BRIMFIELD - Roger T. Payne, 71, of Brimfield passed away at 8:21 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Proctor in Peoria.
Roger was born on Feb. 23, 1942, in West Frankfort, Ill., the son of Samuel and Marie Ford Payne. He first married Patricia Tucker, and later married Carol Forbes on March 6, 1971, in Bartonville.
Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Teresa (Aubrey) Jones of Dudley, N.C.; three grandchildren, Clay (Nadia) Jones of Dudley, N.C., Curtis Jones of Morresville, N.C., and Sr. Airman Derek Jones, currently serving in Afghanistan. He is also the great-grandfather of Jimmy and Natalie, whom Opa loved dearly. Also surviving are one brother, Earl (Jo) Payne of West Frankfort, Ill.; and one sister, Ruth Waters of Lakewood, Colo.
His parents; one brother, Marion Lee Payne; and one sister, LaJoan Lavish, preceded him in death.
He was an honorably discharged U.S. Air Force veteran.
Roger worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Mapleton and Mossville for 29 years, before retiring in 2003 as an assembler.
He was a member of the Brimfield American Legion Post 452, and was a founding member of Northwest United Methodist Church in Peoria.
Cremation rites have been accorded, with a memorial service scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Northwest United Methodist Church, with Pastor Randy Douglass officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to his service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in his name to Northwest United Methodist Church.
Notes of condolences for the family may be sent using www.peoriafuneral.com.
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