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Darrel “Frenchie” Payment

Longtime Kenai resident Darrel “Frenchie” Payment died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at Harbor Lights Assisted Living near Soldotna.

Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai.

Darrel was born June 19, 1917 in Bemidji, Minn. He was raised by his grandparents in Cohasset, Minn, as his mother passed away during the flu epidemic of 1919.

On July 4, 1936, he married Gladys Lemler. They celebrated their 72nd anniversary in 2008. They raised four sons and one daughter and provided a home for numerous foster children.

Darrel retired in 1979 from Kaiser Aluminum in Spokane, Wash. He and Gladys moved to Kenai in 1986 from their residence in Waitsburg, Wash., so they could be near their four sons.

Darrel and Gladys traveled throughout the Western states, the Midwest, to Mexico and numerous trips to Alaska. They also flew to Germany in 1986 and spent six weeks with their daughter and son-in-law in Heidelburg. They visited numerous countries with Holland and Italy being their favorites, but Rome and the Vatican were the absolute highlights of their trip.

Darrel worked in his machine shop until he was 95. Sometimes he’d forget to come in to dinner so Gladys made the rule that dinner would be served by 6 p.m., and if he wasn’t on time it would be thrown in the garbage. He was always washed and at the table by 5:45 and never ever late again.

Darrel was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and was instrumental in repairing the old log Catholic Church.

Darrel was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years.

He is survived by his sons, Ted, Terry “Pee Wee”, Tom and Darrel “Butch”; daughter, Joyce Payment Ehrmantrout; 15 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

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