William Brown Paynter, Jr. was born November 10, 1920 in Fort Morgan, Colorado, to William Brown and Sarah Grace Iles Paynter and passed away on May 7, 2016 at the Washington County Nursing Home in Akron, Colorado, at the age of 95˝ years. Bill was the second of four children.
Bill grew up in Brush, Colorado and fondly remembered many adventures in and around his home town. Some experiences included the canoe the “Lorna Doone”. He and his brother constructed it and proceeded to float down the South Platte River from Fort Morgan to Sterling, stopping at sandbars, spending the night and being picked up by their mom. The family also spent summers in Estes Park with his father driving back to Brush during the week and joining the family on the weekends. With his siblings, Richard, Stan and Florence (Floss), they spent their days, fishing, hiking, exploring, building forts, swimming in the Big Thompson River, finding old Indian trails, climbing Longs Peak and loving the great outdoors. Their mother, a registered nurse, kept them all healthy and busy throughout the summer.
Bill graduated from Brush High School in 1938, as joint Valedictorian with his best friend, Jack Petteys, who was a pilot and later killed in WWII. By working summers and after school, Bill saved up money for college. At CU he worked year round at Norlin Library on the Boulder campus for 30 cents an hour until he graduated. He was very proud of the fact that after graduating from high school, he took no money from his parents.
He was accepted into the Navy on April 15, 1942 as an Assistant Paymaster with the rank of Ensign. After graduating with honors from CU with a degree in Business Administration and a major in accounting, his orders sent him to the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. While in New York, he met his future wife, Marguerite Nielsen Rye (Peggy). They were married on March 2, 1943 at the Eben-Ezer Chapel in Brush, Colorado. Bill spent his time in the service in Melbourne, Australia where he was the Paymaster. After 18 months he was allowed to briefly return home to Brush where he got his first sight of their son, William Brown Paynter III, born on December 2, 1943. Bill was honorably discharged from the Navy on February 17, 1946.
Bill was accepted at both Harvard and Yale Law Schools, but decided on Yale as they were the first to accept the GI Bill. Their second child, Marguerite Grace (Peggy Ann) was born in New Haven, Connecticut October 5, 1946. The family moved back to Colorado where Bill joined his brother Richard and his father in Brush at the Law Offices of Paynter, Paynter, and Paynter.
While in Brush, their third child, Roxann Rye, was born on August 4,1953.
Alonzo Petteys, his friend Jack’s father, asked Bill to come work for him at the Citizens National Bank in Akron as Cashier. He was later promoted to Executive Vice President.
In 1962, Mr. Petteys started a new bank in Sterling and Bill moved his family to assume duties as President of the First National Bank of Sterling.
After Mr. Petteys died in 1970, his family sold the Sterling bank and Bill moved back to Akron where he returned to the practice of law with Frank D. Allen and later with Kevin Hoyer.
During his practice of law in Akron, his service included Akron Town Attorney and Washington County Attorney. Believing in term limits, he also served only one term as mayor for the Town of Akron.
Bill was a member of: the Sterling Elks Club, the Rotary Club of Akron, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8064 in Akron, The Akron American Legion, The Colorado Bar Association, Akron Masonic Lodge, was a 32nd Degree Mason, and a member of Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Estes Park.
At the age of 89, Bill retired from his law practice, turning the reins over to his granddaughter, Kelly Hall Hansen. He and Peggy moved to their beloved cabin in Estes Park, Colorado, where they spent five years, reading books, keeping apprised of the upcoming Presidential elections, gazing at Longs Peak every day, and just plain watching the snow fall.
He is remembered as a man slow to anger, quick to forgive, stubborn, a great boss, hard-working, a very nice man, and careful with his words.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 73 years Peggy of Akron, his son Bill (Sue) of Phoenix, AZ, his daughter Peggy Ann Cummings (Wendell) of Sedalia, CO, and his daughter Roxann Hall (Terence) of Akron, his seven grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, his sister Florence Beck of Ventura, CA, numerous nieces and nephews, and friends and clients throughout Northeastern Colorado.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the United Methodist Church of Akron. Memorial contributions may be made to the Akron Public Library.
Posted on epnews.com: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 9:50 am
Back to Veteran's Burials.