Burton-Washburn Genealogy

Paul David MINER

Male 1945 - 2022  (77 years)

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  • Name Paul David MINER 
    Born 22 Jun 1945  Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Jul 2022  Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I562  Washburn & allied families
    Last Modified 9 Jul 2022 

    Father Loring “Pill” Vinton MINER, Jr.,   b. 13 Apr 1911, Santa Fe, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1978, Sublette, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Pauline Augusta KERSEY,   b. 22 Feb 1914, Superior, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 2004, Sublette, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 13 Aug 1943  Charleston, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F259  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Last Modified 29 Nov 2023 
    Family ID F261  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • Paul’s phone number in 2022: 620-290-1799


      In 2012, Paul David was living in his childhood home in Sublette, as he had been for at least 10 years. Mailing address is P. O. Box 236, Sublette, KS 67877-0236.

      Paul was married in 1971 to an Iranian woman from Tehran whose name was Puran A., but they divorced after 7 years of marriage. In 1971 Grandmother Kersey wrote me a letter that saying that Paul and Puran were going to Nebraska to visit Puran’s cousin and family who were getting ready to leave Nebraska and move back to Iran. According to a letter from Grandmother Kersey in November 1973, Paul had been teaching school in Brazil for two years at that point in time. Paul also taught English in Venezuela one year in-between teaching stints in Brazil, where he taught himself Portuguese. In a September 1974 letter, Grandmother Kersey wrote that Paul and Puran were going to get an apartment in Wichita. In a Sept 1976 letter, Grandmother Kersey wrote that Paul was teaching in Brownsville, Texas, and that she thought Puran was probably there with him, since she was due to return from a trip to Iran where she was visiting her family. He also lived in Rio, Brazil, in the late 1970s and into 1980, where he worked for a while as a geologist for Baker Tool Company which was involved in off-shore oil exploration.

      He was living in Sublette with his mother, Pauline, at the time of her death in 2004, and he continued to live in the family home there after all the rest of the Miner family was no longer living in Kansas at all, except for his youngest brother, Joe, who, as of 2017, was living in Emporia, Kansas.

      Anne and I visited with Paul at his home in Sublette on July 23, 2017, during part of our Great Road Trip across the western states of America during the month of July.

      We spent about an hour-and-a-half with Paul, standing outside the house [he never invited us in, probably because of the condition on the inside, judging by how run-down Pauline and Pill’s old two-story home [which he now occupies] looks on the outside. But, that was okay. I enjoyed talking with Paul who is now 72 years old. He still looks and talks like a Kansas “redneck” [he always cultivated that personna] and pretty much looks the part too. He probably hadn’t shaved in a week and he has badly stained teeth from smoking and inadequate dental hygiene, teeth that are in bad need of cleaning. He was wearing a ball cap, short-sleeved bright Hawaiian-motif shirt, and blue jeans. Paul is still sharp-witted and well-informed and enjoyed telling us about some of the local history, including some history about the “Patrick home” that our great-grandfather J. D. Garloch built in Haskell County many years ago. Before we left--him knowing that Anne and I had just left visiting at the Finney County History Museum--Paul gave me a photo album that Gerald L. Garloch made for his father, J. D. Garloch, in 1944. It was a Christmas present from Gerald to his dad that year, a photo record of many of the houses that J. D. Garloch had built in Finney and the surrounding counties! A nice thing for Paul to give me, and which I will treasure--and share digitally with the Finney County History Museum--before giving to our son Ben for safekeeping in the old rolltop desk that used to belong to J. D. Garloch, which Ben now has.

