THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Paul D. Payant
Issue Date: August 6, 2014
Paul D. Payant, 84, of Menominee, Mi., passed away on Monday, Aug. 4 in West Bend.
Born Dec. 22, 1929, in Iron Mountain, Mi., the youngest of eight children of Andrew and Leah (Ferdon) Payant, he graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Marinette and later graduated from St. Norbert College, De Pere, with a degree in Business. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict.
On Sept. 11, 1954, he married Janet Mickey Ahearn and the couple resided in Wisconsin and Arizona. In the early 1960s, he and two other partners, formed Prestige Builders, Inc., which earned the title of the largest custom homebuilder in the tri-state area. The couple later moved to Arizona, where he worked in sales of manufactured homes. Upon retirement, they returned to Menominee and enjoyed the four seasons and retirement. An avid golfer, he enjoyed boating, motorcycle riding and spending time at his summer get-away cottages.
Survivors include their children, Paula, of Peshtigo, Stephen, of Green Bay, Patricia (Terry) Roberts, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Amy (Michael) Reuteman, of West Bend and Ted (Mary), of Phoenix, Az.; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother, Don (Marian) Payant, of Alabama; cousins; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 56 years, Mickey.
A burial ceremony to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Menominee, Mi. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to either the American Cancer Society or the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.