DIGHTON — Robert A. Paris, 88, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at Lane County Hospital in Dighton.
He was born July 30, 1929, in Dighton, to Glen Allan and Mary Viola Paterson Paris. He graduated from Dighton High School in 1947 and received a bachelor's of science degree in agricultural engineering from Kansas State University in 1952.
Mr. Paris served in the U.S. Air Force, graduating from Air Force Officer Candidate School at Lackland Air Force Base. He was a staff sergeant at the time of his discharge from active duty and then spent 27 years in the Air Force Reserves and retired as a lieutenant colonel.
A life-long farmer on the family farm in Lane County, he served on the local Soil Conservation Board for 25 years, was the state president of Kansas Association of Soil Districts in 1976 and 1977, was president of the Kansas Wheat Growers Association in 1988 and 1989 and served on the Kansas Agriculture Rural Leadership Board from 1995 to 2000. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Dighton, where he sang in the choir for many years. He also was a member of Barney Masonic Lodge 279 of Dighton.
On July 10, 1955, he married Delores L. Landon in Deerfield. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Allan J. Paris of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two daughters, Loretta M. Green of Rose Hill, and Lisa Ann Weeks of Waynesboro, Va.; a brother, George Paris of Topeka; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Florence Marie Paris and Clara Belle Splitter.
Funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church, Dighton. Burial will follow at Dighton Memorial Cemetery, with military honors conducted.
Visitation hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Boomhower Funeral Home in Dighton. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com. Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church or Lane County Library, both in care of Boomhower Funeral Home.