William Paul Leathers age 90, of Coffeyville, passed away on July 13, 2017 at Select Specialty Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Paul was born January 20, 1927 in Howard, Pennsylvania to Lester and Alma (Solt) Leathers. He lived in Howard and Mill Hall, Pennsylvania. He was baptized on April 9, 1939 in the Mill Hall Methodist Church. He joined the US Navy on April 14, 1944. After an honorable discharge he joined the US Air Force on July 15, 1947. He met JoAnn Duncan while stationed at the Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. They were united in marriage on September 30, 1950. They moved to Erie, Pennsylvania where he worked for Bethel Hill Steel, before moving to Buffalo, New York where he found employment as a tile layer. In 1963 the family made their home in Coffeyville where he went to work for the Missouri Pacific/Union Pacific Railroad until his retirement on November 7, 1989.
While living in New York he was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader. Always an active bowler, he helped with the Coffeyville Youth Bowling League. He was inducted into the Coffeyville Bowling Hall of Fame on May 5, 2013. He was a past member of the Masonic Lodge, VFW, American Legion, United Trainmen Union, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.
Those left to honor his memory are his children, Michael Leathers his wife Myra of Elk City, KS, Pam Obrien of Ramona, OK, Rose Wilmoth her husband Jim of Tyro, KS, Jill Hull her husband Chuck of Coffeyville, and Vickie Barnhart of Topeka, KS, brother, Dean Leathers of Ohio, 14 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 55 years, JoAnn, brothers; Roland "Ted" and Lester "Leo", sisters, Alice Oneida and Virginia, son-in-laws, Dwayne Davis and Joe Barnhart, daughter-in-law, Bobbi Leathers.
Graveside memorial services under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 11:00am at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery with Pastor Terry Marta officiating. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the Asbury Village Activity Fund and they may be sent in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com