Ronald Taylor Brooke PayneSeptember 10, 1936 ~ March 24, 2017 (age 80)
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On Friday, March 24, 2017, Ronald Taylor Brooke Payne passed away peacefully,
in his Paradise Valley home, at the age of 80. A memorial funeral service will take
place on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in Livingston,
MT. There will be a reception to follow at Mountain Bible Church.
Ronald was born on September 10, 1936 in Greeneville, Tennessee. The son of
Henry Payne and Lucy Taylor, he was a joy to all he knew. As a boy, he could
often be found in the company of Nolan Ricker and Earl Ricker.
Ronald entered active military service in the United States Air Force in June of
1959. He was honorably discharged in August 1962.
In 1961, he was married to Jo Ann McMillan. This marriage was blessed with two
daughters, Julie and Patti. They lived in Tennessee and shared 20 years of
After his first wife passed away, Ron fell in love for a second time and married
Carole R. Heilman-Payne on May 14, 1983. Their marriage resulted in the union of
his 2 daughters with her 2 sons, Robert and James Heilman. In 1989, they were
blessed with the addition of a third daughter, Ashlee.
Ronald and Carole retired and moved to Paradise Valley, Montana in 2001. Ronald
enjoyed a wide variety of activities here: RV travel, hiking, building onto the
family home, and many more. He loved nothing as much as he loved relaxing on
the front porch, enjoying the beautiful view. He was loved by many dear friends
and family, both in Tennessee and Montana.
Ronald is survived by loving wife, Carole R. Heilman-Payne, daughters: Julie
Payne (TN), Patti Heckman (TN), and Ashlee Love (MT), sons: Robert Heilman
(MT) and James Heilman (MT), other dear family (Jackie Heilman, Kenny
Heckman, Michael Love, Elissa Heckman, Jonathan Heckman and many beloved