Paul C. Buckner, 93 of Baxter Springs, Kan. passed from this life on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Landmark Hospital, Joplin, Mo.

Paul was born on September 5, 1924 in Cauthron, Ark. to the union of James C. and Lexie E. (Young) Buckner. Paul and his family moved to Baxter Springs when he was four years old. Paul attended Baxter Springs Schools and in 1942 joined the United States Marine core, just short of one semester from graduating high school. He served in the South Pacific until January of 1945. When Paul returned home he was united in marriage to Evelyn (Robinson) Buckner on May 19, 1945 at the Parsonage of the First Baptist Church, Baxter Springs, Kan.

Paul worked as a rural mail carrier retiring in 1972 after 29 years of service. Since Paul had enlisted in the Marine Core and missed graduation, he was later honored and received his high school diploma in 2003. He was dedicated to the Baxter Springs Fire Department, where he served for 65 years as a volunteer. Paul enjoyed fishing and was known to be a handy man that could fix anything.

Paul is survived by his wife of 72 years, Evelyn Buckner of the home; sister, Wanda Messer of Broken Arrow, Okla.; brother, David Buckner and wife Betty of Joplin, Mo.; along with many nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, and four brothers, Wayne, Hershel, Donald, and Billy Buckner.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel. Pastor Shane Dotson will officiate. Burial with Military honors will follow in the Baxter Springs Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m., Friday, January 5, 2018 at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel. Pallbearers for the service are, Randy Buckner, Tom Buckner, Wesley Robinson, Terry Cole, Mark Cole, and Steve Cole; Honorary pallbearers are the Baxter Springs Fire Department. Memorial donations in Paul’s memory may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.