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November 10, 2023

Randall (Randy) Vernie Payne of Minneapolis (formally of Buffalo) sadly passed away on November 10, 2023, of natural causes.  He was 72 years old.

Randy was born on March 30, 1951, to Vernie and Yvonne (Isaacson) Payne in Buffalo.

Randy was baptized in the Lutheran faith at Zion Lutheran church and was confirmed in 1966.

Randy graduated from Buffalo High School in 1969 where he received his diploma.

Randy worked many jobs and the most recent was Acme Foundry in Minneapolis.

Randy was a kindhearted person. He was a hard worker and very meticulous in everything he did. He was always helping his parents out around the house and farm and sister Robyn-painting and pet sitting for her.

Randy did not drive much, so he rode his bicycle everywhere.  He made several trips from Minneapolis to Big Lake on the train where he would bike from Big Lake to Buffalo.

He has a 1973 Triumph chopper that he was always tinkering on, and this was his pride and joy.  He also owned a 1966 Chevelle SS, among other classic cars that he owned.

He will be sadly missed by his siblings: Tobin (Barb) Payne, Robyn (Doug) Patri, Vanessa Koshak, and JoLinda (Mark) Elletson.

Also survived by nieces & nephews: Ryan, Nathan, Mitchell, Easton & Benjamin, Alicia, Malinda, Silvonna, Ashley & Amber and 15 great nieces & nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and nephew Levi Elletson.

Please join us for a celebration of his life at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo on Saturday, November 18th at 2:00 P.M.

Interment Lakeview Cemetery and all are welcome.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, November 18th at the funeral home beginning at 12 Noon.

Urn Bearer will be Benjamin Patri.

Thank you to Peterson’s Chapel for serving the family.  Online condolences may be made to

12 Guestbook Entries

  1. Robyn

    Randy- I miss you and love you! Thanks for always being there for me ! I don’t know what I will do without you!
    Rest in Peace Randy! God bless you!!! We will be united some day!

  2. the westphals

    our deepest sympathy to all

  3. Craig Johnson

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Randy’s family.

  4. Kevin & Sherry Hancock

    We enjoyed the yearly Christmas cards from you. I had yours ready to send you for this year already made out. You will be missed. Thankful for all the hand written letters we exchanged these past 20 something years. Til we meet again! Adios my friend.

  5. JoLinda Elletson

    Handsome so very handsome! Laughed quietly but giggled. Could fix anything especially motors like dad’s classic cars. Remember taking backhoe gastank off cuz jelled up (claimed winterize diesel at store/which it wasn’t). Randy and dad did that big job on backhoe. Randy had white gastank on 1973 triumph (which I do have a picture of with Levi about 3 years old sitting on), well dad painted graveltruck this darker turquoise, Randy took triumph gastank off and painted that darker turquoise. I told Randy I sure liked triumph gastank white. When living at 410 s 7th Ave, Randy would start triumph up and drive downtown I could hear the motorcycle the whole way. Love you forever-little sister Joey.

  6. Jolinda Elletson

    Our great grandma (Maddie Hamilton/Payne) on dad’s side was mostly Irish but some Scottish nationality. The Irish Blessing to you brother Randy: May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, And rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand. In the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

  7. Ashley Lang

    Love you uncle, Randy. May you Rest in Peace. Say hi to Grandma and Grandpa for me, till we meet again..

  8. Mark Elletson

    Just remembering over the last 41 years of knowing Randy. Randy referred to me as one of his “brothers” in a letter to me. My son Levi had great admiration for Randy. My daughter Silvonna thought Randy was a great looking guy. Rest in peace. Was thinking Levi was probably right at your side while you were passing (Levi died Nov 24, 2021).

  9. Tobin Payne

    R.I.P. my brother Randy ,till we meet again .

  10. Dan Gutknecht

    So sorry to hear of the passing of “ The Big Kid” as Vernie called him. With all sympathy and condolences to the families of Randy.

  11. JoLinda Elletson

    Randy, we all love our memories of you! Thank you for being one of my two brothers! Growing up I was so proud and admired both you Randy and Tobin! I have good fabulous memories of how great looking of a baby (seeing your baby/child pictures) and just seeing you as we grew up together. I especially remember a Florida picture of you holding a fish, your long blonde hair was nice. You are our sojouner for us 4 siblings leading our way to the Pearly Gates Of Heaven. Weeks before dad died I asked dad to wait for me at The (Pearly) Gate Of Heaven when I pass. I know dad (mom and Levi) welcomed you by that gate.

  12. Vanessa

    To my brother Randy-there are so many things that I can think of about you. We were the blondes in our family. We looked similar as well, fair skin, hated it! You helped us while we were growing up, I am 7 years younger. I would always hear about how cute you were from friends. They would say, is that really your brother, and I would say proudly, he is. I loved your handwriting, you and I exchanged over the years about 100 letters. I could always read everything you wrote. You took care of us girls when mom and dad were gone. You could make and bake really good stuff for us. You had a special thing I loved about you, you were neat as a pin. Everything had to be cleaned and tidy, mom wanted all of us to be that way, I am this way to this day.

    I don’t understand why you left us so early in your years, but I do know that God always has a plan for all of us. I can hardly wait to you see you again. Mom, dad, Levi and my brother Randy.

    When reading the Bible and listening to sermons, I love to read about heaven. What a wonderful new part of a human’s course in life and death. So many have said you see a bright light, it has to be warming and loving to our souls. I am ready to greet you again, when the time comes. I love you and will always remember our home and our growing up but I do hate having to say goodbye for now, it hurts so much, your sister Vanessa


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