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William David Paynter

Published On: Nov 27 2012 05:00:24 PM CST
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DeForest: William D. "Bill" Paynter, age 88, of DeForest, died on Monday, November 26, 2012 at Walnut Grove Assisted Living, DeForest. Bill was born on December 2, 1923 in Madison, the second of eight children born to William Howard and Ruth (Hart) Paynter. He graduated from Madison East High School in 1941.

A veteran of WWII, Bill served in the U.S. Army, 102nd Division, and “The Ozark”. He was twice wounded in combat. Following his discharge he graduated from U.W. Madison in 1949 and attended graduate school at the University of Chicago.

Bill was united in marriage to Agnes L. Severson in Mt. Horeb on June 19, 1948, and she preceded him in death on March 5, 2000.

Bill worked as a biochemist for Oscar Mayer from 1952 to 1986. He was honored as a “Timeless Innovator” in 2003, recognizing his application of science and engineering in developing the “wiener tunnel”. Bill’s career at Oscar Mayer Foods includes many U.S. and international patents, including analytical testing for meat freshness and effects of freeze-drying temperature for meat quality in military meals. His patents also include detailing the use of phosphates in meat binding and for inventing “puffed” pork rind snacks.

Bill was a lifelong bowler and golfer; enjoyed hunting and fishing and his cottage at Jordan Lake. He was a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans and the Yahara Fisherman’s Club.

He was honored to receive the “Unsung Hero Award” from Channel 15 in 2006 in recognition of his military service.

Bill is survived by three children, Frank (Beth Hastings) Paynter of San Diego, CA, David (Kathleen) Paynter of Oxford and Beth (Bobby) Lumina of Madison. He was very proud of his six grandchildren, Ben and Matt Paynter, John and Mike Paynter, and Alix and Tony Lumina and his new great-granddaughter Izabella Paynter. He is further survived by two brothers and a sister, Mary Thompson of Madison, Richard (Jan) Paynter of Maple Bluff and Thomas (Lucy) Paynter of Owings Mills, MD. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert, John and Phillip; and a sister, Ruth.

We extend our thanks to the staff of Walnut Grove and Southern Care Hospice for their loving care of our father.

Private graveside services with military honors have been held. Memorials in Bill’s name may be directed to his favorite charity, Empty Stocking Club, P.O. Box 8056, Madison, WI 53708.

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