Charles Paden

Charles Milton Paden passed peacefully at home on July 20, 2012 with his loving family by his side.  Services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont in Lawrence, Kansas on Saturday August 4, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. 

He was born on March 13, 1936 in Stark City, MO the son of John and Erma Paden.

Charles spent his early years in Webster Groves, MO and attended Goodall Elementary School.  The family returned to Stark City where he finished elementary school and graduated from Midway High School in 1954.  He attended college at Southwest Missouri University on the Army GI Bill and focused his studies in chemistry before serving his time with the Army in Germany.  After the Army, Charles began work with Pratt & Lambert Paint Company in downtown Kansas City, Missouri where he worked for 18 years as a chemist.  He also attended Rockhurst University where he studied accounting. 

He married Fifi (Feryal Saleh) in Buffalo, NY on November 17, 1962.  They returned to Raytown, MO and eventually moved to Independence, MO to begin their marriage and start a family.  The family settled in Lawrence, KS to take over Nabil’s Restaurant later renamed Fifi’s Restaurant. 

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Erma Paden.  He is survived by his wife Fifi of 49 years; son Keith Paden and wife Christy of Overland Park; daughter Pam Paden of Lawrence; son Brian Paden and wife Mary of Lawrence; five grandchildren Jordan, Alec and Justin Paden of Overland Park, Wrenn and Cale Paden of Lawrence; and brother John Paden of Olathe.  He was loved by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. 

The family suggests memorials in his name to the Trinity Episcopal Church and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

18 Condolences

  1. Clenece Hills on July 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Dear Paden Family,
    I will always remember the quiet smile and the gentle ways of Charles Paden. He was a gentleman of the old school. Please know that our entire family is thinking of you as you learn to live your lives without him. He will be missed.

  2. Judy Heller on July 22, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I’m so sorry for your family’s great loss. I hope you will be comforted by loving, happy memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Heather Brown on July 22, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Sending my love.

  4. James (Jim) & Lynn Bong (Dallas, TX). on July 23, 2012 at 10:51 am

    To Fifi & Paden families, our sincere sympathies and condolences to all of you. Charles left us in peace, but his spirit will live on, especially when all of you visit his beloved “farm” where Charles loved to spend many of his joy and peaceful moments. God Bless, and may God’s comfort be with all of you.

  5. Don & Alice Ann Johnston on July 23, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Fifi: We are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.

  6. Mmargaret Middleton on July 23, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Margaret Middleton on July 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Doug Hagen on July 23, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Brian, you and yours are in my thoughts. I am sorry for your loss, as a son. God’s Speed!

  9. paige walsh on July 24, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Dear Paden Family,
    So many wonderful, happy memories. Charles will be greatly missed. Our love to you all, Paige, Joe and boys

  10. Virginia Hudson on July 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Hello from Trinity Episcopal Church in Independence.Don’t know if you remember me, Feryal,but I remember you. I’m still here in Independence. Please accept my condolences on losing Charles. Your loss is God’s gain, I’m sure. Love to you and your family.

  11. Charlotte Neuschafer on July 27, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Thinking of you Pam and all that love your daddy.

  12. Charles & Jeanette Tauscher on July 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Take care of each other till you all meet in heaven.

  13. John and Ida Sayegh on July 28, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Fifi and Family, Just want to extend our condolences on the loss of your husband, Charles. May God be with you all during this difficult time. God rest his soul.

  14. Dr. John on July 28, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Fifi and the Paden familys, our condolences to all of you.God bless you.

  15. Mary & Tom Day on July 30, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Dearest Fifi,
    We are so sorry for the loss of a dear friend, but we are so greatful Charles was a part of our lives too. Our God and savior will hold him in his hands for eternity. God bless and keep all of your family. We love you.

  16. Christopher Allman on July 31, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Charles was a kind and wonderful person who treated me better than my own family. Charles had a wry sense of humor and made my life better for having known him. Charles, Fifi and Keith enabled me to complete my education in a manner and time frame I could not possibly have done otherwise. Charles often took me to KU basketball and football games; it was fun no matter what the score–at least in basketball. On one occasion Charles took me to a wine tasting and I remember that he aptly described one wine as “seawater.” Charles was a wonderful man who treated everyone in a way to which I aspire; he will be missed.

  17. Barb Depew on August 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Condolences to you and your family Pam. I hope you have many happy memories. I am glad you have such a great knowledge of food and I’m sure you got a lot of that from your father. God bless.

  18. Kathy Thompso on August 3, 2012 at 9:04 am

    We’re certainly thinking of you and your family and will keep you in our prayers.

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