Paul James Wiens

Paul James Wiens

January 30, 1934 - August 25, 2023

Paul James Wiens 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 25, 2023 in Topeka, KS. 

Paul was born on January 30, 1934 in Inman, KS, the son of Daniel and Katie (Heidebrecht) Wiens.  He graduated from Inman Rural High School in 1952 and Wichita University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business in 1959.  Paul met the love of his life in Inman Grade School and was united in marriage on May 22nd 1953 to Darlene Jane Siemens at the Buhler Mennonite Brethren Church in Buhler, KS.  This marriage was blessed with two children, Gregory Paul and Emery Fulton.

Paul was born and raised on a farm and excelled in high school athletics, participating in football, basketball, and track.  After high school, he served with the Jewish Consumptive Relief Society in Denver, CO for two years, returning to Kansas to attend Wichita University.  After earning his business degree, he worked at Hesston Corporation, Excel Industries, and Tabor College.  He was also an entrepreneur, which took him to Fort Worth, TX and eventually to Topeka, KS. Paul’s last and most rewarding job was financial counseling, where he was able to share his faith as he worked.

Paul was community minded and  committed to his Christian faith.  He served as chairman of the Hillsboro Hospital Board, as a Cub Scout Master, and was involved in many other committees.  He was active in his church, serving as a trustee, treasurer, youth group leader, and baritone in church choir.

Paul delighted in many years of productive gardens and enjoyed recreational fishing and boating with his family.  Even when dealing with debilitating arthritis, one of Paul’s  greatest joys was playing with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his loving wife of 70 years, Darlene of Topeka, KS; two children Gregory (Heidi) of Olathe, KS; and Emery (Donna) of Topeka, KS.  Grandchildren are Amber (Anthony) Monson, Andrew (Kelsey) Wiens, Aaron Wiens, Nathan (Jena) Wiens, and Caleb (Kara) Wiens.  Great grandchildren are Kaydence, Collyns, Kyleigh and Crew Monson; Zoe Camden and Wesley Wiens; and Finn and Leo Wiens.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Florence, and his brother Walter.

Family was always important to Paul and he lived a rich and full life.  He will be dearly missed.

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