Paul DeBauge
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Roberts-Blue-Barnett - Emporia
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Emporia, KS
Paul Fredrick DeBauge, December 16, 1938 - November 12, 2021, was born at Emporia, Kansas, to Laurent and Marian Mott DeBauge. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Janice. He was married to Lucia Harcum from 1972-1984. The children from that union are Christiane DeBauge and granddaughter, Evelyn; son, John-Paul DeBauge; Suzanne DeBauge and granddaughters Violet, Abigail, and Amelia Cressler. Shawn Moore and Colin Moore also survive.

Paul has one brother, Laurent DeBauge (Barbara) of Marco Island, Florida, with sons Jeff and Brad and daughter, Andree and their families.

Paul graduated from the University of Kansas with an AB degree in mathematics and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas Law School in 1963. After graduation and admission to the Kansas Bar, Paul entered Officer Candidate School in the U. S. Navy and served as Lieutenant on the destroyers USS Weeks and the USS Glover, including tours of duty in the Mediterranean, Red Sea, and the Caribbean. After honorable discharge in 1967, he returned to Emporia and joined the family business, DeBauge Bros. Inc., which his father had started as a produce business in the 1930's. With his brother, Laurent, beginning with the Coors Franchise, they expanded products and territory, ultimately including 23 counties and Jayhawk Beverage and Coca-Cola Bottling. After 40 years in franchising, he retired in 2007 when Crown Distributors purchased DeBauge Bros. Inc. and Jayhawk Beverage.



Paul believed in serving the community, state and nation that had nurtured him, as evidenced by decades of active leadership. He was especially devoted to the Flint Hills and Kahola Creek Ranch, which he cared for with conscientious stewardship. He was so proud of the revival and growth of Camp Wood YMCA, with which he labored for many years. A lifelong love of the ocean began while in the Navy and he felt particularly blessed to have spent much time over 20 years at his beloved Estrella del Mar in San Jose del Cabo. His love for and dedication to his family was clearly evident to all. He had a specifically expressed loyalty to and appreciation for his many employees over his 40 years of business leadership. He believed that every person could do something well and he strove to help them find that something. He loved France and enjoyed many trips there. He was pleased to introduce his children to their relatives in France and spent many happy times there and also with family from France in Lyon County. He loved the arts-both visual and aural--- and enjoyed hundreds of performances and museums in many countries with Janice during their 31 years together. He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, in Emporia and in Lawrence. After moving to Lawrence, he enjoyed the lively discussions with friends at J and S Coffee on many weekday mornings.

His community service endeavors include: President of the Kansas Beer Wholesaler's Association; President of the Emporia Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Board, Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Founder and Chairman of the Board, Kansas Business Hall of Fame; Deputy Commanding General, Kansas Cavalry; Charter Member of the Kansas University Medical Center Advancement Board; Chairman of the Board, Kansas Environmental Council; Camp Wood YMCA Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Capital Fund Drive; Chairman of the Board, Emporia Venture, Inc.; and President of Emporia Enterprises, Inc.

Board of Directors service includes: St. Mary's Hospital, Emporia; Regional Development Association of East Central, KS; Western Financial Corporation; Columbia Savings Association; Emporia Presbyterian Manor; Emporia Public Library; Newman Regional Health Foundation; Emporia State University President's Council; Kansas Liquor Law Review Commission; and Emporia State University School of Business Council of Advisors.

Emporia State University honored him with the University Service Citation in 1992.

Memorials to Camp Wood YMCA may be sent in care of Roberts Blue Barnett Funeral Home.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held on November 23, 2021 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Emporia, Kansas. The service will be available virtually for those who cannot attend in person at www.fumchurch.org. Online condolences may be left at www.robertsblue.com.
Published by Lawrence Journal-World on Nov. 16, 2021.
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My sympathy to Janice that the suffering will no longer be a part of Paul's life. May the coming days bring sweet peace, in Jesus name.
Jane Campbell
Friend
November 23, 2021
It was an honor to know Paul. Condolences from the DeBauge family in Dallas; Steve, Jacki, Ben and Caitlin.
Steve DeBauge
Family
November 23, 2021
Kerry, Taylor and Jake DeBauge
November 20, 2021
I’m so sorry for your loss, Janice. I hope music will be of comfort to you as it was to me when my Alan died. Mu Phi Love from Nancy Hawkins
Nancy Hawkins
Friend
November 18, 2021
Trexin Consulting LLC
November 17, 2021
A class act!
Brenda Coburn
Friend
November 17, 2021
Growing up in Emporia during the 1950's was a wonderful experience and having friends like Paul to share the experience made it extraordinary. Paul's life story epitomizes the American Dream. His service to his country as a Naval officer, his outstanding success in business, and his service and leadership in community and charitable organizations will long be remembered in his home town and across Kansas. Paul and I were friends for more than 70 years and we shared many fond memories of our early days in Emporia as well as later in life. Donna and I offer our condolences to Janice and all the DeBauge family. May God's Blessings be yours and may Paul rest in Eternal Peace. Roger Manda
Roger Manda
Friend
November 17, 2021
Precious Janice, my heart goes out to you with the loss of the love of your life. You are a joy to know and I missed you so much in Yoga Class when you all moved to Lawrence!! Blessing and love, Patty
Patty YogaMama Thompson
Friend
November 16, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with Janice and Paul´s family. It was a privilege to meet Paul. He was a kind soul who was always quick to ask how you were instead of focusing on himself. He always had a smile even when he wasn´t feeling well. He is missed. Bless you all during these difficult times.
Susie Mercer
Other
November 16, 2021
It’s been a tough year for the original Topeka Jayhawk Beverage team. I’m sure dad, Dan, and Paul are sharing a silver bullet. Thoughts and prayers with Janice and the rest of the family.
Kyle Beisner
November 15, 2021
I worked for Paul while attending Emporia State in 1987, Dennis Carpenter was running the Coca-Cola part that I worked at, put meet Paul many of times, He was a great guy, Always hiring college kids, Such a great guy.
Troy Sides
Coworker
November 14, 2021
Boulétreau, Tirard Collet
November 13, 2021
Best wishes to Pauls family. We ill miss him. From all the Schrubens
Phillip Schruben
Family
November 13, 2021
Prayers to family and friends. As a past Emporia resident I know how much he was involved in the community. Every time bu think of DeBauge Bros I will forever remember the iconic Coors Can Silo. Prayers again for all. So very sorry for your loss. RF.
Ricky Fugitt
Acquaintance
November 13, 2021
So very sad to learn of Paul's death. Our sincerest condolences to you and extended family. Please know all of us (Joan, Libby, Steve, Ted, Matt and families) are praying for you at this time.
Libby DeBauge
Family
November 13, 2021
John-Paul DeBauge
Family
November 13, 2021
It was always a better day for having had the gift of Paul’s company and conversation at J&S—I will miss him. My. Condolences to his family an friends.
Don Noltemeyer
Friend
November 12, 2021
Paul will be missed. Jim will never forget his bocce ball partner. We send our love to the DeBauge family at this sad time. Love, Jim and Cathy
Cathy Taughinbaugh
Friend
November 12, 2021
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