Joseph Henry Papst

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Joseph Henry Papst, 96 of Shawnee, Kansas was called home to our Lord on March 4. He was born at home in Paola, Kansas to Ernest and Rose Papst. His family later moved to Wea, Kansas where he spent his childhood. He is preceded in death by his wife JoAnn Papst, his parents Ernest and Rose, his brother Clarence and sisters, Ella Marie, Irene and Mary Ellen.

He was in the Army Air Corp in WWII with the 316 th Bomber wing Squadron. He was awarded the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal, Good Conduct medal, WWII Victory medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. He was honorably discharged on August 31,1946. After returning from service, he met his bride JoAnn Kircher of Paola, Kansas and they were married for 51 years. They had four children Jan Murray (Bill), Joe Papst (Paula), Karen Corkill(Luke) and Theresa Bergeron (Wes) and eight grandchildren, Scott, Rachel, Drew, Nick, Ryan, Jared, Lynsey and Austin.

He was a lifetime Heavy Equipment Operator for Local 101. His life was shaped by his faith and love of the Lord. He was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. He was known for his quick wit and humor, making people smile made his heart happy. He loved bowling and golf, he was an avid fan of the KU Jayhawks, the
KC Royals and Chiefs. He loved the outdoors and spent many years tending to his large garden, strawberry patch and fruit trees. He enjoyed cooking and was know for his chili, he always said, if it didn’t make his bald spot sweat, it wasn’t spicy enough!
Nothing made him happier than time with his family. He was a devoted husband, father, Papa and a friend to all he met. He will be greatly missed by his friends and especially his loving family.

Services will be Friday March 11 th at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 12800 W.75 th St. Shawnee, Ks. The Rosary will be said at 9:00, followed by a visitation. Mass will be at 11:00. Internment at Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society.