Jim Payne

Jim Payne

TRUMAN — Jim Payne, age 70, of Truman passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, at his home. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Truman, with Pastor Greg Volbrecht officiating.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Zaharia Family Funeral Home in Truman, and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.

Zaharia Family Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.


James Douglas Payne was born Feb. 12, 1949, in Algona, Iowa, to Lucille Deloris (Rath) and Sidney Russell Payne. He attended and graduated from Ledyard High School in Ledyard, Iowa. James enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served time in Vietnam. When he returned from Vietnam, he began working with Sig Clow shelling corn, then landed a job at Railway Motors, where he worked for over 30 years. He loved to go to work and enjoyed his Railway family.

James met and later married Sig’s sister, Carole Clow, on Nov. 1, 1971. To this union, their son Douglas was born.

Jim loved being outdoors hunting, trapping and fishing with Doug and Tony and his numerous friends. He also enjoyed playing cards and following the activities of his two grandchildren, whom he loved dearly. He stayed very close with his basic training buddies, building on the friendships they had formed years ago.

Jim is survived by his son, Douglas (Rachelle) Payne of Truman; two grandchildren, Hunter Carole Payne (fiancé Nick Steffel) and Anthony Roy Payne (Sara Schellpeper); brothers, Jerry (Shirley) Payne of St. Peter, Carl Payne of Swea City, Iowa, Edward (Mary) Payne of Decorah, Iowa; sister, Susan (Chester) Stump of Leesburg, Ind.; brother-in-law, Virgil Hammerschmidt of Belle Plaine; sisters-in-law, JoAnne “Boo” Grani of La Verne, Calif., Elaine “Tem” (Larry) Armstrong of Truman, Allene Clow of Truman; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carole “Poopy” Payne; brother, Sidney Jr. (Marilyn) Payne; brothers-in-law, Roy Jr. “Sig” (Ramona) Clow, Donald Grani and Tony “Punk” Clow; sisters-in-law, Kareen “Teet” Hammerschmidt, Odell “Sis” Payne, and Bonnie “Nubbie” (Erhardt) Grefe.