Joseph Andrew Paynter 79 of Redwood City, Calif. passed away on July 28, 2012 at the V. A. Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. from Lung Cancer. Joe was born on January 8, 1933 in Kansas City Mo, and lived most of his life in Redwood City, Calif. He was married to Merri (Rusty) Paynter on December 8, 1965. From 1950 to 1953 Joe worked at the Kansas City Star Newspaper before enlisting in the United States Army. He served in the Korean War from 1953 to 1955. After being honorably discharged, Joe returned to the Kansas City Star. Joe then moved to California and started working for the San Francisco Chronicle in 1962 and retired in 1998. Joe was a member of the American Legion Post 105 of Redwood City and served twice as the Commander of the post. Joe also served as Commander & vice Commander at the district & state levels. Joe served as the Chef de Guerre for the Forty & Eight in 1984/1985. For many years on Tuesday & Thursday you would find Joe calling the numbers for bingo at the American Legion Post. Joe is survived by his wife of 47 years - Merri L. Paynter of the home, his 3 children Joseph A. Paynter Jr., Lori E. Paynter & Donna L. Paynter, their where about are unknown. Stepchildren Grace Gearheart & husband John of Arlington,Wa., Gerald Howatt & wife Connie of Granite Falls,Wa., Josephine Elskin, & Candace Marshall of Lynnwood, Wa. 2 brothers John Paynter of Albany, Ga., Charles Paynter of Kansas City, Mo., 5 sisters Mary Sidebottom & husband Milton of Versailles, Mo., Ellen Marie Wyatt of Independence, Mo., Barbara Threlkeld and husband Bill of Koshkonong, Mo., Susan Lorene Moore & husband Jim of Kansas City, Mo. & Mary Catherine Theis & husband Mark of Yuma, Az., many grandkids, nieces, nephews & cousins. Joe was preceded in death by his parents John & Cora Ellen (Crowder) Paynter, sister-in-law Billie Paynter, brother-in-law Bob Wyatt, one grandson & numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews. Graveside services will be held 9am Saturday, August 4, 2012, at the Koshkonong Cemetery in Koshkonong, Mo. Within the coming weeks a memorial service will be held at the American Legion Post 105 in Redwood City, Calif. Arrangements are under the direction of the Clary Funeral Home of Thayer, Mo. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the V.A. Hospital Palo Alto, Calif.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Aug. 3 to Aug. 5, 2012.