John “Jack” Payne

07/24/1928 — 07/17/2018

From Kennewick, WA | Born in Port Angeles, WA

John “Jack” Payne

John (Jack) Raymond Payne, age 89, passed away peacefully at home in the
Tri-Cities on July 17, 2018. He was born on July 24, 1928 in Port Angeles,
Washington to Irene and Brooks Payne. Jack grew up in the Port Angeles and
Seattle areas. He moved to Richland, Washington in 1948 and in 1950 joined
the Navy and served in the Korean War on the USS Boxer aircraft carrier until
1953. After the Navy, he spent a year working construction in Alaska then
returned to the Tri-Cities where he met his wife Shirilee (Hehmke) and raised

their four boys.He worked many years out on the Hanford Reservation as a nuclear engineering
Jack loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, boating and
traveling.

technician and retired in 1994. After retirement, he spent his time traveling abroad and boating on their boat “R-Time” in the Puget Sound and the Inland Passage to Alaska.

Family was everything to Jack. He looked forward to family gatherings, water
skiing on the Columbia River, playing cribbage, fishing and watching his kids play
sports.

He was always there for his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Some of his
favorite times were to watch them playing sports and taking them to lunch.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents Brooks and Irene, brother Jim, wife Shirilee and his son Jim Payne.

He is survived by his sons Mike (Amy), John (Tana), and Scott (Carol); grandchildren Ryan (Gretchen), Amy (Hector), Brooks (Dana), Kasey, Danica (Jared), Carly (Aaron), Conley, Jensen, and Brennen; and great grandchildren Ethan, Leah, Melah, Sydnee, Emma, and Jack.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM, at Einan’s Funeral Home, Richland, Washington, with Niche placement to follow.


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  • Dearest Uncle Jack,
    What a fine example of a loving husband, father, teacher, and friend. You patiently taught me and my brother (and many others) how to water ski but we learned so much more from you about life. You and Aunt Shirilee were a beautiful example of marriage, one that I strive to copy. You will be missed by many but we rejoice that you will be in heaven, dancing on the stars with Shirilee.
    Love you,
    Beth

    Beth Stephens Pearson
    August 10, 2018
    Kent, WA
  • Dearest Uncle Jack,
    What a fine example of a loving husband, father, teacher, and friend. You patiently taught me and my brother (and many others) how to water ski but we learned so much more from you about life. You and Aunt Shirilee were a beautiful example of marriage, one that I strive to copy. You will be missed by many but we rejoice that you will be in heaven, dancing on the stars with Shirilee.
    Love you,
    Beth

    Beth Stephens Pearson
    August 10, 2018
    Kent, WA
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