Walter Raymond Payne, born September 29, 1937 to Thurman and Cloma Payne in Luling, Texas went home to his heavenly reward peacefully on the evening of Sunday May 29, 2016. Walter was surrounded by all of his beloved family in the home that he and his wife of almost 57 years built in 1992. He was 78 years of age.
Walter and Ann were married on June 20, 1959 and had three children. Walter is survived by his wife Elizabeth Ann (Lemon) Payne, Steve & Kennon Payne; Mike & Melissa Payne; Rhonda Payne; granddaughters Kristina & Michal Komorowski and children Connor & Jozef; Stephanie & Randy Buckley and children Christian & Hunter; Nikki Juarez; Megan VanHorn and Lexie Payne. He is also survived by his brother Winston Payne of Hallsville, Texas.
Walter was a graduate of East Texas State University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology and Math. After college Walter spent many years working with NCR as a computer systems analyst and programmer. Walter retired from the computer field in 1995 and decided he needed something to do, so he became trained in small engine repair. He worked for Milberger Nursery for a short time repairing everything from gas powered weed whackers to riding lawn mowers.
In 1996 while working for the nursery, Walter experienced some chest pain and soon thereafter doctor’s discovered some blockages. Walter then had the first of two bypass surgeries, each nearly 10 years apart. Ann then decided that Walter was finished working as a highly decorated technician in the exciting and lucrative world of small engine repair.
Yet again Walter desperately needed something to occupy his time, so he became a professional tinkerer, dabbling in the metallurgical arts as a knife maker, skilled artisan in welded Cowboy art, aspiring golfer, hunting guide and other tasks necessary to keeping a man of his nature occupied.
Between maintaining the landscape of the 5-acre stretch of Texas where he and Ann reside, Walter made knives for the famous and infamous alike. Quite a few local fire departments owe a portion of their equipment to the monies raised from handmade knives Walter generously donated many times over the years. Walter still occasionally did some small engine repair work for his neighbors around where they live.
Anyone who met Walter liked him immediately. He had a kind word and smile…and probably a really bad or corny joke…for anyone he met, and he never met a stranger. From the CEO to the janitor, Walter treated everyone the same and he was in turn loved and respected for it. He will be greatly missed.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the charitable organization of your choosing in Walter Payne’s name.
Viewing and Reflection With Family: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday June 2, 2016 at Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home, 111 Rosewood, Boerne, Texas 78006
Funeral Service: 10:00 a.m. Friday June 3, 2016 at Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home, 111 Rosewood, Boerne, Texas 78006
Weather permitting there will be a brief graveside service at the Boerne Cemetery, 700 N School St, Boerne, TX 78006.