John E. Payton

April 30, 2015

John E. Payton 71, of Michigantown, IN, died at 12:45 a.m. April 30, 2015 at his home.  Born February 7, 1944 in Frankfort to the late James E. “Shine” & Alberta (Nation) Payton.  He married Kathy Kingsolver on August 23, 1968 and she survives.  Mr. Payton was a 1962 graduate of Clinton Central and attended Purdue University. He was a lifelong Clinton County resident. He worked as an independent sales representative with Denison Industries, retiring in 2008. John was a member of the Eagles Lodge Aerie #976. He enjoyed golfing, was an avid sports fan and loved spending time with family and friends.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 4th at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Clinton County Humane Society.

Survived by:

Wife: Kathy Payton of Michigantown and Son: Eric Payton of Frankfort.

Preceded by:

a brother, Jim Payton in 2005 and a half- brother, Troy Payton.


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25 Condolences for “John E. Payton”

  1. Joan Strange April 30, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    He was a great classmate and friend. When Chuck and I owned the Townhouse he visited us a lot. My prayers for the family he has left behind.

  2. Debbie Voorhis (Richey) April 30, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of John Payton. I knew him in high school at Clinton Central. He was a fun loving person. I pray that God will comfort his family, Kathy and Eric, as they grieve.

  3. Larry Higgins May 1, 2015 at 5:36 am

    To: The Payton Family:

    I can’t thank you enough for being there for our entire family through the years. I am grateful for all the good & bad times and there will always be a place in my heart for you. I am saddened by your news. Please know that your family will always be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I am holding a picture of you were you are strong and joyful and full of love and healing and I am always here for you.

    With Love.
    Larry Higgins

  4. Ron Coleman May 1, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Dear Family,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. God bless. Ron & Erilda Coleman – Foley, AL

  5. Suilon Benjamin May 1, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Dear Kathy & Eric,
    So sorry for such a sudden loss of the love of your lives…The video already was wonderful and I hope gives you comfort to share all those treasured memories…All your hospital co-workers are thinking of you and praying for you…Please call on us at any time…You are blessed to have each other… We were all blessed to have known John and enjoy the fun spirit he was…May her Rest In Peace…May your Faith see you through…
    Love & God Bless, Suilon

  6. Nancy Conklin May 1, 2015 at 8:16 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Eric. Keeping you and your family in prayer. I know what its like to lose your dad…it will become bearable with time. Thinking of you. 🙁

  7. Janet Lemons Osborn May 1, 2015 at 8:17 am

    The loss of John is a sorrow I cannot express. He was always my favorite, and he knew it, and at times used that against me. I am comforted to know he is Home and re-united with all our family who awaited him, and is no doubt this very moment joyfully embracing life on the other side, as he joyfully embraced life with us on earth. I will not grieve for John, but shall cherish every single memory of his life, and rejoice to know he is in a far better place, with our Father. Cathy and Eric, may your hearts be filled with the memory of John’s love for you. I am sorry for your loss, and join you in your sorrow.

  8. Steven “Tiny” Timmons May 1, 2015 at 8:26 am

    I am truly sorry to hear about John’s passing. He has been a great friend for a lot of years. I always enjoyed talking to him. He will be missed by all of his brother Eagles for sure. Rest In Peace Mr. Payton.

  9. Carol Rodibaugh May 1, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Oh, I was so saddened to read this, this morning. Two great guys: Jim and John. Good natured, kind and helpful. Always so good to their mother, Bertie. We live in the house that John built and, although some changes have been made to it through the years, in my mind it will always be “Payton’s Corner”.
    My warm thoughts of comfort are flowing to you.

  10. Becky Rhodes Moore Turner May 1, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I have been wanting to see Johnny since I returned to Frankfort after 38 years away. But it just did not happen, and I have been thinking about him. I heard he was not well.
    Please know you all are in my prayers. God bless his sweet soul.

