Kenneth R. “Skeeter” Payne

September 08, 1944 ‒ November 04, 2019

Bellville, Ohio


BELLVILLE: Kenneth R. “Skeeter” Payne passed away Monday, November 4, 2019 in OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.  He was 75.

He was born September 8, 1944 in Sarton, West Virginia to the late Donald and Viola (Broyles) Payne and was graduated from Clear Fork High School in 1964.

Ken first worked in construction, and was employed at Smurfit Stone for 42 years, retiring in 2006.  He was an active member of IBEW serving as past president.

Known as “Skeeter” to friends and family he enjoyed bowling and softball in his early adulthood.  He was also an avid trapper and liked hunting.  More recently he occupied himself designing and making Cornhole boards.  Referred to as the “lawn mower king” he was always puttering around with the mower and in the garage.  Once a NASCAR Fan, Ken’s man was Mark Martin, the sport was never the same as of late.  He occupied the chair on Saturdays and Sundays cheering for his Michigan Wolverines or Green Bay Packers or playing cards and board games with his family.

Described as laid back, non-confrontational and humorous, Ken loved to make people laugh.  His day wasn’t complete until you had a smile on your face.  If he were serious or stern, Ken was quick to  resolve conflict saying, “Well, I didn’t mean to ruffle your feathers!”

Ever dedicated to his family, Ken believed they were most important and he was ever thoughtful of them all.

He is survived by his wife Linda (Spearman) Payne whom he married May 26, 1972; children Terrie Payne (Max Kelley) of Galion, Gerri Payne (Tim Jacobs) of Crestline, Jason (Kathleen) Payne of Narragansett, RI, Denice (Gerald) Crowner of Butler; 7 grandchildren Zachary Kabes, Courtney, Jackson and Edward Payne, Madalyn Coyle, and Garrett and Carson Crowner; a great granddaughter Aiyana Johnson; sister and brother-in-law Delores and George Raines of Mansfield;  along with beloved nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by siblings James Payne, Mary Sue Wolfgang and Donna Parker.

Friends may call Friday, November 8, 2019 from 11 am to 2 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where a service honoring Kenneth R. “Skeeter” Payne will follow at 2 pm.  Pastor Patrick Bailey will speak and interment will be at a later date in Bellville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Bellville-Jefferson Twp. Fire and Rescue Squad.

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  • Oh My Goodness completely floored me to see his Picture pop up. Broke my heart I’m so sorry for y’all to have to go through this. I wish I could be there. I lived by them when we were little a (couple years ago🥴) I was always at there house playing with Denice watching Jason play basketball or like they said watching Ken mess around with his lawnmower. He will be greatly missed! Love y’all 😘😘. ❤️Crystal Coldwell-Utsler

  • Terrie, Gerri, Jason and Denise, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father, and to you Linda your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • The Ashley family would like to sending loving thoughts and prayers to the Payne family at the loss of such a down to earth man, we have heard a lot of wonderful stories over the years from Jay on his Dad. Rest in peace fine sir.

  • I am Timmy Jacobs mother. I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Kenneth and he seemed like a very nice man. My Condolences. My heart goes out to every one of you.

  • Kenneth Payne Family

    I am so sorry for your loss. Skeeter was such a nice man.

    Sending Hugs and Prayers to you all.

    Debbie Weikle

  • Thoughts and prayers for strength for you all.. was lucky to meet and have the Wolfgang family in our life, hugs and love ‘Aunt Dorty ‘❤️ Tess

  • So Sorry for your Loss My prayers and thoughts are with all of you,God be with you all in your time of need

  • Linda & Family,
    So sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. I never met him, but I remember you always talking about him and your family at work.
    May your heart be filled with peace and I hope you feel God’s loving presence at this difficult time.
    Lifting your entire family in prayer in your loss.