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Ronald E Payne

August 14, 1951 ~ December 22, 2020 (age 69)


Ronald E. Payne, 69, of Owensboro, passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at his home. He was born in Breckenridge County to the late James Arthur and Nancy D. DeJarnette Payne.

Ronnie was a truck driver for many years and retired from Quality Carriers. In his younger years, he also spent several years as a mechanic at the Don Moore auto dealership. Mr. Payne was a longtime member of Saints Joseph and Paul Catholic Church and former member of St Pius X Catholic Church. He was also honored to be named a Kentucky Colonel. Ronnie was passionate about drag racing a lot of fun cars, especially the blue 69' Camaro he had for many years. Ronnie enjoyed crossword puzzles and reading Reader's Digest magazines. Most of all, he loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Payne was preceded in death by an infant son, Ronald Paul Payne.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Gracie Payne; children, Chad E. Payne (Clara Combs) and Brandy T. Keelin (Brandon); grandchildren, Colton, Javen and his "little buddy", Rylan Keelin; sisters, Barbara Mattingly and Mary Ann Champion; brothers, James W. (Sharon), Paul V.(Theresa), Donald E. (Tina) and Stewart "Buddy"Payne (Kay); and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM Tuesday, December 29 at Saints Joseph and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation will be Monday from 3:00 until 7:00 PM at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory and Tuesday after 9:00 AM at the church. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery.

The number of those attending the visitation or funeral Mass for Mr. Payne shall be within current health and safety directives. For visitation at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, family and friends shall wear a mask and enter the doors under the canopy on the Triplett Street Side.

Memorial contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd Street,

New York, NY 10016

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Funeral Mass
December 29, 2020

10:00 AM
St Joseph & Paul Catholic Church
4th Street
Owensboro, KY 42303

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