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Verlis Payne

September 30, 1929 ~ November 27, 2018 (age 89)

Verlis G. Payne, age 89, of Le Roy, MN died Tuesday, November 27, 2018.


Funeral services for Verlis will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander, MN with Pastor Herman Bakker officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church and will continue for 1 hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Burial will take place in the Ostrander Cemetery. 


Verlis Payne was born September 30, 1929 in Marion, IN 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, IN. After Ruthanna's death Verlis was later united in marriage to Kathleen Miller on December 24, 2009 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA.

Verlis and Ruthanna farmed in Indiana before moving to the Le Roy 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 Le Roy, MN, children; Linda (Dave) Schwenn of Ostrander, MN, Judy (Paul) Johnson of Preston, MN, Gerald (Barb) Payne of Le Roy, MN, Don (Kathryn) Payne of Le Roy, MN, Dale (Lori) Payne of Preston, MN, Cindy (Wayne) Frank of Preston, MN, a daughter-in-law Cindy (Mike) Schmitz of Ironton, MN, a sister Tess Thompson of Fort Madison, IA, a brother Arden Payne of Hudson, IA, 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.


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