YANKTON, S.D. — Dick Payne, age 83, of Yankton, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at his residence in rural Yankton with his son and daughter by his side.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, at United Church of Christ Congregational in Yankton with Reverend Joe Schulte officiating. Burial will be in the Yankton City Cemetery. Visitation is Monday, June 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the funeral on Tuesday at the church. The family would like to invite everyone out to the farm following the service for snacks and refreshments.
Dick Payne was born Aug. 5, 1926, to Armour and Pearl (Davis) Payne in Moville, Iowa. His family moved to Yankton when he was 11 years old, and Dick attended school there. He began practicing auctioneering when he was 13, and began his auction career when he was 16. He worked for Anderson Livestock Sales (now Stockmen’s) in Yankton, Sturgis Livestock Exchange in Sturgis; Miller Sale Barn in Miller; Bales Continental Commission Company in Huron; and conducted countless purebred cattle and horse sales. In 1964, he won fourth place in the National Livestock Auctioneer Contest in Richmond, Va. He was married to Marina (Schmidt) Payne for 56 years. He joined his father, Armour, and together they operated Payne & Payne Auctioneers, and Payne & Payne Livestock Order Buyers. From 1949 to 1974, Dick operated Stewart & Payne Auctioneers. After 1974, Dick worked by himself in Payne Auctioneers until his son Jim joined him, becoming the third generation of Payne auctioneers. In 2003, Dick was inducted into the South Dakota Auctioneers Hall of Fame.
Dick was a 60-year member of the Yankton Shrine Club, 60-year member of the St. John’s Masonic Lodge No. 1 A.F. & A.M., 60-year member of the Yankton Elks Lodge No. 994, South Dakota and National Auctioneer Associations, and a proud member of the National Fjord Registry. He loved driving teams of horses in parades, and pulling covered wagons.
He is survived by his special friend, Norma DeJong of Volin; two children, Jim Payne of Yankton and Patty (Allan) Karell of Billings; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild on the way; sister Dessa Taylor of Yankton; and brother-in-law, Charles Larson of Yankton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Nancy Payne; two sisters, Carol Larson and Naomi Payne; brother, Chester; and brother-in-law, Bud Taylor.
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