Gerald E. Rayburn passed onward May 22, 2011, at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
He was a resident of Lake Havasu City, as well as Pagosa Springs, Colo. Born in Manton, Mich., on April 3, 1930, to the late Leo and Ada Rayburn, he was predeceased by one sister and six brothers.
He is survived by his sister Ilene Rayburn Cox. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Melina, whom he married on May 27, 1974, and daughters Tasha Rayburn, Roberta Baker, Lola Rayburn and Beth Rayburn Baca, and sons Gerry and Glen Rayburn. There are also numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Gerald was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Friends called him “Gerry with a G” and he was known for his witty sense of humor. He was an avid fisherman who won a bass tournament in Lake Havasu. In business he was an entrepreneur and enjoyed building. He loved to whistle and had a deep interest in the cosmos. He graduated from Grace Bible Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind., and he attended Grace Episcopal Church in Lake Havasu City. There was a memorial at the church on Saturday, May 28, and another memorial is planned in Pagosa Springs on July 23.