OBITUARY: Paul Arthur Boese

Paul Arthur Boese, 64, died Jan. 2, 2024, at Hospice House in Olathe.

In the final month of a year-long battle with cancer, Paul spent two weeks at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City and two weeks at the Hospice House. The nurses and doctors all said he had more visitors than anyone! There was a lot of love shared in those four weeks by so many people. Paul fought a great fight against the odds and never gave up. He was born on Dec. 19, 1959, in El Dorado to Paul Allen and Norma (Smith) Boese.

Paul loved working at his parents’ Dairy Queen in Newton. Paul graduated from Newton High School in 1978. Paul loved sports and lettered in cross country, track and basketball. He attended Coffeyville Community College on a track scholarship, Central Missouri State University and was a graduate of Emporia State University.

After college, Paul worked as a sales representative for No Nonsense Pantyhose and at the Papermate division for the Gillette Company and was a pharmaceutical representative for Lederle Pharmaceutical Company. He spent the past 28 and one-half years at Batliner Recycling in Kansas City, Missouri, as sales manager, handling major plant accounts and working with a great group of people whom he loved.

Paul was a loyal Kansas City Chiefs fan and season-ticket holder since 1989. He enjoyed tailgates and had an annual tradition of hosting “Merry Christmas Martini” parties at the final December Chiefs tailgate. He did this for over 20 years. Paul also was a loyal Kansas City Royals fan. He also enjoyed attending concerts throughout his life. Some of his favorite concerts were REO Speedwagon and Kenny Chesney. Paul loved taking his friends, family and close fraternity brothers to concerts.

Paul is survived by his brother, Jody Boese (Flo Rutherford) of Medway, Mass.; niece, Kira Rutherford-Boese (Derrick Xu) of Medway Mass.; stepsisters, Pat (Chuck) Friesen of Lincoln, Neb., Elaine Mueller of Hayesville, N.C., and Joan (Bruce) Reed of Georgetown, Texas; stepbrother, Jim (Melanie) Mueller of Halstead; nephews, Geoff (Tisha) Friesen of Lincoln, Neb., and Steve (Chiho) Friesen of Lincoln Neb.; nieces, Becky Mueller of Pflugerville, Texas, Kelly Jo Reed (Corinne Jager) of Boston and Jacqueline Reed of Austin, Texas, as well as numerous cousins, nephews and nieces on the Boese side; and Paul’s Godson, Avery Anderson of Newton and goddaughter, Kaylee Anderson of Frisco, Texas.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Ruth (Mueller) Boese; brother, David; niece, Nancy Mueller; and six uncles and three aunts on the Boese side.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at First Presbyterian Church in Newton, with the Rev. Scott McGinnis and Pastor Mitch Boese officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. There will be a Celebration of Life after the burial. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Petersen Funeral Home.

Memorials in Paul’s memory may be made to Cheyenne Village of Colorado Springs and left in care of Petersen Funeral Home.


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