  11. Becky Rhodes Moore Turner May 1, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I forgot to say that the video was so wonderful. He had a full rich life with a loving wife and son. God bless you both at this time of sorrow.

  12. Chad Ray May 1, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Sorry to hear about your loss. I always enjoyed seeing John at Bruno’s and being invited to his golf events. He will be missed.

  13. Mary Ann and Stephen L. Avery May 1, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Kathy: Sorry to hear about your loss! We moved back over 8 years ago after being gone for ever! If you ever get over by Geist in Indy give us a call! Stephen Avery

  14. Carolyn Adams May 1, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of your husband’s death. You are in my prayers at this difficult time.

  15. Beth Chorrushi May 1, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    So sorry for your loss Kathy. Prayers for peace and strength for you and yours.

  16. Gene (Bud) Colin May 1, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    John, my cousin, you will be missed. Kathy & Erick I am so sorry for your loss. I was not aware John was going down hill. I thought he was getting better. May God take good care of him. Kathy, if there is anything I can do for you just ask and it will be done. See you soon.

  17. Gene Milner & Family May 2, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I was very saddened to hear of the passing of my great friend of our youth. We shared much laughter, back those so many years ago. John, old friend, your family and many, many friends are in my prayers. May God take care of you and your family during this difficult time. Gene Milner, an old friend from when we were young and looking forward to the future. I cherish those memories. Thank YOU!

  18. Gene (Bud) & Ardis Colin May 2, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Kathy & Eric, We are so sadden on the loss of your loved one and my Cousin John. We will miss him so much. I do remember all of the good times we have had together. When John, and Uncle Bob & Uncle Chuck and Junior would come up to Manistee to go fishing we always had a great time. I still remember all of the cook out’s when you and John lived on that small lake next to Jim’s house. Boy, didn’t we have great times. And all of the family reunions that we could make it to. Yes, we will miss having John around but he is now in a better place with our God and his Mom & Dad and other family members & all of his friends that have passed away before him. Watching the video sure did bring back some wonderful memories and we will never forget John and family because you are all loved.

  19. Jean (Powell) Wiyatt May 2, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Kathy and Eric,
    I just heard about John. I’m so very sorry and want you to know you are in my prayers at this difficult time.

    Jean and Steve Wiyatt

  20. Wendy (Colin) Stuemke May 2, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Kathy & Eric I’m so so truly sorry for your excruciating loss. I loved John so much & remember all the good times we had having our family reunions at the house next to Jim’s so many wonderful memories the dirt bikes, fishing so much fun. Loved listening to Uncle Bob, Jim & John go back & forth with their endless jokes & laughter. Those were the days that’s for sure. I also remember John coming up to Michigan to visit us & he would head straight over to the White Castle right across from my dad’s Allstate office I used to sit in the window & watch him across the street eating his cheeseburgers that he so couldn’t wait to have because you didn’t have a White Castle down there I guess. Anyways so much to say not enough space but love all of you & please know that he will be truly missed. First thing I said to mom & dad was well at least he’s in a better place having a great time with Jim & Uncle Bob & everyone else. Love you so much, Wendy from Shelby Township, Michigan

  21. Bill and Cathy May 2, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Thinking and praying for Eric and Kathy. We loved John and miss him already. Will miss calls from Kathy Payton’s social secretary. We had a lot of good times and laughed a lot. Until we are all together again in glory, rest in peace my friend.

  22. Deb Villars May 3, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Kathy so sorry for your loss . Prayers for peace and strength for you. Take care of yourself. Love & Hugs, Deb Villars

  23. Mr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Long May 3, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    My sincere condolences for John’s family and his many friends. I enjoyed playing golf with John for several years and he was a good friend to me and I will miss him. I hope your family and friends get many prayers over the next few weeks to help you with your grief and mourning.

  24. Ron Best May 8, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Sorry to hear of John’s passing, I remember him fondly.

  25. L Brooks April 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Many many good memories of being with you all. Dennis and Fran Brooks

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