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Dr. Paul Boyd Glynn, Jr February 18, 1943 - July 23, 2022

Date of Funeral

July 28, 2022

Dr. Paul B. Glynn, Jr. (fondly known as “Doc”) age 79, of Sparta, Missouri, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2022, surrounded by loved ones.  He was born February 18, 1943, in Springfield, Missouri, the son of Noi Mae (Lindberg) Pierce and Paul B. Glynn, Sr.  On June 13, 1964, Paul was united in marriage to Lillie Belle (Ketch) Glynn who passed away on December 8, 1991.  On August 19, 1993, Paul married Karen M. Johanson. They were married until her passing on April 4, 2016.

Paul’s greatest joy and accomplishment in life was helping others.  He worked as a family practice and emergency room physician touching many people’s lives. He was a kind soul and loved all living things, even helping heal a variety of animals throughout his life. Paul was a life-long learner.  He enjoyed good food, fine wine, a cold beer, and family.  He also enjoyed research, archaeology, science, computer games, and a good book. Paul proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps and received an honorable discharge.

Paul is survived by Heather Barnes and husband, Scott; Annie Chambers and husband, Bryan; Sean Glynn and wife, Laura; Kate Kakolewski and husband, Steve Thies; Richard Schuldt and wife, Amy; Eric Schuldt; sister-in-law Gail Glynn; daughter-in-law Mary Glynn; 17 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, both wives, brother Robert Glynn, and his son Brian Glynn.

Graveside funeral services will be 2:30 P.M. Thursday, July 28, 2022, in Maple Park Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri. No visitation is planned, friends may pay their respects to Doc, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 27, 2022. Arrangements under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.


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    Connie & Loyd Todd says

    Annie, We’re so sorry to learn of your loss. We are keeping your family in our prayers.

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    Cassie Pursley says

    I got the great privilege to grow up on Dr. Glynn’s & Karen’s farm. I will cherish all the memories I have. From our auction trips, which was more of a sport for him, he always came out winning with all his junk 😆. To witnessing Dr. Glynn’s & Karen’s many animal rescues attempts. I will forever be grateful for the time on the farm & I forever be grateful for Dr. Glynn always being there for every tummy ache & broken bone, no matter the hour. Dr. Glynn’s genuine kindness & compassion for others, will forever be inspiring to me. Rest in peace Paul Love you.

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    Andrea Dotson says

    So sorry for your loss. He took such great care of my husband before his death. He truly cared for his patients.

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    Larry K. Bratvold says

    Paul was special in so many ways.

    Paul exuded passion: passion for life, passion for his family, passion for his patients, and passion for for his friends.

    Paul loved deeply. He appreciated deeply, He expressed his passion for life, family, patients, friends, for those he loved, and those he appreciated. He did not keep it inside. He expressed it. This is unusual for a man.

    He was frank, honest, and truthful; such admirable qualities for a man of any profession.

    I met Paul in a potential client consultation during the early years of his marriage to Karen, that extremely competent and compassionate whirlwind that encompassed his practice and their personal lives, a person who hugged everyone and smiled when things were going well and smiled when life’s inevitable speed bumps appeared in their pathway. What an amazing team they were!

    Somewhere along the line I met Anne. What would Paul have done without Anne? To look at Anne’s physical frame, you would not, and could not, readily appreciate her strength, compassion, love, dedication, resolved and determination that really came to the fore upon the passing of Karen and throughout Paul’s decline. The longer I have known Anne, the more I have come to respect her many astounding qualities and capabilities.

    Anne is special, Karen was special, and Paul was amazing.

    Paul never wrote me a prescription or gave me a physical, but I respected him for what he did as a doctor, how he did it, and where he did it. He was never my personal doctor, although I asked for his opinion a bunch of times on medical related issues, so in that respect, I guess there was some sort of a physician/non-physician relationship, I enjoyed hearing his “take” on things, because it was technical from a physical medicine standpoint, but it was also practical, the kind of practicality that can only arise from decades of being “in the trenches,” something you can’t learn in a book or any other way.

    Paul and I had mutual respect and confidence in each other. It was a special relationship, even though both of us were, by the nature of our respective professional, he a physician and me an attorney, limited by the boundaries that guide our interpersonal relationships.

    I have prayed for Paul when I was with him, with my hand on his shoulder, and I have prayed for Paul when I was not with him, when I knew he needed my prayers. I can only pray now, after his passing, that somehow, some way, Paul connected with our Lord and Savior through a simple prayer and the yielding of his spirit to God, who welcomes all with open arms so that someday Paul and I will meet again, in a happier place, a place with no pain, no sorrow, no tears, and no death.

    May God bless you my friend, my God bless your family and friends and be to them the God of all comfort, and may God bless the legacy of love and compassion you have left behind.

    Larry K. Bratvold

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    Manny Naffa says

    I am sadden for the loss of Dr. Glynn. A true image of knowledge, humbleness and kindness.
    I was his patient since 2008 and blessed by his guidance in improving my health and wellness.
    I am really going to miss him dearly… Rest In Peace Doc. My sincere condolences to his family.

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    We were so sorry to hear of Dr. Glynn’s passing. He was our Dr. for 20 yrs before he retired. He always took time to listen and find out what was wrong. When ya patient went to see him, he treated everyone more like family than just patient. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Prayers to all his family.

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