Obituaries for Sept. 30, 2013

By Baker City Herald September 30, 2013 11:53 am

Paul Peyron

Reno, Nev., 1919-2012

Paul Charles Peyron, 93, also known as “Uncle Dick,” died a year ago on Oct. 9 2012, at Reno, Nev., after a short illness.

He was born on Oct. 4, 1919, to Henry and Louise Peyron. He was raised on the east Baker Valley homestead until enlisting in the 417 Night Fighter Squadron. He chronicled this experience in the book “Viva la Guerre!” After World War II, Paul used his training as an airplane mechanic to land a job with Hughes Air West.

He retired from the airlines in the 1970s as supervisor over the entire West Coast. Men who worked under him for many years said they had never heard him say an unkind word about anyone, though he had the difficult position of liaison between union and management.

After his retirement, he enjoyed traveling to  Europe, retracing his parents’ lives and his war experiences. He and his loving companion, Paule Bosace, flew twice on the Concord.

An avid reader, Paul left an extensive library reflecting his love of current events and history. One of his talents included making history come alive for those who had not lived it.

Though Paul lived the final segment of his life in Reno, Nev., his love for the land his parents homesteaded went unabated. He knew every mound, fence post, rock pile and riser by heart. He was instrumental in taking these memories into the next generations.

“We miss his wisdom, wit, intellectual curiosity, generosity of spirit and steady presence,” his family said.

Survivors include his companion, Paule Bosace; nieces, nephews-in-law and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Henry, Gaston and Pete “Bill,” and his sister, Rose; nephews, Henry Benjamin; and great-nephew, Benjamin David.