Paul Kevin Whipple, 55, passed away in his home, February 6, holding the hands of his immediate family.
Born August 6, 1962 in Oklahoma City, Paul was adopted as an infant by Monte and Sibyl (Dwyer) Whipple. The family called Wellington their home. Seen as the baby of the family by his three older sisters, Paul was known for being ornery and looking to get away with things that his older sisters often got in trouble for doing. As a youth, he developed a love for taking things apart to see how they worked, and explored the creek near their home. These expeditions gave him a passion for nature that he carried throughout his life. In 1981, he graduated from Wellington High School. Paul continued his education at Wichita Automotive and Electronics Institute. He then started work with the Kansas Department of Transportation.
While living in Wellington, Paul met his wife Shannon (Little) Whipple. The two had grown up knowing each other, but it wasn’t until later in their adult lives that they fell in love. After graciously helping her move, Paul was paid with leftover pizza from her job at a local pizza parlor. He soon started returning to the house for pizza and to read her children bedtime stories. After several months of dating, they were married August 21, 1992. Together, they enjoyed 25 years of marriage. Paul adopted Shannon’s children, Katie and Kevin, in their tenth year of matrimony.
Paul moved his family from Wellington to Beloit in April of 1994, when he accepted a job as KDOT supervisor. He enjoyed his job, but most importantly he enjoyed the men that he worked with every day. Paul was a proud KDOT employee for 35 years.
Paul’s main hobby was the outdoors. His love for nature was strong, and he was an avid waterfowl hunter. He spent many cold mornings in a self-built duck blind, watching sunrises and calling in ducks and geese. His closest hunting buddies and family will tell you that Paul made many wonderful breakfasts while in that very blind. During the summer, he spent many evenings at the river or lake catching fish.
Around the family home, he loved to be taking care of his yard, maintaining his pool for his friends and family to enjoy, whistling quail calls to say hi to his neighbor, or relaxing on the deck listening to classic rock music. It was during his time on the deck that he liked to watch and protect his purple martins from the sparrows with his BB gun. If not found outside, he might have been inside working on a home improvement project that his wife may or may not have known he was planning to start.
Paul’s family was deeply important to him. He enjoyed cooking tostadas for them or grilling hamburgers on a whim. M&M’s were always stocked for frequent visits by “his girls”. He was willing to read any stories to his granddaughters, and take part in any game they requested him to play. Paul was known to drop whatever he was doing to eat lunch on a Friday after library with them. If family or friends needed help, he would be there without hesitation. Playing Bingo and going to casinos were activities he enjoyed with his wife. He had recently discovered he liked traveling to Colorado to enjoy the scenery and gambling.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Monte and Sibyl (Dwyer) Whipple. Survivors include his wife, Shannon; sisters, Debbie Jackson and husband Bob (Wichita), Janet Craig and husband Terry (Wichita), and Deane Reyes and husband Tony (Wellington); children, Brandy Lyne and husband, Steve (Minnesota), Christopher Whipple (Minnesota), Katie Cox and husband, Brandon (Beloit), Kevin Whipple (Beloit); Grandchildren Alex, Blake, Natalie, Chase, Trevor, and Grayson (Minnesota) and Kendall and Brenna (Beloit); and many nieces, nephews, and special friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Solomon Valley Hospice or the Children’s Department of the Port Library. Celebration of life will beFebruary 17th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Down Under 121 W Court Beloit, KS 67420.
Condolences may be left at: www.robertsfamilyfs.com