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Leonard William (Bill) Payne


1920 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Leonard William (Bill) Payne Obituary
Leonard William (Bill) Payne August 20, 1920 - June 8, 2012 Leonard was born in Tulsa, OK to Leonard and Margaret Payne on August 20, 1920 and went to be with the Lord (whom he loved dearly) on June 8, 2012. He proudly served his country in WWII in Germany where he met and married his bride, Anna Marie Mendel, his wife of 63 years. Upon moving to Bakersfield in 1952, Leonard started Leonard Payne and Son Trucking Co. Inc. which continues in business and in which Leonard actively participated until two weeks before his death. Leonard accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1957 and his been a member of First Assembly of God Church for many years. He always strived to conduct his business on Christian principles. Leonard was preceded in death by his mother and dad, and two brothers. He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Anna Marie Payne; daughters, Anna Whittington (husband Bill), and Shirley Kirkendall; son, William Emil Payne (wife Janice); grandchildren, Julie Fink, Kelsey, Casey Kirkendall, and William A. Payne; great grandchildren, Kerney and William Fink, Sirius and Marlie Payne; and brother, Sidney L. Payne. A Graveside service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park on Wednesday, June 13, at 9:00 a.m.; and a Memorial service will immediately follow at First Assembly of God with Pastor James Lair, presiding. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on June 12, 2012
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