Norman H. Rayburn
Norman H Rayburn, 80, of Boise went home to his savior, Jesus Christ, on April 13, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Norm was born in Ontario, Oregon on June 1, 1940 to Morrill and Gladys Rayburn. He grew up in Payette, ID and graduated from Payette HS in 1958. After high school he served in the Navy for 4 years, in part in the Mediterranean, as a Fire Control Technician aboard the U.S.S. Springfield. He then worked for the telephone company in Ketchum ID.
In 1966 he married Ruthy Alexander in Minatare, Nebraska and they made their home in Payette, ID, where he started his career with Ore-Idaho foods. In 1968, he was transferred to the main office in Boise, Idaho. He attended Boise State University and graduated with his degree in marketing. He moved his family to Burley, ID in 1978, when he was promoted to Warehouse Manager and later Plant Manager at the Ore-Ida Foods plant.
Norm was active in church and served as a Deacon and Elder and other positions while a member of several Presbyterian churches, including Southminster in Boise, the First Presbyterian Church in Burley, Covenant and Christ Presbyterian Churches in Boise.
Norm was a member of the Rotary Club in Burley, serving as president for a year in 2008/2009. He was also a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts and served on the Camp Sawtooth board for several years.
In his younger years, Norm enjoyed bowling and volleyball. He enjoyed hunting “camping with guns” with his dad, brothers, and friends. In his later years, he volunteered for MOPS. He and Ruthy have traveled extensively with Ruthy’s sister and brother-in-law. He rarely missed watching his grandkids in a concert or sporting event. Norm and Ruthy have built lasting relationships with children that they sponsor in Uganda and Papua New Guinea, three of whom have graduated from Makerere University in Kompala, Uganda.
Norm is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ruthy Rayburn, his daughters, Michele (Kevin) Sagez, Denise Rayburn, his grandchildren – Mason DeLoera, Sephora Wontor, Ivy Rayburn, Anna and Brianna Sagez, and Casey Rayburn; his brothers Roger (Pam) Rayburn of Colorado Springs, CO and Bruce (Rosie) Rayburn of Caldwell, ID; his sister JoAnn (Jim) Goodwin of Nampa and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Morrill and Gladys Rayburn and his son, Sam Rayburn.
Special thanks to our goddaughter Laura Steere who came and helped with Norm’s care the last week of his life.
A viewing will be held on Friday, April 16, 2021 from 5-7pm at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W Carlton Bay Dr, Boise. Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, April 17 at Cloverdale United Reformed Church, 3580 N Cloverdale Rd, Boise. To attend the service virtually, please visit: http://christpresboise.org/
Donations in his name may be sent to Christ Presbyterian Church, 10280 W Ustick Rd., Boise, ID 83704; WOMF World Outreach Ministry Foundation, PO Box 7022, Bonney Lake, WA 98391; or Child Evangelism Fellowship of Idaho, PO Box 427, Nampa, ID 83653.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden City.
Trevor Hart saysApril 16, 2021 at 2:19 pm
You have both our deepest sympathies for your loss and our shared faith with you that Norm has returned to the arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We are better for having known Norm, enjoyed his company, and learned from his example as one who knows and lives the meaning of the word “neighbor.”
With deepest sympathy,
The Hart Family
Trevor, Bonnie, Matthew, Sarah, Rachel, and Nathaniel
LOUANN FREEBURG saysApril 16, 2021 at 3:22 pm
Dearest Ruthie and Family,
Wanted to send my sympathy and let you know my thoughts are with you at this time. Norman was such a super classmate and “kid” in Payette and a “life long friend”. He certainly was a most successful, well thought of person. It was always fun to see you both at the class reunions, to receive the emails and the last time when we all happened to be at the Payette A and W on a Memorial Day several years ago, the Rayburn Family and the Freeburg Family. Most Sincerely,
LouAnn Brown Freeburg
Class of 1958
Jeanne Smith saysApril 17, 2021 at 1:28 pm
Ruthy and Family, It was always a joy to be around Norm. His dedication to our Lord Jesus was evident he everything he did. God bless you and bring you peace that passes all understanding.