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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Richard E. "Dick" Payne, 63, Shinglehouse, PA

Richard E. “Dick” Payne
“loving husband, father, & grandfather”

Shinglehouse, PA---Richard E. “Dick” Payne, 63, of Shinglehouse, PA, died Wednesday, May 28, 2008 in his home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born June 15, 1944 in Johnstown, PA, he was a son of Earl E. and Clara L. LaBarr Payne. On September 5, 1993 in Shinglehouse, PA, he married Helen D. Phillips, who survives.

He was a graduate of Lake Lehman High School in Dallas, PA, class of 1962 and a graduate of Duffs Business Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Payne was employed by Stromberg-Carlson Corporation as a telephone central office equipment installer traveling all over the United States. Later he was employed by Breezewood Telephone Company, retiring as general manager in 1990. He then worked as a consultant for C.C.S. in Factoryville, PA.

He was a member of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M in Shinglehouse, a member of Everett Lodge #524 F. & A.M. in Everett, PA, and a member of the Coudersport Consistory. He was also a member of the NRA, a 25 year member of the Breezewood Volunteer Fire Company, and a member of the former Oswayo Valley Lions Club in Shinglehouse, PA. Mr. Payne enjoyed hunting, fishing, 4 wheeling, woodworking, riding his motortrike, and traveling.

Surviving besides his wife are four children: Joseph R. (Kim) Payne of Breezewood, PA, Laurie A. (Jamie) Karstetter of Roaring Spring, PA, M. Scott (Sheila) Fuller of Tunkhannock, PA, and Kris P. (Theresa) Fuller of Syracuse, NY; twelve grandchildren: Aaron J. Payne, Kasi M. Payne, Preston J. Karstetter, Bryan Whitfield, Kelli Whitfield, Michael S. Fuller, Marisa S. Fuller, Aimee L. Wilder, Sierra P. Wilder, Maggie A. Fuller, Rebecca C. Fuller, and Justin T. Fuller; one great-grandson, Owen Paul Whitfield; a sister, Susan P. Smith of Aliquippa, PA; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Payne was predeceased by his parents.

Friends may call on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, PA, will officiate. Committal services and burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, PA.

Members of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M. will conduct memorial services on Friday evening at 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Oswayo Valley Rod & Gun Club, PO Box 186, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

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