      Sherri Farr Miner, Bill’s wife, wrote the following about Paul David on Facebook on July 7, 2022, after his death: “Paul was a private person, set in his ways, and unique, besides brilliant minded. We took a journey along the years of his work, travels, and places he lived. One of his most exciting work was off oil rigs in Africa. When he had worked so many weeks and then had so many weeks off, he would fly into Garden City Airport Kansas, and I would drive to the airport from Sublette Ks. to pick him up. He would throw his duffle bag into the trunk of the car, and climb into the front seat and turn to me and say, "McDonalds!" He would order 8 Big Mac's carefully placed in a paper bag that he would hold on his lap. His hands wrapped around the hot paper bag as if he was holding a little child on his lap, vera protective. "Sherri would you like a Big Mac?" "No Paul, thank you." He would eat two Big Mac's quickly, and save the 6 Big Mac's for later. After he ate the two Big Mac's he would then begin talking to me as he took in the Kansas country side, checking out for any changes that may have happened while he was away. ? When Paul was home for awhile I asked him if he wanted to take a ride to Keith O'Neil's farm, close to Ulysses Ks., I needed to pick up an order of processed chickens, and a turkey, farm fresh eggs. As I filled up the car with Sublette Coop Gas, Paul went in and bought a giant plastic cup of sweet tea. And off we went for a three hour tour, I got lost! All I could see was tall corn stalks, dirt roads, and finally Paul said, "Sherri I am almost finished with my ice tea, I think you are LOST!" I didn't want to spend a night in a corn field because of the movie "Children of the Corn", so we stopped a man and ask "Where are we?" he said, "Where do you want to be?" "At Keith O'Neils Farm" he told Paul how to get there and we found it!!!! When we got back to Sublette, Paul said, "Sherri next time you need to go get something, don't ask me to go!" HA HA HA ? He did go places with me though, he liked exploring the Mexican and Chinese Markets in Garden City with me. He would teach me the printed Mexican words on food items. One thing that Paul and I would do is challenge each other to a Menudo Soup Cooking Challenge and swap our Menudo with each other and say who's we liked the best. I would always say his, and that way he would want to challenge me again, because he would say mine, "I can do better Sherri!" "Okay Paul we will have another Menudo Soup Challenge!" The day we moved to Florida and drove away from Sublette Ks., I gave him a big hug and told him how much we loved him, was one of the hardest moments in my life. I invited him to Florida many times, even offered to buy him a ticket, but he would say, "Gomez the neighbors dog needs me." He loved his neighbors next to the old Miner home. I know Paul is home in heaven, and ruffling up some past memories and will be checking in on me and saying, "@#%$ Sherri, you got a Jeopardy question correct!" I will smile ? He will be closer to us now then he was in Sublette Ks. Heaven is where it shines in your heart ? Always in our hearts with love and sunshine Paul ? Love You”
      On July 8, 2022, Sherri added the following info on Facebook about Paul:
      “Paul mainly was a Teacher in Brazil, Miami Fl., Tenn., Texas, Mexico. He was fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.”

      Paul David’s grave is in Haskell County Cemetery in Sublette, Kansas.
      Paul’s obit:

      Obituary for Paul David Miner
      Paul David Miner, 77, died at his home in Sublette on July 6, 2022. The first-born child of Loring “Pill” Miner and Pauline Kersey Miner, Paul was born in Garden City, Kansas on June 22, 1945 while his father was overseas serving in the U.S. Army.

      Paul lived in Sublette from infancy until high school graduation in 1963. Several classmates mentioned that Paul’s tutoring, especially algebra, was key to their graduation. He attended Stanford University immediately after high school, but transferred closer to home, graduating from Emporia State Teachers College. Although Paul spent his early and later years in Sublette, he lived and worked many places around the globe as science teacher and oil company chemist. He spoke Spanish and Portuguese. He made his home in many countries and states, including, Venezuela, Mexico, Africa, and Brazil, as well as, Kansas, Florida, Texas, and Tennessee. Paul's favorite job may have been making presentations in schools as an atomic energy employee. He also operated an air filter renewal business in Seneca, Kansas for several years, and was employed during his college-age years as a highway engineer, house painter and Bible salesman. Paul was married once, with divorce after 5 years.

      Paul had a lifelong curiosity and was a voracious reader; it sometimes seemed that whatever the topic, he remembered everything he read or heard. He watched Jeopardy every day and would have been a great contestant! Until recent years, Paul gardened rosebushes for his mother to enjoy and a variety of vegetables which he enjoyed sharing with neighbors. A fan of nearly all sports, especially baseball, Paul was an assistant football coach at several high schools where he taught. Paul was not a regular churchgoer but was a member of the United Methodist Church and especially enjoyed the fellowship of working with the Methodist Men preparing the annual Groundhog Supper. He also had read the Bible along with other sacred texts and could reference them with ease. Beneath a somewhat gruff exterior was a kind and giving heart. Paul was especially appalled by the poverty in Brazil and after returning to the states, he continued sending clothing and other goods to orphanages in Brazil.

      Paul is survived by his brothers, Oliver “Bill” and his wife, Sherri, of Longwood, FL, and Joe and his wife, Terri, of Emporia, KS; a sister, Mary Miner Embree of Reno, NV; five nieces, two nephews, and numerous great nieces and great nephews.

      He is preceded in death by his father in 1978 and mother in 2004.

      Cremation was entrusted to Weeks Family Funeral Home and Crematory. A graveside service will be held at a later date and the family requests no flowers.

      Memorial contributions may be made payable to the Sublette United Methodist Church, Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of America, Alcoholics Anonymous, Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF or other children’s’ relief, in care of Weeks Family Funeral Home & Crematory, PO Box 1200, Sublette, KS 67877. Condolences may be shared on WeeksFamilyFuneralHome.com.

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