Paul Bengtson, Feb. 28, 1927 – July 30, 2018 was born in McPherson, to David and Edith Bengtson, the sixth of seven children. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Joyce Bengtson of Gilbert, Arizona, children, Brenda Bengtson (and Jesse Overmann) of Hamilton, Virginia, John Bengtson of Gilbert, Arizona, and Andrew Bengtson (and Jeanie Tietjen) and granddaughter Ella Bengtson of Medford, Maryland.
He is also survived by sisters Margaret Simmons and Joan Nutter, both of Wichita and numerous nieces and nephews. He graduated from McPherson HS and served in the Army Air Corps in Germany in 1945.
After returning, he earned a teaching degree (on the GI Bill) from Emporia State College and later a second degree, in Civil Engineering, from Kansas University. Paul’s career in Civil Engineering spanned 41 years, taking him from Kansas to Virginia, where he started his own firm in 1974, Bengtson, DeBell, Elkin and Titus. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, serving as Virginia Section president in 1985, and also served on the Boards of Directors of Inova Loudoun Hospital and Loudoun Water for many years. He and Joyce retired to Arizona in 2003.
Paul was known for his love of faith, family and friendships. He belonged to Leesburg Presbyterian Church, VA for 38 years, and most recently Gilbert Presbyterian Church, Arizona and was a lay minister at an independent living center in Mesa, Arizona. He shared his Swedish heritage by making traditional Swedish foods at Christmas, and was an avid gardener and woodworker. He was a passionate fan of KU basketball and St. Louis Cardinals baseball. His love of travel took him across the United States and several continents, highlighted by a glider ride over the ancestral farm in Sweden.
Paul loved sunbathing and riding the waves at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and sailing the Chesapeake Bay aboard his boat, the Jayhawk. Most recently he enjoyed spending time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, especially eating ice cream at Frosty Scoops with his granddaughter.
He valued his years of sobriety and shared that gift with others. He touched many lives with his integrity, intelligence, humility and joy, and will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or the Kansas University School of Engineering.