Paul Edward Pavlak

Paul Edward Pavlak was born to Peter Pavlak and Helena (Day) in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on Nov. 20, 1935.

He graduated from high school in Wilkes-Barre and completed two years of college at the University of Maryland, along with several military trade schools. He moved to Lewistown, Montana in 1966.   He worked as a mechanic for Oliver Implement and then for Western Motors in Lewistown. He was hired by the Montana Department of Transportation. He retired from the MDOT 35 years later as a Field Maintenance Supervisor. While he was employed at the highway department he was very active in the union, holding offices of president, secretary and steward.  

He retired from the military after 34 years of service: 12 years of active duty in the Air Force and 22 years in the Army Reserve. In the Air Force he held the rank of master sergeant, and his duties included mechanic, military police officer, a power production specialist, platoon sergeant and first sergeant. He was stationed in occupied Japan, occupied Korea, occupied Germany, England, Alaska and numerous other state side air bases.  

Paul was an active member of the Lewistown community. He was a passionate advocate for improvements to the Montana State Fish Hatchery. As a scout master in Lewistown over a number of years he took scout troops to Camp Nappi in Babb, Mont., and Bob Marshall Wilderness many times.  He was a member of the Moose Lodge, the Eagles and the American Legion.  

Paul is survived by his wife, Darlene, who he married on April 20, 1997. During their 26 years of marriage most summers were spentenjoying his favorite outdoor activities, boating, and fishing. After their retirement, Paul and Darlene were considered permanent summer residents by the locals at Canyon Ferry Lake. Additional hobbies he enjoyed were gardening and carpentry.  

He is also survived by his brother, Bob, his six children, Nekola, Angela, Jennifer, Michael, Lorena and Rachel, and Darlene’s children Susan, Julie, Kipp, and Jay along with their spouses, children and grandchildren. Paul Pavlak, his sense of humor, and quick wit will be sincerely missed.  

Paul’s favorite saying was, “I am proud to be a husband, a father and a soldier. My only regrets are I wasn’t a better husband, a better father or a better soldier.”

A memorial is planned for 11 a.m. Friday, June 30 at the Montana State Fish Hatchery, with a reception following memorial at the Moose Lodge.



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