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Funeral services will take place on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM (Mountain).

United Church
Philip, South Dakota

Pine Lawn Memorial Park
Rapid City, South Dakota
A visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 19 at Rush Funeral Home in Philip.

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In memory of

Norman "Norm" Payne

of Philip, South Dakota, died on Friday, February 12, 2021 at Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City at the age of 82

Norman Orville Payne, better known as “Norm” by his family and friends, was born September 5, 1938, in Aurora County, South Dakota, son of Orville Payne and Florence (Beers) Payne. He grew up in rural Aurora county helping on the family farm. Norm received his elementary education in rural Firesteel Township schools. He graduated from Plankinton High School in 1956. Norm worked for several local farmers and then drove livestock pullmans at both Plankinton and Belle Fourche, South Dakota.

Norm started working line construction in 1960 for a contractor out of Fargo, North Dakota and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In June 1961, he began working for West Central Electric Co-op as an apprentice lineman. In 1962, he was initiated into the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and in 1963 he was promoted to a Journeyman Lineman. Norm retired as a line foreman in Philip on January 1, 2002.

Norm was united in marriage to Kay Abel on May 12, 1963. Two children blessed this marriage: Douglas Dean born May 9, 1964, and Kaelyn Sue born August 22, 1970.

During his life in Philip, Norm was a member of the Methodist United Churches, helped with both the Boy Scouts and the Cub Scouts, was a member of the Philip Ambulance Service and Volunteer Fire Department for 40 years, served on the Philip City Council, served on the Haakon County Prairie Transportation Board, and drove the bus. He was passionate about helping people and he was very involved with the "Feeding South Dakota" program.

Norm enjoyed going to morning coffee, playing cards, watching Jeopardy, and he was an avid reader. He loved supporting the youth of Philip and was known around town as the “gum and candy man.”

Grateful for sharing his life are his daughter Kaelyn McSherry and her husband Chris of Rapid City; granddaughters Ashley Neville of Mesa, Arizona, and Taylor McSherry of Rapid City; two grandsons Sgt. Derek "DJ" Neville (currently stationed in Korea) and his wife Amanda, and Kyle McSherry of Rapid City; great grandson, Robert Neville; siblings Joyce Hoefert of Hartford, Paul Payne and his wife LeAnne of Plankinton, and Willard Payne of Mitchell; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife Kay on December 4, 2015; son Doug on September 1, 1999; his parents; brother-in-law Robert Hoefert; and sister-in-law, JoAnn Payne.

A visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 19, at Rush Funeral Home in Philip.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 20, at the United Church in Philip with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating. The memorial service will be live-streamed.

Interment at Pine Lawn Memorial Park in Rapid City will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the United Church or Prairie Transportation.

Friday, February 19, 2021 - 4-6 p.m.
Rush Funeral Home
Philip, South Dakota

Friday, February 19, 2021 - 6:00 p.m.
Rush Funeral Home
Philip, South Dakota

Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 10:00 a.m.
United Church
Philip, South Dakota

Pastor Kathy Chesney

Marianne Frein - Pianist
Maureen Palecek - Vocalist
“One Day at a Time”
“When the Roll is Called Up Yonder”
Congregational Hymn
“I’ll Fly Away”

All Family and Friends in Attendance

Pine Lawn Cemetery
Rapid City, South Dakota

  • Kaelyn and Family,
    I was saddened to hear of Norm's passing. My father Charles always tried to stop and say hi to your parents when he was in town until his passing in 2018. My deepest condolences to your entire family during this time. They are probably visiting about this year's cold weather.
    ~ Anna Oller Vivian, SD (2/18/2021)
  • So sorry for your loss Kaelyn. Norm was such a great guy. Always quick to offer that cinnamon trident gum to anyone that wanted it. He was so friendly no matter where you seen him. He is now playing cards with Grandpa Calvin again. Sending prayers your way. ~ Crystal (Swift) Corsica SD (2/17/2021)
  • So sorry for your loss Kaelyn- Norm and Kay were such good friends of Phyllis and my folks. May your memories heal your sadness. God Bless ~ Larry and Barbara Byrne Sundance, WY (2/17/2021)
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 1250 sends our condolences to all of Norms family. Norm was always involved with the functions and activities of the Local and will be missed for his infectious smile and generosity towards all. May he rest in peace.
    ~ Randy Stainbrook Rapid City, SD (2/16/2021)
  • We are so sorry for the loss of your Dad, he was a great man. ~ Charlie and Diane Gittings Summerset, SD (2/16/2021)
  • Kaelyn and family
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Will always remember how much your dad and mother did for my mother. May he rest in peace.
    ~ Phillis (Hajek) Neal San Antonio, Texas (2/16/2021)
  • Remember the good times and always keep them in your heart. ~ Jim and Vonnie O’Dea Howes, SD (2/15/2021)
  • Kaelyn ~ sending love and light as you process your loss. Your dad was just thee kindest soul! Thank you for sharing him with us, thank you for your vigil, thank you for your Light. Prayers going up for comfort for you all. - Cat ~ Cathy Thrash Rapid City, SD (2/15/2021)
  • Kaelyn and family, we are so sadden of the passing of your Dad. He was such a great man, caring and always showing how much he did care. My kids, now adults, remember the dentyne gum he always had in his pocket. My grandkids will remember the lifesavers. Greg was so fortunate to have Norm as a mentor at West Central Electric. I am forever grateful for his friendship and the good neighbor he was to my mom. Our prayers are with you and the family. Rest In Peace Norm. ~ Greg & Kathy Arthur Philip (2/15/2021)
  • Was saddened to hear of Norms death. He was a very avid helper of the community and always went out of his way to be helpful. He stopped by up at the shop to visit occasionally and had such an upbeat attitude!
    God Bless all of the family and comfort you. You have so many wonderful memories to share in the days ahead. Hugs
    ~ George & Shirley Dennis Philip, SD (2/15/2021)
  • Sorry to hear of Norms passing. I always enjoyed visiting with him at Hart Ranch. ~ Jackie Maude Hermosa SD (2/15/2021)
  • Kaelyn & Family, We were sadden to hear of Norm's passing. He had a big heart and will be missed in the community. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. God Bless Ralph & Cathy ~ Ralph & Cathy Fiedler Sturgis, SD (2/14/2021)
  • A very sad day to lose another Haakon County legend. A true gentleman with a heard of gold. We have so many great memories of Norm. May the love of family and friends help comfort you in the days ahead. ~ David & Karen Webb Rapid City SD (2/13/2021)
  • We send our deepest sympathies to all the family. Nathan had the privilege of working with Norm at WCE. He was a great man and will be missed by this community. ~ Nathan & Brittney Drury Philip (2/13/2021)
  • My deepest Condolences at the loss of your Father, Grandfather and Brother Norman was a very influential part of Philip and Haakon County. I know he will be Greatly missed. ~ Steven Kendall Rapid City (2/13/2021)
  • We were so sorry to read this news today. Norm will always be remembered for his kind heart and helpful spirit. He was a ready volunteer, happy to be able to do so. He handed out more candy to kids than one could possibly imagine! I enjoyed him in book club, at Ginny's. He always made you feel like it was a good day to have a good day. Bless his heart. Prayers to his family. ~ Jason and Vonda Hamill Milesville (2/13/2021)
  • Kaelyn and family, we are so sorry to hear of Norm's passing. He was such a wonderful, friendly and helpful man. He will be missed by everyone in this community. So sorry for your loss! ~ Floren and Debbie Falzone Philip, SD (2/13/2021)