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Benjamin Paul (B. Paul) Roper, Sr. passed away December 21, 2021 at St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife and son at his side.
Paul was born January 7, 1935 outside of Nevada, Missouri to Horace (H.B.) and Ethel A. (Stout) Roper. He graduated from Nevada High School in 1953 and went on to Central Missouri State University. He met his wife Mary there, and they married after finishing their junior year. Paul graduated in May 1957 with a bachelors degree in business.
After working at Panhandle Eastern for 2 years, he applied for a job with the IRS in the audit division. He retired from the Criminal Investigation Division of IRS in 1989.
Paul and his parents moved to Texas shortly after he was born, and Paul spent several years there, returning to Missouri after World War II. They lived in many places during their time in Texas, one of them being the Pitchfork Ranch where Pauls father was a cook when Paul was young. Family members knew they were in for a good story about Pauls childhood memories of a favorite cousin when Paul started with, "Me and John Neal" Paul and John Neal would stray miles from home on adjacent, open ranchland after theyd completed their chores and would have many great adventures.
Paul was an ethical and honest man and passed his values on to his children. He had a positive influence on many other people with whom he came in contact.
Paul is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary; children, Benjamin P. Roper, Jr., and Theresa (Art) Lansdon; grandchildren, Patrick (Lisa) Lansdon, Ryan Lansdon, and Kathleen Lansdon; and great-granddaughter, Amelia Lansdon.
A celebration of Pauls life will be held in late spring/early summer.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Salvation Army, Alzheimers Association, or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Skradski Funeral Home, 340 N. 6th St., Kansas City, KS.
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