Gregory "Greg" Payne, age 57, of Parkers Prairie, died Sunday January 31, 2016, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.
Memorial Services are 2 p.m., Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie with Rev. Kirk Lee officiating. Music is provided pianist, Julie Lindgren. Military honors accorded by the Minnesota Honor Guard and Parkers Prairie American Legion Post #219.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church.
Gregory Gene Payne was born on August 28, 1958, to Gene and Marion (Miller) Payne in Parkers Prairie. He was baptized at Elmo Lutheran Church and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He attended Parkers Prairie Public Schools. Following his education he served in the United States Army stationed in Germany where he received honors for marksmanship. Following his honorable discharge he was united in marriage to Sue Tomford on June 4, 1983, at Leaf Mountain Lutheran Church and to this union two daughters were born, Shauna and Krystle. Greg and his family lived in Elmo Township on the Melvin Miller farmstead later moving to Parkers Prairie where he lived until his death. Greg worked with his father in construction for five years before working with Continental Bridge in Carlos as a welder and fork lift operator for 27 years. Greg spent the last two years pursuing his dream of driving truck for Central Specialties of Alexandria. Greg was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. He was also a certified scuba diver.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Marion in 1996; brother, Randy in 2014; and grandparents, Melvin (Ethel) Miller and Calvin (Thelma) Payne.
Greg is survived by his two daughters, Shauna Payne and Krystle Payne both of Sebeka; grandson, Rafael Shaw; father, Gene (Barb) Payne of Parkers Prairie; two brothers, Steven (Terri) Payne of Parkers Prairie and Doug (Carol) Payne of Prior Lake; step-brother, Joey (Karen) Simonson of Parkers Prairie; and nieces and nephews.
Urnbearers are Steven Payne, Doug Payne, Gene and Barb Payne.