Charles William Payne
July 6, 1930 - November 25, 2019
Charles Payne was born in McMinnville, Oregon to Sophia Schulson and Loren Payne. Raised on his mother’s farm located on a road called Poverty Bend, Charles had three sisters (Mildred Philippi, Vivian McGranahan, and Florence Thies) three half-brothers, Oscar, Lester (Bud) and Roy and one half-sister, (May). Sophia gave Charles many gifts, including a passion for reading and an understanding of the importance of family. As a child of the depression, life was rarely easy, but their family was strong and happy.
After Charles enlisted to serve in the Korean war, he returned to his family where he worked on the family farm. He was known to have a second sense for all creatures. He had a particularly soft spot for Guernsey cows, goats, dogs and young people.
Charles first met the love of his life, Winifred, at a dance in the hills of Yamhill county. They were married in 1956. Winnie and Charles made their home on a little plot of land - just big enough for a small farm in southern Klamath county, where he could share his love of reading, fishing and animals with his kids, Michelle, John and Susan. Always game for an adventure, Charles annually took his family backpacking in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness in the fall and to the Oregon coast every summer. Charles and Winnie traveled more extensively to China and Thailand in later years.
Charles and Winnie were active members of the Klamath community for 54 years. Charles received his Associates Degree in Agricultural Technology proudly attended Mt. Laki Presbyterian Church for over 44 years. He loved live music and performance, especially the Cowboy and Fisher-poets gatherings.
Charles was an avid volunteer for the SMART program for over 16 years. Charles never met a stranger. He genuinely loved people, and he was always in pursuit of an authentic human connection. He studied philosophy and the major world religions. He was interested in differing perspectives. Charles took his civic responsibilities very seriously, always noting it is a privilege to vote.
Charles is survived by his wife, Winnie Payne; daughters, Michelle (Steve Jones) and Susan (Morgan Allen) and their daughter, Sophia; son, John (Susan Kleeman); his granddaughter, Channell Murphy and her son Gavin.
Services will take place on Saturday, December 7th at 11am at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center located at 287 SW Washington St. Dallas, OR 97338. For questions about the service, please contact the center at 503.623.2325.