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Lawrence "Ed" Payne

Lawrence "Ed" Payne, 80, of Sheffield Lake, formerly of Brookfield, Missouri, died Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Ames Family Hospice in Westlake.

He was born January 19, 1933 in Brookfield, Missouri, and was a 1952 graduate of Brookfield High School, where he lettered in football. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and he later attended Northeast Missouri State Teacher’s College, Kirksville, Missouri.

Ed worked 40 years with Burlington Northern Railroad as an engineer and also served five years as Vice Chairman of BLE Railroad Union, retiring in 1992. While in Missouri, he was a member of V.F.W. and Masonic Lodge. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Sheffield Lake and enjoyed golfing, bicycling and photography.

Ed is survived by his wife of 25 years, Gretchen (nee Alberts); daughter, Janet (Eddie) Willet, and son, Lawrence (Elizabeth) Payne, Jr., both of Missouri; step daughter, Michele (Thomas) Reeve of Missouri; step son, Louis Dale Longbrake of Florida; nine grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren; brothers, Pastor Bernard (Sandy) Payne of Iowa, Orville Payne of California, Larry (Cathy) Payne of Missouri, Roger (Cindy) Payne of Missouri; sister, Evelyn Davis of Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence L. and Wilhelmina (nee Passig) Payne; son, Derald Lee Payne; step son, Kevin Longbrake; and step grandson, Jonathan Longbrake.

Dicken Funeral Home, Elyria, handled arrangements. Burial was in Knollwood Cemetery, Mayfield Heights.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 74924, Cleveland, OH 44194-4924.

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