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Paul Edward Temming

d. September 3, 2019

Humboldt – Paul Edward Temming, 80, passed away September 3, 2019 at Salem Home in Hillsboro.  He was born May 19, 1939 in Humboldt to Francis and Rita (Ludecke) Temming.  He was an Industrial Arts School Teacher.  Survivors include: sons, Chris (Deena) Temming of Topeka, Jeff Temming of Goddard; daughter, Sharon (Ed) Clayton of Rolla, Missouri; sister, Mary Franes White; 10 grandchildren and 2 great – grandchildren.  Rosary 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 6, 2019 with Funeral Mass to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Humboldt.  Interment at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Humboldt.  Memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063.  Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com 

Life Sketch Taken from the Funeral Bulletin

Paul Edward Temming was born May 19, 1939 in Humboldt, Kansas to Francis and Rita (Ludecke) Temming. Paul’s enjoyment with handiwork and challenges started at a young age. As a child, he spent time on the family farm and liked working with animals and plants. Along with these activities, Paul loved woodworking and was actively involved in 4H. During this time, Paul was announced the State 4H Woodworking Champion in 1958. As his life continued, he grew even more skilled at each of these activities.

Paul attended Pittsburg State where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Industrial Woodworking Education.  With his education, Paul decided to teach in the Wichita Public School System. He did so proudly and remained in this school system throughout all of his teaching career. He also started Dad’s Toy Shop. He created wood cars, trucks, and wood name plates to be sold at craft shows. While his sons were busy selling his wooden creations, he especially enjoyed cutting wood names on the jigsaw for customers as they watched!

The passions he developed early on in his life continued into the years he became a father and grandfather. This was seen in how he continued in his handiwork and love for providing for others throughout this time. Paul always enjoyed designing and making wood toys for his sons and daughter. He was also famous for hiding change in bags of sawdust for his children to search through on holidays. With his grandchildren, he was especially known for his delicious homemade treats he made during Christmas time. His grandchildren always adored his popcorn sleighs and other candy creations. He also enjoyed showing them the work he had done with his garden, honey bees, and woodworking.

Paul loved a good challenge with problem solving involved and had a desire to provide for others. Along with everything else, he enjoyed working with honey bees and learning how to care for them. He also enjoyed garden work and would donate food he had grown to the food bank. He had a genuine desire to take care of others to the best of his ability and always wanted to use his skills to do so.

Paul loved spending time and celebrating with his family as well. He always had something to show everyone or interesting facts to share. He especially loved Fourth of July and Christmas with his family. He always set up his train set and had presents hidden in his tree for his grandchildren. How Paul cared for those in his life and his unique qualities made him special to everyone in their own ways. 

Paul was loved and will be dearly missed. He is survived by his sons, Chris (Deena) Temming of Topeka, and Jeff Temming of Goddard; daughter Sharon (Ed) Clayton of Rolla, Missouri; ten grandchildren including Kailey, Claire, Carly, Jake, Tyler, Jessica, Logan, Emily, Ashlynn, and Kylie, and two great grandchildren Kinley and Oliver; and his older sister Mary Frances White.

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4 thoughts on “Paul Edward Temming

  1. Chris, Deena, and family…

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know you are all in my prayers. May the love of God bring you peace during this very difficult time.

    Meredith Preisner

  2. Our heart felt condolences and thoughts and prayers for this irreparable loss.May the alrighty God to give you strength and courage to go through this difficult situation. May his lovable soul rest in eternal peace.
    From RamaViswanathan and Vish.

  3. Sharon, Jeff, Chris and family members….I am so sorry for the loss of your Father. I enjoyed reading the beautiful tribute to him. I haven’t seen him since I was a child, but I remember his passion for wood-working. Thinking of all of you during this time.

    Curtis and Neva (Leis) Newton

  4. To the Temming family,
    I am sorry for your loss. The tribute to your father was beautifully written. Praying for peace and comfort as you go through this difficult time.
    Terrence and Tina Thomas

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