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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. Vera on October 5, 2017 at 8:06 am

    My thoughts, and Prayers, and hugs are with you all!

  2. MIRKO MARIC on October 6, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of my dear friend. He was a fantastic individual who will be greatly missed everyone who knew him.
    Dear Tom, I was lucky to meet at MVP pool person as you have been.
    Always when we were together at MVP, in the pool atmosphere has been changed from good to much better.
    Thank you for your friendly [relationship] attitudes toward all people around you. Thank you for all your jokes we made in pool to make just a fun, Thank you for singing songs while pool class is on: Country roads, Charlie Brown and so on. Thank you for all your generosity, honesty, your Christian Faith to our Savior and thank you for all you sacrifice for our state being in military forces.
    Your friend, Mirko Maric, your Umpaaaa

  3. Robert Gaver on October 6, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Sorry to his whole family for your lose.

  4. Martha on October 6, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    It’s awfully lonesome without you next door, and miss you in our church family. Our hearts still aching, but so very grateful to have you as a friend & a dear brother in the Lord, knowing we will see you again someday in our eternal Home. “In Christ Alone”…loved hearing you sing that. But, for now, too quiet & empty here. Prayers for your family, and for all who love you & miss you, too! -Martha & Bill

  5. Ardith Payne on October 7, 2017 at 6:11 am

    I will miss my brother dearly. My heart goes out to his children Thomas
    A Payne Jr his wife Amy and his 3 grand daughters, and his daughter,. D’Andra Denslow her husband Shane and their 2 daughters. Also his great grandson. Also his close friend Judy Zimmerman. R. I. P my awesome brother Tom Payne Sr.

  6. 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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