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Verlis Payne -- LeRoy

December 2, 2018

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

Funeral services for Verlis will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander, with Pastor Herman Bakker officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Trinity Lutheran Church and will continue for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Burial will take place in the Ostrander Cemetery.

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

Verlis and Ruthanna 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. Verlis 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 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 parents; his first wife, Ruthanna Payne; a son, Monte Payne; and a granddaughter, Holly Johnson.

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

Condolences may be left at www.Hindtfuneralhomes.com.

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