, Muskogee, OK


January 30, 2013

Rayburn Lawrence Hornbarger


— Rayburn Lawrence Hornbarger, age 88 passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Muskogee Regional Medical Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma with his family by his bed side. He was born on April 7, 1924 in Wetumka, Oklahoma to Rayburn and Harold and Eunice L. (Brown) Hornbarger. After moving to Okmulgee, Oklahoma in 1928, Rayburn attended Okmulgee schools graduating in 1942. After graduating high school Rayburn joined the Army Air Corp and was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base between June of 1942 through April of 1943. He was then deployed to England in May of 1943 through October of 1945 where he worked as an air craft mechanic. He returned to Tinker Air Force Base in November of 1945 and was later honorably discharged in December of 1945. Rayburn went to graduate from Oklahoma University in 1951 with a degree in Business. Upon graduating he worked for the American Legion of Oklahoma between February of 1951 through July of 1960, as a Claims Officer in Oklahoma City, as well as, in Muskogee where he later moved to in 1955. Before moving to Muskogee he met Catherine Florence Gregg. They married in August of 1953. After moving to Muskogee he worked for the Vetrans Administration Regional Office between August of 1960 through March 1974, where Rayburn and Catherine moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. While in Sioux Falls he worked for the V.A. Center as an Adjudication Officer, March of 1974 through August 1975. They then moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in August of 1975. In Indianapolis he worked at the V.A. Regional Office of Indianapolis as Chief Adjudication Officer, until he retired in June 1986.  Once retired, Rayburn and Catherine then returned to Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1986 where he still resided until his death.

Rayburn served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross serving as a Chapter Chairman for one year and Disaster Chairman until 1994. Rayburn’s special interests and hobbies included gardening, cooking and reading.  He also enjoyed watching old western movies and spending tie with his family.  He is survived by son, Dale Buy and wife Carole of Muskogee, Ok; foster daughter, Mary Kay Starbuck and husband Ed of Indianapolis, IN; two sisters Jean Swederski of Wake Forrest, NC and Nancy Hardie of Sequin, WA; six grandchildren, Mindi Havens and husband Laurel of Muskogee, Melissa Shoemake of Muskogee, Katy and Sam Starbuck of Indianapolis, IN, Jon Walden and wife Carrie of Elgin, IL, Francee Maxwell of Bentonville, AR; seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Rayburn Lawrence Hornbarger will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, February 1, 2013 at Bradley Belltower Chapel with Pastor Kelley Payne officiating. The pallbearers are Brett and Jake Adams, Trae and Lauren Havens, Sam and Katy Starbuck and Jon Walden. Burial will be held at the Ft. Gibson National Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Bradley Family Funeral Service.

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