Verlis Payne, 89, father of Ostrander woman

Verlis Payne

Verlis G. Payne, 89, of LeRoy, died on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.

He was born on Sept. 30, 1929, in Wells County, Ind., to Garth and Fern (Shadle) Payne.

He graduated from Jackson Center High School in Indiana in 1947.

He was united in marriage to Ruthanna Love on June 12, 1948, in Montpelier, Ind.

The couple farmed in Indiana before moving to the LeRoy area in 1957, where he then farmed all his life. He was the past chairman of the Fillmore County DFL. He was a farmer through and through and enjoyed the time he spent riding in his John Deere combine. His farm was his livelihood and one of the greatest loves of his life.

He was later united in marriage to Kathleen Miller on Dec. 24, 2009, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

He is survived by his second wife, Kathleen Payne of LeRoy; children, Linda (Dave) Schwenn of Ostrander, Judy (Paul) Johnson of Preston, Gerald (Barb) Payne of LeRoy, Don (Kathryn) Payne of LeRoy, Dale (Lori) Payne of Preston and Cindy (Wayne) Frank of Preston; a daughter-in-law, Cindy (Mike) Schmitz of Ironton, Minn.; a sister, Tess Thompson of Fort Madison, Iowa; a brother, Arden Payne of Hudson, Iowa; 14 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruthanna Payne; a son, Monte Payne and a granddaughter, Holly Johnson.

Funeral services for him were held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander with the Rev. Herman Bakker officiating. Burial took place in the Ostrander Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made out to Trinity Lutheran Church or the Eagles Cancer Telethon.

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