He was born Feb. 10, 1928, in St. Paul to Francis Alonzo and Blanda Katherine (Kime) Lynch. He grew up and attended schools in St. Paul.
For a time, he worked for the M-K-T Railroad. In 1946, he entered the U.S. Navy and served until 1948. Upon his discharge, he worked at Armstrong Ice Cream in Wichita, as a farm laborer at Peck and in the oil fields at El Dorado. In 1959, he returned to St. Paul, where he worked as a carpenter for LaForge and Budd Construction and also Beachner Construction until retiring at the age of 70.
He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church. He enjoyed fishing, hosting fish fries, hunting, traveling and gardening. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Paul never met a stranger and was honored to have his name on the Lake McKinley Bridge.
He married Esther Mae Hare on March 18, 1950, in Wichita. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include four sons, Robert “Lonnie” Lynch of Atlanta, Texas, and Paul “Frank” Lynch Jr., Patrick Lynch and John W. Lynch, all of Parsons; three daughters, Rebecca “Becky” Jewett of LeRoy and Susan Lynch and Cassandra “Cassie” Lynch, both of Parsons; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; 16 stepgreat-grandchildren; and two sisters, Joan Sutherland and Katherine Lynch of Wichita.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Monday at the church, where the family will receive friends immediately following the rosary.
Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association and may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.