Elmer Ray Payne, 69, of Bellefontaine, passed away Saturday morning, June 15, 2013 at his home. He was born in Springfield, Illinois on March 8, 1944 to the late Delbert and Hazel (Miller) Payne, Sr. He was also preceded in death by a brother Delbert Payne, Jr.
On March 7, 1964, Elmer married the former Georgia Hanson in Russells Point and she survives. He is also survived by children: Ricky (Theresa) Payne of Bellefontaine and Penny Cook of Lima; grandchildren: Tyler Payne, Michael Ray Allen Payne, Katelyn (CJ) Cook, Brittney (fiancé Mikey Jones) Cook, Monica (Adam) Hannah and Falon (Travis) Cooperrider; a great-granddaughter Aubrey Cooperrider; a brother Arthur W. Payne of New Hampshire, Ohio; a sister Beulah Shockey of Milford Center; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Elmer was a truck driver for Roundy’s in Lima for 28+years and attended St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church, Russells Point. He was a member of the Indian Lake Moose and in his spare time, Elmer loved to junk. To his friends at Kamp-A-Lott, “being the reporter he was – you will have to find a new reporter.” Elmer dearly loved his family and will be missed by all.
Friends may call at the Smith-Eichholtz Funeral Home, Lakeview on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 2-4 & 6-8pm. Fr. Patrick Sheridan will celebrate a funeral mass on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11am at St. Mary of the Woods, Russells Point. Burial will be at a later date in Rea Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 1 Danny Thomas Way, Memphis, TN 38105.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.