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Bruce Payne

Bruce Edward Payne

Wednesday, January 23rd, 1929 - Monday, July 8th, 2019
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Obituary

Bruce Edward Payne, 90, of Battle Creek, went home to be with the Lord Monday, July 8, 2019. He left his earthly home of over 60 years for his Heavenly home to rejoin his loving Wife, Family, and Friends who have gone before.
He was born January 23, 1929 in Battle Creek to the late, Beatrice M. (Bradshaw) Payne and Russell H. Payne. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1947 and went on to serve in the U.S. Marine Corp. Following his service to our country, he returned to Battle Creek to reunite with his high school sweetheart, Vivian Marie Culp, whom he married on June 19, 1949. They enjoyed a life of devotion to God, each other, their family and friends.
Bruce was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Vivian Marie (Culp) Payne. He is survived by their five children and spouses, Bruce T. (Shelly) Payne, Cynthia Richardson, Janice (Terry) Honeycutt, Marjorie Croteav, and Brian (Deborah) Payne, their Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, Great-Great Grandchildren and brother Ralph Payne.
Bruce attended and was a member of Fort Custer Christian Assembly as well as a prior member of First Assembly of God. He had been in service to his church by setting communion, being an usher, camera man, and door greeter as people arrived for services. He enjoyed his fellowship with the Men’s Promise Keepers Group. Bruce was a Royal Rangers Leader for the Assemblies of God for many years. He was a member of F.F.A., a master gardener, and volunteer gardener at Leila Arboretum and the Historic Bridge Park. He enjoyed dressing and playing the part of a clown at the school festivals for Wattles Park Elementary.
Bruce was a well known scroll saw artist and loved all types of woodworking. He loved to spend hours reading and writing poetry. He enjoyed camping, canoeing, wilderness training, going to their second home up north by Higgins Lake and being outside for any reason at all. Bruce was a devoted backyard gardener who always shared the bounty of his harvest with family and friends.
To all who knew him, he was a humble, Godly man, and provider, protector, leader and pastor to his family. His guidance, wisdom, and direction will be missed by all.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 12th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, July 12th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service
    Address
    375 W. Dickman Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, July 13th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service
    Address
    375 W. Dickman Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Marti Honeycutt

Posted at 10:45am
Grandpa Payne always had a smile on his face and love in is heart for everyone.
He will be missed by all.
Marti Honeycutt
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Wes and Jenna Todd

Posted at 10:48am
From the Todd family. We wish all of you the best during this time.
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Clint Bradshaw

Posted at 08:07pm
So very sorry to hear of the passing of, Bruce. I will miss his kindness and the example he imparted as a husband and father for all to see. Our condolences to the immediate family. We love love you. Clint & Tina Bradshaw.
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Terry Honeycutt

Posted at 05:53pm
Best father in law ever always had time to talk and never left without a hug and a “I love you son” you will be missed
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sherry woodman

Posted at 04:14pm
Pat and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Payne Family! Praying for you all! Pat and Sherry Woodman
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