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Stephen Payton

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Stephen Edward Payton, 73, of Boone Iowa passed away peacefully at Israel Family Hospice House on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. He was born on May 2nd, 1949 in Perry, Iowa the son of Lois and Kenneth Payton. Steve graduated from Perry High School in 1967. About a year after graduation he enlisted as a Marine and served in the Vietnam War. On January 8th, 1972 he was united in marriage with Beth Noland and they had two girls, Nicole (Nikki) and Amy.

Steve worked for the Chicago North Western Railroad as a Conductor for the majority of his working years (38yrs). While working on the railroad he adopted the name “Hollywood”. In his younger days, Steve enjoyed many past times. He golfed, played some organized slow pitch, played cards, and fished. Steve had fun raising kids and was a proud father and grandfather. He often reminisced about the silly things Nikki and Amy did and said.

He was divorced in 1988 and retired from the then Union Pacific Railroad in 2010. Steve made the most of his retirement years. Steve was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Moose, and Hunt and Fish Club where he enjoyed fellowship with friends. He traveled with family and friends to Canada and Northern Minnesota to fish, Arizona in the winter to golf, and of course Oregon to see Amy and her family. You could find Steve on the golf course several days of the week during the season, probably betting on a round. He played computer solitaire while listening to country music and enjoyed reading jokes shared by friends. He found the most enjoyment from playing cards with his grandkids, watching them grow up, and hearing stories about them. Steve was lighthearted and always had a smile on his face. He never met a stranger and would give the shirt off his back to help someone. Steve also had an ornery side and liked to joke around.

Steve was preceded in death by parents Lois and Kenneth Payton and his brother and sister-in-law Jerry “Buddy” and Deborah Payton. Grandparents Daniel and Edith Carpenter and Raymond and Mildred Payton. Survivors include daughters Nicole (Nic) Arringdale of Boone, Amy (Dennis) O’Brien of Fort Worth, Texas, grandchildren Ajay, Beau, Taylor Arringdale of Boone and Sean, Rory O’Brien of Texas, sister Cheryl (Louis) Swanson of Jefferson and nephew Scott (Jane) Swanson of Omaha. Great niece and nephew Mallory and Cody.

Visitation will be on Friday, September 23, 2022 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with a Celebration of his life to follow from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Cedar Pointe Golf Course in 601 S Cedar St, Boone, IA 50036. Military graveside rites will take place in the Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry on Monday, September 26, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to his family. Online condolences may be left at

Posted online on September 17, 2022

Published in Perry Chief, Boone News Republican

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Cedar Pointe Golf Course 601 S Cedar St, Boone, IA 50036