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Elmer Ray Payne

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Elmer Ray Payne, 69, of Bellefontaine, passed away Saturday morning, June 15, 2013, at his home.

He was born in Springfield, Ill., on March 8, 1944, to the late Delbert and Hazel Miller Payne Sr. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Delbert Payne Jr.

On March 7, 1964, he married the former Georgia Hanson in Russells Point and she survives, along with children, Ricky (Theresa) Payne of Bellefontaine and Penny Cook of Lima; grandchildren, Tyler Payne, Michael Ray Allen Payne, Katelyn (C.J.) 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 more than 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.

Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Smith-Eichholtz Funeral Home, Lakeview. Father Patrick Sheridan will celebrate a funeral mass at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary of the Woods, Russells Point. Burial is 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.

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