PAPRANEC, PAUL ROBERT - age 79, of Grand Rapids, went to share heaven with our Lord and Savior, on Thursday, November 16, 2017. Paul was born to Slovakian immigrants, Amalia and Josef Papranec in 1938 the youngest of three sons. At ninth grade he attended Lansing Resurrection High School, and then returned to Charlotte High School. He enjoyed sports and mathematics and later played semi pro football. Paul was a United States Army Veteran. He graduated from Western Michigan University and became a teacher. Paul began his teaching and coaching career at Comstock Public Schools, and later at Kenowa Hills Public Schools. He farmed in Parnell, Michigan and later purchased the “Ovid Farm” near Lansing. “The Farm” also hosted many hunting days for family and friends. He was a true steward of the land. Paul was an active parent and grandparent. Concerts, plays, performances, 4-H events, horse shows, wrestling matches, baseball, football and hockey games all kept him very busy. The life skills he taught, accompanied with his art of conversation, are cherished by all. Paul lived and emulated the life he was born into, one of humility and hard work, love and caring. He was preceded in death by his parents, Josef and Amalia Papranec; brother, Joseph; son-in-law, David Janisch; and in-laws, Frank Evans and Hilda Streight. Paul is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dianne; children, Robin (Bill) Seniura, Amy Papranec, Paul E. (Diane) Papranec, Polly Janisch and Mike Papranec; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and special care giver, Jacqueline Cunningham. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. The family will receive family and friends at the Beuschel Funeral Home, 5018 Alpine Avenue N.W., Comstock Park on Monday, November 20, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m., with Deacon Jerry Roersma. The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1200 Alpine Church Road, Comstock Park with Fr. Thomas G. Simons. Interment will be at 2:00 p.m., in Holy Cross Cemetery. In memory of Paul, please consider donations to Holy Trinity's Education Fund.