John R. Paine, 63, of Taylorville, died on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at 9 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Shafer-Perfetti and Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville, 202 West Franklin Street. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, Feb. 18, at the funeral home with the Rev. Rodney Blomquist officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.
Mr. Paine was born Jan. 4, 1958, in Taylorville, to Arthur T. “Cotton” and Loraine E. (Williams) Paine. He married Sandy Brun on Sept. 9, 1978, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Taylorville, where he and his wife were members, and she survives.
He graduated from Morrisonville High School with the class of 1977. During his career, he worked for New Products, Seidel and Shaw Furniture, and operated Mr. C’s Game Room before gaining employment with the city of Taylorville as lake patrol, where he was currently employed for the past 24 years. He also owned and operated Fat Man, Inc., where he was a repossessor for the past 24 years.
Mr. Paine would help anyone with anything. He organized and ran the Taylorville Lake Car Cruise for many years. His love for cars carried over to his own garage, where he restored his pride and joy, a 1970 Chevy Camaro.
He was an avid pool player, playing and organizing various leagues over the years. He loved music, and spent most of his free time in the garage listening to KSHE 95 or watching westerns and reruns of the Andy Griffith Show. Above all, he loved his family and would do anything for them.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Paine is survived by his children, Kyle (wife Kayla) Paine, Kristin (husband Chris) Jameson and Katelyn Paine, all of Taylorville; grandchildren, Alexus, Dontrell, Alizabeth, Kianna, Kylie, Oliver and Connor; brother, Art (wife Renee) Paine, Jr. of Morrisonville; brother-in-law, Donald Clements, Sr. of Morrisonville; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Kevin Paine; sisters, Joyce Clements and Donna L. Paine; and nieces, Paula and Shirley Clements.
Memorials may be directed to Benefits for John Paine c/o Midland Community Bank, 1149 East 1500 North Road, Taylorville, IL 62568.
Online condolences to the family may be left at www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com.