Robert Harold "Bob" Rayburn

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August 25, 1938 ~ July 12, 2014

Born: The Dalles, Oregon on August 25, 1938 to Harold and Bertha (Tobin) Rayburn.
His family moved to Vancouver, WA when he was eight years old. Bob graduated from Fort Vancouver High School in 1956, participating in various sports such as swimming, track, wrestling, and football.
Bob's first job out of high school was with the SP&S Railway. His family had many members working for the railroad. He worked for the railroad for 10 years, before deciding to change his profession.
In 1966, he started working for the Clark County Sheriff's Office and after 30 years retired. During that time he received an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Clark College, a Bachelor's of Science Degree, a Master of Education Degree from the University of Portland, an Associate Degree from the University of Virginia, and was honored to be accepted and graduate from the National FBI Academy.
Upon retiring, he spent the last 20 years in his favorite spot, at his cabin on Marble Mountain east of Cougar, WA. He thoroughly enjoyed the solace, the animals large and small, and the new friends he made there.
He is survived by his wife Loretta of 55 years, they have been together since high school; his daughter, Kim (Jim) Bartkowski; and his two sons, Tony (Jodi) Rayburn and Eric (Sheri) Rayburn. He is also survived by his sister, Loretta (Jack) Roark; and an older brother, Howard. He had nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens on July 18th, 2014.
I cannot end this story about Bob without saying how much he enjoyed his family's sporting events, he was always encouraging. OH! and was a University of Washington Husky supporter since the 1950's.
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Published in The Columbian on July 16, 2014
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