Paul Samuel Pope was born December 11, 1941 in Mason City, Iowa. He was the son of Russell and Alice (Sears) Pope. Paul graduated from Jefferson High School in 1960. He served in the Iowa National Guard for 23 years. He worked for Franklin Manufacturing (AKA: WCI, Electrolux, Frigidaire) for 43 years. He then started a safety consulting firm, PK Pope and Associates.
Paul met his wife, Karen Springer, in 1960. They were married for 51 years. They raised three daughters in Jefferson and were blessed with seven grandchildren whom Paul cherished enormously!
Paul was passionate about his family, his faith in God, golf and camping with family and friends. He never missed an Iowa State Fair or a grandkid’s activity. One of Paul’s special gifts was his kindness and ability to make friends with all he met.
Following a short battle with lung cancer, Paul passed away peacefully October 8, 2018 at Greene County Medical Center, surrounded by his adoring family. He was 76 years of age.
Paul is survived by his wife, Karen Pope; daughters: Alisa (Scott) Glienke, Dawn (Chad) Taute and Miranda (Mark) Paup; seven grandchildren: Jordyn and Camryn Glienke, Madisyn and Mylo Taute, Darion (Olivia), Tristyn and Corbyn Paup; brothers, Wayne (June) Pope and Harold (Joan) Pope; sister, Mary Ann (John) Freeman; many nieces and nephews; in-laws: Jay Springer, Jim (Cathy) Springer, Ted (Mary Jo) Springer and Kay Moranville; and grand-puppies: Coby, Ruby, Cooper and Bohdi.
Paul was greeted in heaven by his granddaughter, Murphy Taute; his parents, Russell and Alice Pope; and sisters, Rosalie Goff and Lois Pope. Also preceding him in death were his parents-in-laws: Hap and Ruby Springer, and a nephew, Steven Moranville.
A Celebration of Life was held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 12 at The Dwelling Place in Jefferson officiated by Rev. Rod Block. Casket bearers were Scott Glienke, Chad Taute, Mark Paup, Darion Paup, Mylo Taute and Steve Pope. Honorary casket bearers were Jordyn Glienke, Madisyn Taute, Camryn Glienke, Tristyn Paup and Corbyn Paup. “The Old Rugged Cross” and “I Can Only Imagine” were sung by The Dwelling Place Worship Team. Interment was at the Jefferson Cemetery with military rites by Iowa Army National Guard Honor Guard.
Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home.