Bill Payne, 84, passed away July 5, 2012, at the Veteran's Administration Nursing Home in Rifle.
Bill was born July 31, 1927, in Stroud, Okla., to William and Alta Payne. He served his country during World War II by joining the Navy. After his return from the war, he married Ginger Gall on May 10, 1956.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Ginger, and his daughter, Judy Aguirre.
He leaves behind his three children: William (Karen) Payne, Jr., Debra (Alain) Roquet and Lori Wendt; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial will be held at a later date.