Paul G. Korb passed away Thursday, January 13, 2022.
Paul was a lot. One of a kind, funny, smart, witty, acerbic, and delightfully (eh, most some of the time) unfiltered, Paul made a lasting impression and has left a chasm of grief in the hearts of those who knew and loved him best.
He is survived by his love, best friend, and wife of more than 50 years, Cheryl. Over the course of their marriage they traveled the country on their motorcycle, built two houses, enjoyed going to the movies, and eating at his favorite restaurants- Perkins and J. Alexanders. Paul loved his wife fiercely- and she him- through all the highs and lows of marriage. They could bicker with the best of them and drove each other nuts, but they also laughed a lot and each was the other’s anchor.
Together they had one daughter, Kellie. She inherited his beautiful blue eyes, his big heart, and took copious mental notes on the art of swearing and witty repartee. Paul taught Fats (only her Daddy calls her that) to fish, began driving lessons around the age of 5, rode roller coasters, and spent countless weekends cheering for her at softball games while simultaneously and hilariously roasting the umpires.
One of his most beloved roles was that of Grandad to Jackson Paul, Samantha, and Xavier. He loved playing with them, teasing them, and spoiling them rotten. The kids spent a lot of time with their grandparents, loved going to their house, and on their days off school they would go to lunch and the movies, and spend the night at Nana and Grandad’s. Paul’s love and devotion to Jack, Sammy, and Xavier Wilson (only Grandad and Nana call him that) was tangible and beautiful.
Outside of his family Paul was a true American hero and served two tours in the Vietnam War. He was awarded numerous medals and honors including three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, two Silver Stars, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Paul was a dedicated employee and leader at United Parcel Service (UPS). He retired at the age of 50 after three decades with the company. He suffered no fools and his take-no-s**t reputation remained the stuff of legend for years after his retirement.
During his retirement Paul enjoyed deep sea fishing at Cape Hatteras and the Florida Keys, riding his motorcycle, washing and waxing his cars, meticulously caring for his Honda Gold Wing (his grudge against gravel roads will stand long into the afterlife), and acquiring large pieces of lawn care machinery, much to the ire of the resident blue jays.
In addition to his wife, daughter, and grandchildren, Paul is survived by his son-in-law, Donald; brothers Gene (Kay) and Gayle (Nancy), sister-in-law Charlene (Lonnie), brother-in-law, Gary (Judy), numerous nieces and nephews, many Kramer cousins, and numerous friends, including the members of the Honda Gold Wing Riders of America Kansas Chapter B.
He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Eunice Korb; beloved in-laws, Charles and Reba Kramer, and sister Jennifer Motzkus.
Paul laughed hard and loved big. In honor of him, Cheri and Kellie encourage you to laugh at a NSFW joke, sing an inappropriate limerick, or think of intricate and creative ways to good naturedly flip someone the bird.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in his name to Disabled American Veterans.
We will celebrate his life January 20, 2022 with a visitation offered at 1;00 pm, and memorial service at 2:00pm at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, 14275 S Black Bob Road, Olathe, KS.