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In Memory of

Richard Norman Payeur

July 25, 1928 - August 3, 2017

Obituary


Richard Norman Payeur, formerly of Ann Arbor, Michigan, passed away on August 3, 2017 at the age of 89 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was born to parents A. Harry Payeur and Marie Louise Payeur on July 25, 1928 in Ann Arbor. Rich was the eldest brother of Rachel Kohler, Russell Payeur (Kay), and Mary Lou Martino. While in school and after graduation from St. Thomas High School (Ann Arbor, MI) in 1947, he worked in the family construction business of A.H. Payeur & Sons Foundation until his retirement in 1985.

Rich met Twyla...

Richard Norman Payeur, formerly of Ann Arbor, Michigan, passed away on August 3, 2017 at the age of 89 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was born to parents A. Harry Payeur and Marie Louise Payeur on July 25, 1928 in Ann Arbor. Rich was the eldest brother of Rachel Kohler, Russell Payeur (Kay), and Mary Lou Martino. While in school and after graduation from St. Thomas High School (Ann Arbor, MI) in 1947, he worked in the family construction business of A.H. Payeur & Sons Foundation until his retirement in 1985.

Rich met Twyla Jo McConnell at a dance and they married in August 1949. He is survived by Twyla, three daughters, Nancy Lucas (Mark), Kathy Sweet and Bonnie Plummer; four grandchildren, Jeff (Becky), Kelly, Sara and Lisa (Tommy); four great grandchildren, Courtney, Caitlyn, Gavin and Theodore.
Rich was a volunteer firefighter for Pittsfield Township, a lifelong member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and Tri-County Sportmen's League. He cherished family gatherings, and enjoyed playing euchre and other card games, bowling, golf, woodworking, playing Santa Claus, supported his daughters' as a "horse dad", hunting, fishing, and watching hot air balloons.

After retirement, Rich and Twyla lived in a motor home full time for almost 20 years traveling the entire United States and Canada. Rich never met a stranger, many became lifelong friends, and maintained strong relationships with extended family from all over. As a couple, they also took vacations to Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia and Europe.

As 'Grandpa', he was a role model for his grandchildren and taught them many things - a strong work ethic; passion for travel and adventure; and love of family and friends. He was always willing to help a friend, 'supervise' a project and ready for dessert.

Rich will be missed by all who knew him. He is now in heaven and annoying the angels.

A memorial service will take place in Ann Arbor at a later date. The family is grateful for the condolences, but declines flowers. Donations can be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2150 Frieze Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Beaches Chapel by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 1701 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250.