William Paul McGuire, son of William Curtis and Joyce Mizer McGuire, was born December 30, 1939, near Decaturville, Missouri. He departed this life Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Cox Medical Center South, in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of seventy-seven years, two months, and fifteen days.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, William Douglas McGuire; and a sister, Betty Morrison.
Paul is survived by a daughter, Paula Archer, and her husband, David, of Lebanon, Missouri; a son, Todd McGuire, and his wife, Deborah, of Louisburg, Kansas; a daughter-in-law, Susie McGuire, of Lebanon, Missouri; six grandchildren, Phillip, Joshua, and Isaac Archer, Carlee and Conner McGuire, and Summer Seeley, and her husband, Huey; three sisters, Lois Knapp, and her husband, Bob, Crystal Fisher, and her husband, Joe, all of Lebanon, Missouri, and Louise Brown, of Colona, Illinois; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
He was raised in the Eldridge community and lived in Iowa for a few years before returning to Missouri. He owned and operated a small farm near Lebanon, where he made his home for many years. He worked for Mid-America Dairy for a number of years until retiring. He then worked as a custodian for Maplecrest Elementary School, and later was a canoe bus driver in the Bennett Spring area.
Paul had professed his faith in Christ and enjoyed attending Phillipsburg Christian Church.
In his spare time he enjoyed fishing at Bennett Spring and the Lake of the Ozarks. He also liked gambling at casinos. He was a devoted family man and greatly enjoyed following his grandchildren in their sporting events and activities. He centered his life around his family and loved them all dearly.
Paul was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and was a caring neighbor and friend. We celebrate his life and know that his family and friends will treasure the wonderful memories he made for them during his lifetime.