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Thomas Allen Payne Sr., age 69, of Wyoming, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

Thomas was preceded in death by his wife, Nina; grandson, Shane Cole Denslow Jr.; parents, Alfred and Marion
(Hammer) Payne; siblings, Alfred (Sonny) Payne, Ken Payne, Roger (Butch) Payne, and Ron Payne.

Tom is survived by his son, Tom Jr. (Amy) Payne, of Wyoming, MI; daughter, D’Andra (Shane) Denslow, of Cape Coral, FL; sisters, Marion Shook, Marcia Payne, and Ardith Payne; the joys of his life… his granddaughters, Meghan Payne, Abigail Payne, Zoe Payne, N’Eveah Denslow, and Khaleesi Denslow; his great-grandson, Bentley Scheck; a great-granddaughter due in October; and his special friend, Judy Zimmerman.

Tom was a Marine Corps Veteran and a patriot who loved his country. He was active at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church where he had many friends, and Vietnam Veterans of America, and was passionate to his commitment to Veteran’s causes.

Tom was the loving uncle to countless nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews, and was the guy everyone turned to for a shoulder or a hand. He will be sorely missed by many.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4201 Burlingame Ave. S.W., Wyoming, where a luncheon will take place after the service. 

Honoring his wishes cremation will take place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Tom’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, exclusive provider of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Elizabeth Berryhill-Felker on October 13, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Going to miss Uncle Tom coming up and drowning worms at my house. For the past 7 years he has been a constant figure here at the lake. His love for fishing kept him calm and his mind busy. The dock which was built here was done by Uncle Tom and my brother Gary. Sometimes Uncle tom only came up because I was cooking something he liked or we would be in the kitchen making tamales. There are so many memories right now in my home that keep him alive in my mind… I miss you Uncle Tom and know you are at peace. Prayers to the kids and grands that they do well and I hope they know I am here if they need me. You were well loved… and you loved well….

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