BATAVIA — Gary Richard Payne, 72, of Batavia, passed away suddenly on Friday, (Feb. 5, 2021) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mr. Payne was born Aug. 26, 1948, in Corning, a son of the late Glen and Margaret Payne.

Gary served with the US Navy. He enjoyed fishing, polka music, and watching NASCAR and horse racing. He lived an amazing life and, at one time, sang along side Wayne Newton while in Texas, where he began his love of country music and yodeling.

Surviving are his fiance, Susan Carpenter; a son, Jeffrey Payne; stepson, John (Jennifer Franklin) Carpenter; and a sister, Joanne VanFleet.

There will be no visitation. A private service will be held for his family. Mr. Payne will be interred in the WNY National Cemetery in Pembroke. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, Processing Center, PO Box 863765, Orlando, FL 32886.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at

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