small furniture and household items for family and friends. An avid wood-scrap-hoarder, significant garage space often did not include room for cars.

Paul loved his family and the Lord. After his retirement from the church he continued to be active in church work, teaching a Sunday school class until he was no longer able to physically attend church. During the last years of his life, unable to be as active as he would have liked, he sent hundreds of encouraging cards, remembering friends and family on their special occasions and in times of grief.

On March 21st, 2020, while honoring the social distancing of the day, families scheduled themselves appearing at Paul’s window throughout the day: face-timing with him, singing, and just being together as possible. Paul was aware of their presence…with a wave and occasional blowing a kiss as children, grandchildren and great grandchildren gathered to his bedside window. This was a day that was memorized the next morning as some smooth stones were still on the outside window sill, left the day before as a 5-year-old’s expression of love. We did not anticipate that a few short hours later he would be in his heavenly home. He loved his family and those grandbabies – oh my goodness. They were the light that kept him going. We love you dad…give mom a hug.

Due to the social distancing of the day, there will be only a small immediate family observance honoring all the mandates of the day. A celebration of life will be announced sometime in the summer or when gathering restrictions no longer apply.

Donations can be made in Paul’s memory to True Light Ministry, a ministry that has been near to Paul and Billie’s heart.

True Light Ministry
712 East 31st Street
Kansas City MO 64109
www.truelightfrc.org

Service Information

Due to the social distancing of the day, there will be only a small immediate family observance honoring all the mandates of the day. A celebration of life will be announced sometime in the summer or when gathering restrictions no longer apply.

Donations can be made in Paul’s memory to True Light Ministry, a ministry that has been near to Paul and Billie’s heart.

True Light Ministry
712 East 31st Street
Kansas City MO 64109
www.truelightfrc.org

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Paul we miss you so much. We miss your gentle preaching. The only thing that makes this better is that you're with your true love - Billie.

Debora & John Renken

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