Rolland “Pig” Frank Paul
Tue, 05/09/2023 - 3:42pm admin
Rolland “Pig” Frank Paul was born December 11, 1932, in Perry, Iowa, to Glenn S. and Thelma Irene (Burkett) Paul. He departed this life on May 5, 2023, at Willow Care Nursing Home in Willow Springs, Missouri.
Pig was raised on the family farm in Dallas County, Iowa. He completed the first eight grades in the country school. In Iowa there was a country school every two miles. He graduated from Granger High School where he met his high school sweetheart, Donna Marie Herrold. They were married on September 20, 1952, and to this union, three children were born, Deanna McNew (Howard), Paula West (John Marr) who resides in Warrensburg, Missouri, and Mike. Deanna and Mike preceded him in death. He had six grandchildren (Julie Owens, Jennifer Owens, Bradley McNew, Nathan Collins, Brian Paul & Brett Paul) and eight great-grandchildren (Ethan McNew, Aubrie McNew, Mason Owens, Bella McNew, Evan Owens, Lillie McNew, Lynn Collins & Keaton Paul).
He loved to play basketball. Both he and his brother Jay, who preceded him in death were very active in exhibiting hogs nationwide under the name, Paul Bros. Durocs. Pig went to Iowa State College and majored in animal husbandry. The first two years of college, he lived and worked in the hog barn and was involved with a fraternity and had many fond memories of that time. After three years of college, he volunteered for the draft and served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 and finished college on the GI Bill, he graduated in 1958. He made his career in the pork-producing industry. In 1969, he and Donna moved with their three children to Willow Springs to operate a farm called Pork Plantation. Pig was a member of the American Legion for 50 years and was a 30-year member of the Willow Springs Charities and the Lion’s Club. He was named Citizen of the Year twice by the Willow Springs Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Willow Springs School Board and as a director of the Duroc and Yorkshire National Feeder Pig Show in West Plains. Pig served as the presiding commissioner of Howell County.
Pig recognized an active life, but it would not have been possible without his wife, three children, and son-in-law, Howard.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at United Methodist Church, Willow Springs, Missouri, with Bob Shaw, Dennis Von Allmen, David Evans, and Wendell Bailey officiating, under the direction of Yarber Mortuary, Willow Springs. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1-2:00 p.m. also at the church. Inurnment was in Willow Springs City Cemetery, Willow Springs. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the United Methodist Church, 311 N. Harris, Willow Springs, MO 65793. Condolences may be expressed at www.yarbermortuary.com.