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January 10, 2013

Gerald Payne

TRAVERSE CITY — Gerald Payne, 75, of Traverse City, passed away Jan. 7, 2013, at Bortz Health Care Center.

Born July 19, 1937, he was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Wilma (Ruegsegger) Payne; and his sister, Jean Davis.

Gerry graduated from Traverse City Central High in 1955.

Throughout his life he owned Payne's Country Corner, volunteered for East Bay Fire Department and sold fire equipment in northern Michigan. In 1998, after 10 years of faithful service as a security officer at Traverse City Senior High, he retired.

Some of Gerry's interests were watching the Tigers play and NASCAR races, racing snowmobiles and stock cars, plowing snow and bowling.

Gerry will be lovingly missed by his daughter, Patricia (Phillip) Gault; son, Michael (Julie) Payne; daughter, Nancy (Michael) Chambon; grandchildren, Patrick, Phebe and Pauline Gault, Joshua Payne and Samantha and Jeremy Chambon; brother-in-law, Gordon Davis; and his sweet poodle, Kelly.

A private family memorial service is planned for Sunday.

Memorial contributions may be considered to East Bay Fire Association, 110 High Lake Road, Traverse City, MI 49696.

Please share your fond memories and condolences at

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City.

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