John A. Payne, 69, of Bellefontaine, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2023 at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima following a long, hard fought battle with failing health.
John had an ornery streak and rarely missed a chance to torment those closest to him. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. As a youth he played baseball in Rushsylvania and was involved with the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting in his younger years and was a longtime member of the Moose Lodge 2563 in Bellefontaine. John also enjoyed crocheting, making many beautiful blankets for his family.
Born August 29, 1953 in Bellefontaine, he was the son of the late Ora Payne and Florence (Hardy) Payne-Eastman. He was also preceded in death by a son, Joe Payne; a sister, Jeanne Ann Bauman; a brother, Kenny Payne and a grandchild.
He is survived by his daughters, Carrie (Kenny) Dolan and Maggie (Jerry) Birt, both of Bellefontaine; a son, John Payne of Bellefontaine; 6 grandchildren; brothers, Bob (Shirley) Payne of Bellefontaine and Myron Payne of East Liberty; sisters, Peg (Steve) Ball and Sue Prater, both of Dayton; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends.
In keeping with John’s wishes, no calling hours or funeral services will be held. A luncheon to celebrate his life will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, January 28, 2023 at the VFW Post 1080 216 Orchard Ave. Bellefontaine. Those attending are kindly asked to bring a covered dish to share. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family and will take place at a later date. If desired, memorial contributions can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice in memory of John. Wilson Funeral Home, Schnurrenberger Chapel 222 W. Center St. West Mansfield is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.wilsonfuneralhomesinc.com