Paul L. Payonk, 87

May 10, 1934 - July 21, 2021

Paul L. Payonk, 87, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at Moravian Manor in Lititz. Born May 10, 1934 in Mammoth, PA, he was the son of the late Andrew and Anna (Mrowca) Payonk. In September he would have celebrated 65 beautiful years of marriage to Eleanor (Viazanko) Payonk.

Shortly after graduating from high school, he went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Army from 1954 to 1959. Paul will be remembered for his 42 years of dedicated service to Precision Metals as an import/export salesman. He found great joy in spending time with his wife and family as well as traveling. His family will remember his as a wonderful husband, father and Pap Pap.

He will be sorely missed by his loving wife Eleanor, sons, David Payonk (Cindy) of Macungie, PA, Mark Payonk of Myerstown, PA, Chris Payonk (Karen) of Lancaster, PA; daughters, Diane Wilkison (William) of Harrisburg, PA, Janice Gabriel (Robert) of Dixon, CA; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; brother Stanley of Mount Pleasant,PA and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in passing by his parents and siblings, Mary, Helen, Stella, Ann, Genevieve and Joseph.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 414 E. King St. Lancaster, PA 17602 on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 11 am. Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation from 10 am until the time of the service. Interment will be held at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA at 2:30 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Fisher House Foundation, 12300 Turnbrook Parkway, Suite 410, Rockville, MD 20852

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January 01, 2022

Very sorry he hear of Paul’s passing.I had the pleasure of meeting him on several occasions when he visited me in England. I’ll always remember the very romantic way he described on how he first met his wife. We only met a few times but during 45 years of meeting people in business he made the biggest impression on me. My condolences to Eleanor and family.Steve Carter

August 24, 2021

Dear Ellie, Mark, and Family,
I was deeply saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. I remember speaking with him many times after church and especially hearing about his travels to China. I’m sure he is now having a wonderful visit with my parents and enjoying all the pleasures of heaven. My deepest sympathy to you all. Sincerely,
Liz Crum

August 05, 2021

Dear Payonk family,
I only met Paul once in person when Mark and I met for dinner at an Indian restaurant in Cambridge. But through my friendship with Mark, I know he was a good husband, father, and all-around great family man. He had a strong faith in the Lord and passed this on to his children. He will be missed on this earth, but his spirit lives on in each of you as he watches from above. My deepest condolences to all of you. Can’t wait for that day the roll is called up yonder.
Craig Hastings 

August 05, 2021

Dear Ellie and all the family,
I was so very sad to read of the passing of Paul.  I remember many years ago of being a telephone operator at Hamilton Watch and getting so many telephone calls for Paul.  Sometimes he would be on a call and there would be 2 more calls waiting for him.  I thought then what a patient man he was.  Then several years later my husband and I moved to Gentry Heights and I got a chance to meet the entire Payonk family. What a blessing that was for me.  My heart goes out to all of the family Sending love an condolences to all of you.
Wanda Hebel

August 02, 2021

Ellie and entire Payonk family I am truly sorry and saddened by Paul’s passing … my deepest condolences to all of you…. my love and hugs to you all
Joanne fatta

August 02, 2021

Dear Ellie,  I was so sad to learn of the passing of Paul.  I have so many fond memories of both of you while we were neighbors over 20 years ago on Pinnacle Point.  May God bless and enshroud you and your family as your mourn his loss but also celebrate the life of a very kind gentleman.
With deepest sympathy,

August 02, 2021

To Ellie and Family, I was so saddened to learn of Paul’s passing.  I had the pleasure of working with Paul many years ago at Sears Credit Department.  He was always a kind and caring friend who made the world a better place.  I am sending love, prayers and many healing thoughts to all of you.
With much sympathy,
Beverly Jordan

August 01, 2021

Dear Eleanor and family –
Sorry to hear about Paul’s passing!!  
Will always remember our Hamilton/Precision Metals’ dances which were held every year with him in charge…  So many good memories of our years at Hamilton Watch which will be cherished forever.
Take care – love Gale Booth

July 28, 2021

Sending all our love and prayers during this difficult time. I know our Mom greeted him with a smile and had an open tennis court waiting on his arrival. We love you all.
Tanya, Danika and Benjamin  

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