Paul Anderson Ice was born Oct. 6, 1944, at their family home near Tyrone, Mo. He passed away April 11, 2012, at his home in the loving presence of his family.
He was afflicted with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, which increasingly limited his mobility since 1995.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harlin and Irene (Smith) Ice.
He is survived by his wife, Reta (Daniel) Ice; son, Darren and his wife, Renee; son, Travis and his wife, Christel; three granddaughters, Racheal, Abby, and Olivia; sister Iona and her husband, Jerry Jenkins; nephew, Brian Jenkins and his wife, Dee; niece, Jana (Jenkins) and her husband Jake Linder, and their kids Chase, Tyler, and Preston Linder; nephew. Tim Jenkins and his wife. Diane; uncle. Robert Smith and his wife. Mary; Uncle Ernest and his wife, Virginia; and many cousins, neighbors, and friends.
Paul attended Grandview School, graduated from Houston High School in 1961 and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1965 with a degree in soil and water conservation. He greatly valued his education and all of those friendships he made during those years, keeping in touch with them many years later.
Paul grew up on the family farm, helping milk cows since he was old enough to lift a bucket. He continued milking throughout the rest of his life until his disability forced him to stop in 1995. He was the first to milk a registered herd after returning to the farm following college. Paul always took great care of the farm, the animals and all those who worked on the farm with him. He treated hired hands and hay crews as if they were family. He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren show animals at the fair each year. Even after his disability prevented him from working and Darren started taking care of the farm, he still stayed involved in the farm as best he could. He would always keep informed of what was happening on the farm and delivered food and parts to the hayfield. Even amid the hardships of farming and disability Paul always truly enjoyed life and found beauty and joy in all the things around him.
Paul was an active member of the community throughout his life. He was a member of the Young Farmers of America, Citizens for Education, University of Missouri Extension Council Vice President, Ozark Cemetery Board President, Texas County Fair Board President and many other school and community activities. Paul also served 14 years as an officer in the HHS Alumni Association. His key contributions serving in the Alumni Association are recognizing groups each year at homecoming, organizing the annual Alumni Association Scholarship Music Gala, and maintaining club histories.
In addition to farming, Paul enjoyed gardening, photography, swimming, music, scrapbooking, puzzles, genealogy, restoring antique furniture, movies, Olympic sports and writing cards and letters to friends and family. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and other kids that he and Reta often babysat. Despite his physical limitations later in life, Paul always had an upbeat spirit and warm heart. While his body weakened, his compassion grew stronger as he spent every opportunity to share his life and his love with those around him. He will always be fondly remembered and admired by those who knew him.
Services were 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Ozark Baptist Church with the Rev. John Wisdom and the Rev. Kendall Ford officiating. Pallbearers were Roger Holder, Doug Miller, Roy Monroe, Scott Rust, Mike Hock, Gary Eaker, Cory Scheets and Travis Campbell. Honorary Pallbearers were George Ice, Kenneth Gibson, Jerry Rupe, Craig Keefer, Tim Jenkins, Brian Jenkins and Jake Linder. Burial was in Ozark Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.
The family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Houston Alumni Scholarship Fund, in his honor, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.evansfh.com.