Gary A. Rayburn Sr.

Gary Allen Rayburn Sr., 60, of Osage Beach, MO, born Tuesday, April 18, 1950, in East St. Louis, IL, died Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at the V. A. Hospial in Columbia, MO.

Mr. Rayburn Sr. worked as a contractor and home builder in Osage Beach, MO. He was the owner and operator of End Zone in Osage Beach, MO for many years. He was an avid Cardinal Fan, casino visitor and a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran.

He was preceded in death by:

  • Parents: Richard R. and Ruby Jeanette nee Sharp Rayburn Jr.
  • Uncles
    • Arnold Brown
    • Allen Rayburn

Surviving are his:

  • Son: Gary Allen "Buddy" Rayburn Jr. of Edwardsville, IL
  • Brother: Maurice "Maury" (Beverly) Price of St. Jacob, IL
  • Grandsons: Brendan and Blake Rayburn and their mother Jennifer
  • Aunt: Maggie Brown of Belleville, IL
  • Nieces & Nephews
    • Renee Kelly
    • Richard (Jennifer) Price
    • Amy (Jim) Laux
  • Many Cousins & Friends

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Harry S. Truman Memorial Hospital - Hospice, Columbia, MO.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 P.M., Friday, May 14, 2010 at the Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, May 15, 2010 at Kurrus Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Patton officiating. There will be a private family interment on Monday, May 17, 2010 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO with full military honors.

Condolences left for Gary A. Rayburn Sr.:

    we loved gary deeply he will be missed we have all lost a dear friend(family)I know no one will be affected as much as (his) BUDDY.His son! Glad to be their with buddy at the end.

    cindy roy prindle eldon mo. 65026

    Gary was a good guy! I was sorry to hear of his passing. May God comfort each of you in the days ahead.

    Jerry Shelton Lockport IL 60441

    To the family of Gary Rayburn: I am so sorry to hear the passing of Gary. He was a good friend of mine growing up in E. St. Louis. He was an integrel part of our Kurrus Funeral Home Khoury League Team. He was my catcher and one of the leaders of the team. I remember Gary every year on his birthday, April 18th. He will be missed. Signed Buddy Lubeck.

    Paul "Buddy" Lubeck Troy Illinois 62294

    i will miss Gary deeply!! Good news we will meet in a better place (but i will probably be late) love to all XOXO

    Lori Ashworth Lee's Summit MO 64064

    Gary was funny and liked to laugh. We had paper
    routes as kids and would ride the bus downtown
    to the Journal office to pay the paper bill, then go off to the St. Louis Bus Station to play the pin ball machines. Sometimes we walked across the Eads Bridge to save a nickel, that was one pin ball game.
    It was great adventure on a Saturday for 13-14 year olds. Gary's Dad later bought him a pin ball machine and put it in his bedroom.
    We had heated arguments in 6th grade over who was going to marry Linda.
    The last time I saw Gary, he gave me a ride in his cool '58 Chevy, black convertible Impala, if
    I remember correctly. He joined the Army, and I later joined the Navy. I will always remember
    the fun we had growing up in E. St. Louis.
    Heartfelt Sympathy to Gary's loved ones.
    Ron Lewis

    Ron Lewis Chesapeake VA 23323