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Ronald “Ron” Payne

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An outdoor celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021, from 2-5 p.m. at 121 Chestnut Ridge, Walled Lake, MI, 48390, with a brief service at 3:30 p.m. A light lunch will also be provided.  

Ronald “Ron or Papaw” Payne, age 62, loving husband, brother, father, and grandfather, passed away, Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Ron was born in Paris, Tennessee, on April 28, 1958, and worked in the pipefitter/welding industry. On December 20, 1979, he married Carol (Cochran) Payne in Troy, Michigan, and he instantly became the father of two children.

Ron loved living in Lewiston, riding four-wheelers, and enjoying the outdoors. He was always making people smile and laugh with his sarcastic manner. Ron was everyone’s biggest supporter, and he was always happy for all the good things in everyone else’s life, as though it was his own. Ron loved to camp, fish, and make many friends but, most of all, he loved his grandchildren.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; Hullie and Mary Sue Payne.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; his two children; Rita (Mark) Lariviere and Kelly (Doug F.) Champine; his seven grandchildren, Mark (Kerry) Lariviere, Amber (Michael) Griffin, E.J. (Becky A.) Champine, Madison Champine, Allison (Marc C.) Lariviere, Skyler Lariviere, Journey Champine; one great-granddaughter, Scarlett Champine (Madison’s daughter) and a second great-grandchild on the way, Aspen Lou (Mark and Kerry’s daughter); seven siblings, Margaret Rank, Andy (Pat) Payne, Randy (Faye) Payne, Bob (Cindy) Payne, Kathy Anchor, Rick (Dana) Payne, Mike (Amy) Payne; and several nieces and nephews whom he adored.

In lieu of flowers or memorial donations, please leave a memory of Ron for the family to look back on.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

5 comments on “Ronald “Ron” Payne”

  1. I always loved Ron. He loved to give me a hard time. He was an all around great guy. He will truly be missed.
    I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. I use to see him when I worked at Rite Aid, and whenever I seen him out in public, he always would make sure he said hello to me.

    • I was just telling someone the story about all the grandparents at Amber’s wedding. He made me laugh more than anyone on that trip. Hollering “DO YOU WANT SOME COFFEE”, every morning. It was sweet to see how he took care of your mom. I’m so very sorry for your loss and so happy we got to spend that time together. Grateful for the memories. ❤️

      • Having known Ron for 40 + years (we go way back…Lol) Such a kind, witty soul, you could always count on him for his “ whittisisim.”! He always had a willingness to help anyone. He worked hard to provide for his family, loved his grandchildren with all of his being and boasted about their accomplishments, as the proud Papaw. I will miss him immensely. My many conversations with Carol, and his many comments in the background to me. I am thankful that we were able to spend time with him and Carol in Lewiston last summer. We never know. If he can be remembered for one thing, it would be that he loved everyone, and he never met a stranger. Being Christian, we rely on God’s promise. This is not goodbye, it’s until we see each other again. Please keep Carol and his family, in your continued prayers. Love you Ron💜

        • Suzie Schroeder

          We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad and Papaw. Praying that all the loving memories of him bring your family comfort as you move through your grief. Sending all our love.

          The Schroeder Family

          • Christine Hood

            Carol, I’m so sorry for your loss, I wish I was there so I could hug you tight. I love you all, you are my “big sis”.
            Ron was a good guy, he will be missed. Love you!

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