Obituary: Richard David Paton

By Lene Caracas-Apuntar | | Nov 12, 2018

Richard David Paton, age 88, of Orlando, Florida passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. He was the widower of the late Irene Paton. 

Dick, as he was known as, was born on February 2, 1930, in Port Huron, Michigan, the only child of the late David C. and Olive M. (Baisley) Paton. His mother passed away a few days after his birth. On October 24, 1953, he married the love of his life, Irene Fintak. They were married for 43 wonderful years, until her death in 1997. 

At age 19, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served proudly and honorably for 20 years, reaching the rank of Master Sergeant and serving in Vietnam before his honorable discharge. He later worked for the United States Postal Service before his retirement. 

Dick's life centered around his family. He was always a provider for his family, often working two or more jobs. He was always available to lend a helping hand to family and friends. He was a beloved Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, and "G-Pa" to his great grandchildren who adored him. He enjoyed being on the water fishing, even though he couldn't swim! He also loved to travel. In the military, he traveled the globe and in his retirement years he motor-homed around the country. 

Richard is survived by his son, Patrick Paton; his two daughters, Linda Paton Givens and her husband, Randy, and Cindy Paton; two grandchildren, Jennifer Givens Armstrong (Brandon Hanshaw), and Stephanie Givens Allen (Chase Allen),; and four great-grandchildren, Zachary Armstrong, Colton Hanshaw, Jack Allen, and Payton Allen and many beloved nieces and nephews. 

A private family burial will took place on Monday, November 12, 2018. 

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