Paul Eugene Pietrzak

October 17, 1937 ‒ May 08, 2020

Loudonville, Ohio

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

 

  • We all know Dad said very little and had is own way revealing his love. One thought of this that comes to mind as everyone knows I’m pretty enthusiastic car guy. When I was around 16-17 on his birthday and also happy trading post day I was searching through the new muscle car ads and I found a White 1974 TransAm for $1500.00 I was first to call and still unsold, he drove me there I test rode/drove it and he bought it for me…a gift for me on his birthday…what a great dad!

    Thank you for being the strongest shelter of our family that I’ve ever known. You sacrificed, supported, protected, and provided for the our entire family with unending selfless love. I am eternally grateful. I love you.

    -Robert

    Please post and share a story or memory of Paul Pietrzak in the Condolences and Memories below and visit Theresa Pietrzak through the search on Snyderfunderalhomes.com here as she passed away March 19th.

  • I GREW UP WITH THE WHOLE PIETRZAK FAMILY AND NEVER KNEW HIS MIDDLE NAME WAS EUGENE> MY BEST MEMORYS WAS WHEN I GAVE PAUL AND THERESA THREE CHICKENS MY KIDS HAD FROM EASTER CHICKS> THE NEXT TIME I WENT TO THERE FARM THERESA WAS ABOUT TO KILL ME . THE CHICKENS I GAVE THEM WERE LEGHORNS AND THEY KILLED TWO OF HER POLISH CHICKENS SHE WAS RAISING. PAUL SAID MY LEGHORNS DID NOT EVEN MAKE GOOD SOUP. PAUL ALSO RAISED A PIG MY KIDS NAMED WILBUR. THE KIDS GREW UP WATCHING WILBUR GROW AS HE WAS THEIR PET. THE WHOLE PIETRZAK FAMILY AND ME BUTCHERED WILBUR AND TWO OF PAULS PIGS AT STAN AND JANES FARM. BEST CRACKLINS I EVER ATE !!!!!

  • I was always intrigued and curious about Dads work and when he retired it was amazing to me, seeing all his co-workers at a retirement ceremony, talking and laughing with him and DAD talking back to them. He was quiet but a great provider. I can’t say how many times we looked over at Dad the last few years (after finding out something else he had done to take care of us) and just saying “good job Dad.”
    Ok, I have a car story too. I was about 16-17 also and after purchasing several cars and modifying all of them, Dad helped me buy a nice 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass. He agreed to buy it for me on one condition… I wasn’t allowed to do anything to it! I enjoyed it but ended up selling it because I couldn’t shake the itch.
    He set a great example of patients and love with our family. The more I learn about my father the more I miss him… love you Dad!

  • Yes, Dad was not a talker. I honestly can’t remember having a single long conversation with him. But he was always there when we needed him; unlike most of my peers, I never had to deal with student debt when I went to university. Dad made sure of that. He found my first job out of college for me. He was always taking the family to breakfast, or to fairs, or to other events; he may not have spoken of his love to us, but he always showed it in his actions.

    Goodbye Dad. I love you.