Paul Eugene Pietrzak
October 17, 1937 ‒ May 08, 2020
Paul Eugene Pietrzak passed away peacefully, Friday, May 8, 2020 in his home. He was 82.
He was born October 17, 1937 in Dayton, Ohio to parents Stanley & Jane (Zinkiewicz) Pietrzak. After he graduated from Patterson Co-op High School with the class of 1955, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from University of Cincinnati. In 1957, while attending the University of Cincinnati, Paul began working at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Paul continued to work at the base as an Aeronautical Engineer until he retired in 1995.
During Paul’s career for Wright Patterson he was assigned to and led many different classified programs during development and the concept studies, one of which was the Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile (TSSAM). He evaluated and led the effort to develop TSSAM and later became the Chief Flight Systems Engineer of the program. He was also given the Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award by the Air Force in 1994.
Also, while working at the base Paul met Theresa Mandich, who mistook him as the mail boy, when he was in fact her superior. One day Paul asked how he could repay Theresa a favor he owed her, and to his surprise she said that she would like to take him on a date to the drive-in movie theater. She also requested that while they were there, he buy her a box of chocolates and the rest is history. On June 24, 1967 the pair married and they spent 52 wonderful years together.
Later Paul and Theresa retired to Loudonville in 1997, and loved to go to restaurants all around the area for breakfast every morning. They were so familiar with the area restaurants that they knew all the employees and their families. They also could be seen at all local fairs and festivals.
He is survived by his sons John Pietrzak, Robert Pietrzak, and Adam (Aimee) Pietrzak; four grandchildren Jackson, Preston, Lillian, and Evelyn; his siblings Betty (Don) Sherman, Wladzu (Ginny) Pietrzak, Pete Pietrzak, and Mary Pietrzak; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his wife Theresa Pietrzak, and brother Butch Pietrzak.
Although no public service will be held in Paul’s memory, his family hopes that you will hold him in your heart as you remember him in your own special way. A Scattering ceremony for Paul and Theresa will take place at a later date.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Paul’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com