Obituaries

Paul Richard "Papa Dude" Soptick Sr. 1917 - 2011 Kansas City, Kan.

Mass of Christian Burial for Paul Richard “Papa Dude” Soptick Sr., 93, Kansas City, Kan., will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at All Saint’s Parish (St. Joseph’s), 809 Vermont, Kansas City, Kan. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Mausoleum.
Mr. Soptick died peacefully Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at home, surrounded by family.
He was born Dec 17, 1917, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Paul Joseph and Eva (Ladesich) Soptick.
He was a lifelong Kansas City, Kan., resident. Mr. Soptick enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on Nov 13, 1937, and was discharged as sergeant on Oct 27, 1941. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on May 30, 1944, and was assigned to the USS Beckham as a crane operator. He was discharged as seaman first class on Dec 9, 1945.
Paul was an assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 215 and an Explorer Leader for Troop 2225. He was the coach for Club 46 baseball team.
Mr. Soptick was a frequent seller of antiques at the Governor’s Building, and a frequent buyer at all garage sales and thrift shops. He was also well known for his saying “I always buy for $10 and sell for $5. I don’t make any money but I make a lot of friends.”
He worked for Sears, Roebuck & Co., for 38½ years, retiring in 1973. On his 90th birthday, he rode a mechanical bull .
His wife of 69 years, Veronica (Brniak) Soptick, died Aug. 26, 2007. A son, Joseph, died in infancy.
Survivors include his children, Patricia (David) Scheibe, Basehor; Paul (Rita) Soptick Jr., George (Valerie) Soptick, and Gerry (Christine) Soptick, all of Kansas City, Kan., James (Cindy) Soptick, Lebanon, Mo., and Debbie (Patrick) Thompson, Independence, Mo.; 25 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and his beloved beagle, Oliver (Ollie).
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Skradski Funeral Home, Kansas City, Kan.
The family suggests donations to the W.C.A.C. (Wyandotte Countians Against Crime), C.A.B.A. (Central Avenue Betterment Association) Dave Alvarado Scholarship Fund or the charity of the donor’s choice, sent in care of Skradski Funeral Home, 340 N. Sixth St., Kansas City, KS 66101.