Oct 26,1948---Jul 16,2021

Paul Clatterbuck passed away on July 16, 2021. He was born October 26, 1948, the only son of Paul and Flora Clatterbuck. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 51 years, Linda, and two devoted sons, David and Chris.

Paul lived his entire life in Prairie Village, except to attend General Motors Institute and to get a master’s degree from Purdue University where he was a Krannert Scholar.

Paul worked for 40 years at the General Motors Fairfax Plant in a range of engineering and management positions, including as project manager for the construction of the new assembly plant.

Paul loved the outdoors. Paul’s boots took him to many national parks, and he particularly appreciated the quiet of alpine lakes. He started taking his sons on hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park and later enjoyed camping and backpacking with them on Boy Scout trips. He was active with Troop 91 including serving as a scoutmaster.Paul was a member of the Possum Trot Orienteering Club for several decades. He liked to run through bramble, fields, and forests in search of the next checkpoint. His career culminated with a gold medal at the 2019 US Nationals for his age group. Paul enjoyed maps and created detailed topographic maps for several local parks.

After retirement, Paul and Linda had time to explore Europe, Canada, and Alaska, as well as continuing the annual family trips to Estes Park, a 45-year tradition. Retirement also provided the opportunity for him to be generous with his time and energy, always willing to help friends and family in their times of need.

A visitation will be held Thursday July 22 from 5pm to 7pm with a celebration of life starting at 7pm, at the Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia in Lenexa, KS

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider donating in his name to the Rocky Mountain Conservancy - https://rmconservancy.org/ - or to the charity of your choice.



Condolences

David Vermillion Jul 19 ,2021

Worked for Paul in the Engineering Group ,The Villages ,Florida

So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Paul was a terrific person to work for, firm but fair. More so he was an outstanding individual. I was able to talk to Paul for a while at Pat Scroggins service. He looked very happy and in a good place. Dave and Vicki Vermillion

Tim Crough Jul 19 ,2021

Friend of Linda ,Lenexa ,Kansas

What an inspiring message Paul was able to live out. Get out in nature, explore and make the most of life with those you love! I wish I had been more intentional about learning from and getting to know Paul better. Linda, my heart broke for you when I heard the news. My sincere condolences go out to you, David and Chris. You all will certainly reside in my prayers as you navigate this difficult time. Thank you for being a good friend to my mother. May you feel much grace, love and support moving forward. Please take heart. - John 16:33.

Casey & Barb Cassias Jul 19 ,2021

Friend, Scouts ,Mission ,Kansas

Linda, David & Chris, Our sincere condolences. I always held Paul in the highest esteem and felt very fortunate our paths crossed. He was a man of integrity, humility and commitment. He embodied everything that was good about Troop 91 and Scouting. He truly wanted to help each Scout reach their fullest potential and he set the bar exceptionally high for all of the rest of the adult leaders/volunteers; myself included. When I found myself following him as Scoutmaster I always asked myself, “what would Paul do, how would he handle this?”. He was always there to offer his wisdom, thoughtful advice and endless skills. He truly impacted hundreds of young men in Scouting through his thoughtful teaching, mentoring and the example he set through his actions. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Peace.

Dean Hall Jul 20 ,2021

Fellow member of Possum Trot OC ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Paul's efforts creating maps, scheduling and hosting orienteering events created enjoyment and countless memories for hundreds of people in the KC area over the years. Paul showed me ways to improve in the sport of orienteering and we spent time together traveling to away meets. I remember Paul for his kindness, sportsmanship and generosity with his time.

Bill and Paula Hankins Jul 20 ,2021

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Linda, Paula and I were saddened to read about Paul's passing. Our condolences go out to you and your family. We have reflected on the many wonderful times we had when we all attended Cherokee Christian Church, the parties, float trips and, of course, our Sunday School class led by Bill Hickok. Sincerely, Bill and Paula

Ken Werne Jul 20 ,2021

Former professional colleague of Linda ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Linda, With sympathy...you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Ken

Sharon Crawford Jul 21 ,2021

Orienteering friend ,Frisco ,Colorado

I met Paul through orienteering. He was a very enthusiastic orienteer, and a very good one, too. It was always so fun to talk with him after running a course, and to compare route choices. He was a very clever navigator, as well as an excellent map reader. I will really miss seeing him at national orienteering events, as well as at the annual Possum Trot weekend, where he as an organizer would usually put out the control flags or pre-run the course, to make sure everything was in place for the rest of us. Paul, I will really miss you. You were a wonderful person, and I was blessed to know you. - Sharon Crawford Frisco, Colorado

Cary & Cindy Kramer Jul 21 ,2021

Fraternity Brother ,Edmond ,Oklahoma

Paul was a great Big Brother for me at SAE. Without his encouragement, support, and guidance I may not have made it through GMI. I remember the good times~poker parties, fraternity events, etc. Paul will be forever remembered in my heart as a caring & intelligent individual, and most of all a great friend. As suggested we are making a contribution to the Rocky Mountain Conservancy in Paul's honor, as we are also lovers of Colorado and the National Park. Sincerely, Cary & Cindy Kramer

Gary Clatterbuck Jul 21 ,2021

Cousin ,Grover Beach ,California

I remember the summer Paul Jr spent with our family on Oregon. Was helpful to him after the passing of his dad. He visited my dad in Stockton.

Gene Wee Jul 21 ,2021

friend ,Lawrence ,Kansas

My condolences to Linda, David and Chris. I treasure my serious orienteering friends - those who find every opportunity to run in the woods, but also volunteer to organize events, set courses and make maps. Paul was one of those who did it all. I'll miss our competitions at races since we were so close in speed. Make enough mistakes and I'd be thinking oh-oh, Paul's got me today. Thanks for all the O-good times.

Bill and Sharon Yohn Jul 22 ,2021

Friends from Cherokee Christian Church ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Linda, David and Chris: We have known you guys ever since David and Chris were in Cherokee Pre-school and Sunday school. We had great times in our social group and we always admired Paul's skills in hiking and scouting. We are saddened to hear of his passing way too soon. We will see you tonite. Love, Sharon and Bill

Edys Cacy Jul 23 ,2021

friend and former colleague of Linda ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

Thinking of you with sadness today, We enjoyed meeting Paul at library functions and it was a great pleasure to work with Linda for many years at the library. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Linda Coonley Jul 26 ,2021

Former colleague of Linda ,Colorado Springs ,Colorado

Sending caring thoughts

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia Street
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Jul 22 ,2021
Time:
5:00 PM
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Event:
Celebration of Life
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia Street
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
Jul 22 ,2021
Time:
7:00 PM
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