Paul Lenherr, 80, St. Marys, Kan., passed away Friday, August 9, 2019 at home after a short battle with cancer. He was born March 3, 1939, in Topeka, the son of Paul Joseph and Regina Ann Schuler Lenherr. He was a 1957 graduate of St. Marys High School and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Omaha in 1964. Paul worked in the distribution offices of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company until assuming ownership of Sparks Insurance Agency in St. Marys in 1976.
Paul was a life-long member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, St. Marys, serving as one of the first lectors and continuing for nearly 50 years. He also remained faithful to his weekly 1:00 am adoration hour for over 30 years.
Paul had an extremely active role with the Knights of Columbus throughout his life earning leadership positions at the local and state level, ultimately resulting in his service as State Deputy of Kansas and State Master of the Fourth Degree in the 1990’s. For over 20 years Paul was the Ceremonials Chairman. He was an honorary life member of the St. Marys K of C Council #657 and the Thomas A. McNeive Assembly of the Fourth Degree.
At the community level Paul was the Supervisory Judge of the Election Board for many years, and previously served as President of the Chamber of Commerce and a term on the Board of Directors of Wamego Country Club.
He married Peggy Jane Sparks on June 9, 1962 in St. Marys. She survives of the home. Other survivors include two daughters: Christy (Mark) Grannell, Gardner and Helen (Joe) Schwinn, Leavenworth; two sisters: Sr. Letitia Lenherr, SCL, Leavenworth and Ann (Don) Henry, Fort Collins, Colo.; and 5 grandchildren: Jim (Ashley) Grannell, Tom (Allegra) Grannell, Ann Grannell (fiancé Jack Vielhauer), all of Shawnee; Sarah Jo Schwinn and Zachary Schwinn of Leavenworth; and one great grandson, Henry Grannell. He was preceded in death by one brother, Vincent John Lenherr, and three sisters: Regina Simonton, Sr. Mary Cecilia Lenherr, SCL, and Josepha “Jo” Mulvihill.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 16, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, St. Marys. Burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys. Visitation will be at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Rossville on Thursday, August 15 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm followed by a rosary recitation. Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 W. Maple Street, St. Marys, KS 66536 http://www.piperfuneralhome.com