Bruce H. Paynter
April 26, 1952 - July 9, 2009
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Appleton Alliance Church
2693 W. Grande Chute Blvd
Appleton, WI
Tuesday 7/14, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
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Monday 7/13, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Appleton Alliance Church
2693 W. Grande Chute Blvd
Appleton, WI
Tuesday 7/14, 11:00 am
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
920-739-1231 | Map

Bruce H. Paynter, age 57, of Appleton, WI, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 9, 2009, after complications related to ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Bruce was born in Stevens Point, WI on April 26, 1952 to Richard and Virgil (Howard) Paynter. On July 18, 1992 he was united in marriage to…

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Kim vanderbush gauthier left a message on April 11, 2013:
No one probably reads these anymore....but I came across this obituary and wanted to send my condolences. I am a teacher now in part to Mr. Paynter's legacy. I still love the color orange and the song "You Light Up My Life" both inspired by him way back when he was my teacher in 5 th grade. He pushed me to be a better person. His life lessons were strong and clear. I hope I impact students the way he impacted me!
Abby Paynter left a message on September 17, 2011:
Bruce was the best dad I ever could have asked for. I'll never forget him and the life he brought to my 13 years as his daughter.
Sheila Hruby left a message on July 14, 2009:
Sara, Melissa, Lizzy and Abby - Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, KC and Sheila Hruby
Julie Bouwkamp left a message on July 14, 2009:
Bruce was my teacher for a couple years while I attended a Christian school in 9th-10th grade. After arguing my point over a wrong answer on a test, he said, "Julie, you could sell encyclopedias!" I think I convinced him my answer was right. Through this, he taught me that perseverance was pivotal in life and I did go on to publish a book 20 years later! I owe him a debt of gratitude for teaching me the value of having a bull-dog personality. Blessings to your family Bruce, as they cope with your great loss. Thanks for making a difference in my life.
Bill & Susan Delrow left a message on July 14, 2009:
Sarah & family - I've very sorry for your loss. Even though Bruce's life ended way too soon, it's amazing the number of people that he impacted during his time on earth. I (Susan) only worked with Bruce for a short time in Adult Care, but I took from him many lessons on how to work and live life.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Mark Faultersack left a message on July 14, 2009:
Sara, Melissa, Lizzy and Abby,(and everyone else who will miss him), Bruce I were good friends and roommates at UW Madison around 1973-75. We were both new Christians and I consider it a privilege to have experienced Jesus' amazing love and power at the same time as Bruce. Like everyone else who reads this, Bruce was a unique creation, a facet of God's creativity like no other. He had an amazing and energetic creativity himself. It was a gift. The last time I saw Bruce was on my wedding day in 1985, just as I was about to walk down the aisle to my bride. I was looking forward to greeting him after the ceremony, but he was gone. I often thought of reconnecting but we never did. I also never thought I'd completely miss my chance. I am extremely glad to hear that he reconnected with his Friend and Lord Jesus and died true to the One who died for us all. If any of you ever want to hear some of the stories from those times, I'm game.
MaryAnn Zunker left a message on July 13, 2009:
I have known Bruce for years and always respected his honesty. He was a real leader and treated everyone, from all levels, with respect. He inspired others with his words and kindness. I am certain he is bathing in the rays of eternal light with the Lord.
Deb Bauer left a message on July 13, 2009:
It was my privilege to know Bruce from working at K-C in Neenah. I learned much from him about business, but I have learned even more from the way he dealt with the adversity of ALS. I have dealt with far lesser issues with less grace and generosity. The strength he drew from expressions of love & respect remind me of the power to positively impact the lives of my loved ones. Peace, Bruce.
Michael D Tomko left a message on July 13, 2009:
My memories of Bruce go back to when we attended church together in Beaver Dam/Waupun. Spending time talking to Bruce was always a treat. My dad valued his friendship with Bruce. He was a loyal and faithful friend. Bruce you will be missed. Sarah & family my thoughts (with good memories) and prayers are with you.
Colette & Raj Roychoudhury left a message on July 13, 2009:
Dear Sarah, Melissa, Lizzy & Abby, Raj & I worked for Bruce almost a decade ago at Kimberly-Clark. We have fond memories of that experience & Bruce. We were so sad to hear of his passing. And, we can't imagine what you must be going through. May you find some comfort in knowing that you are in the thoughts & prayers of so many people. Also, we have no doubt that Bruce is with God - likely positively influencing Heaven just as he did Earth. With our deepest sympathy, Colette & Raj Roychoudhury PS: We hope you also find some comfort in the following verse: Think... Of stepping on a stone and finding it Heaven; Of taking hold of a hand and finding it God's hand; Of breathing a new air and finding celestial air; Of feeling invigorated and finding immortality; Of passing from storm and tempest to an unknown calm; Of waking and finding you're Home!
John and Andi Crane left a message on July 13, 2009:
Sarah, John and I are so sad for you and your family. No Words seem right but we have said special prayers for you to help keep you strong through this time of such sorrow. Andi and John Crane
John Costello left a message on July 12, 2009:
To Bruce's family - may you be comfort and strength for each other during this time of great sadness. Bruce's video message to his K-C friends warmly touched thousands around the world.
Joe and Bonnita Jansen left a message on July 12, 2009:
You are in are thoughts and prayers Joe and Bonnita
Judy Simon left a message on July 11, 2009:
Dear Sarah and girls, I only knew Bruce for a very short time, but all the things that were writtern about him in the obituary came through in time spent with Bruce. He was a grace-filled man. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May you feel the comforting arms of the Lord around you. Peace and blessings. Judy Simon
Jeff and Denise Koeper left a message on July 11, 2009:
Sarah, Lizzy, Melissa, Abby: We are so sorry for your loss; Bruce was a great and wonderful husband, father and person. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you through this time, and will continue.
Grace Spagnola left a message on July 11, 2009:
I'm thinking of you and your family in prayer and with a smile. With Love, Grace Spagnola
Jill Morgan left a message on July 11, 2009:
Dear Sara, Melissa, Lizzy and Abby, Bruce was a wonderful Godly man and it was my priveledge to have known him for a short time. Please know you will be in our prayers and thoughts through this time. May God bring peace to each of you and Bless you with his love. Sincerely, Jill, Ben and jenny Morgan
Lanie left a message on July 11, 2009:
Some of us that graduated with Bruce from high school just got the news. What a nice guy he was in school. Always a smile or something funny to say. So sorry to hear about this.
Connie Weeman left a message on July 11, 2009:
Sarah, Melissa, Lizzy and Abby - I am so very sorry for your loss.
cindy kort left a message on July 10, 2009:
Sarah * Melissa * Lizzy * Abby * Wishing you PEACE in your hearts as you gather with family and friends to say goodbye to a wonderful "teacher", husband, and father. The gifts you have shared together as a family will give you the strength to go on and to continue carrying out his dreams and wishes to others. Bruce taught us all so much about life and most recently about death. Be comforted by his TRUE love. "Good friends are like stars. You don't always see them, but you know they are always there." FAMILIES ARE FOREVER Peace and my deepest sympathy to your family. Love, Cindy Kort
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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