ESTHERVILLE - Funeral services for George Payne, 71, of Estherville will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Pastor Doug Burton officiating. Interment will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Estherville with military graveside rites by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91 of Estherville.
He died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Society in Estherville.
George Howard Payne, the son of Howard Paul and Myrtle (Enderson) Payne, was born Jan. 21, 1939, in rural Emmet County.
He received his education in the Estherville schools, graduating from Estherville High School in 1958. He also attended college at Northrup in California.
On Sept. 11, 1965, he was united in marriage to Sonja Payne in El Segundo, Calif. George served in the United States Air Force and the Army National Guard as a mechanic. He worked at various places including: El Paso, Texas (1959-1963), El Segundo, Calif. (Tumpane Company, Rose Aviation and Flying Tigers 1963-1968), Renton, Wash. (Boeing 1968-1972), White Rock, British Columbia, Canada (Vancouver International Airport and Pacific Western Airlines which was bought out by Air Canada 1972-2004). George retired in 2004 and made his home in Columbia, Md. (2004-2008), Dexter, N.Y. (2008-2009) and in Estherville until his death.
Left to cherish George's memory are his daughters, Livia Payne (Eric Dornberger) and their daughter, Erica Dornberger and Tanja Payne and her son, Kristian Payne; siblings, Sally Nitchals (Ed), Helen Nitchals, Annabelle Soat (Bob) and Jerry Payne (Nancy).
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jimmy Payne and brother-in-law, Lee Nitchals.
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