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Porter Huston Rayburn, Jr. was born May 19, 1920 in Clifton Forge, Va., to Anna Mary Lawrence Rayburn and Porter Huston Rayburn, Sr. He graduated from Clifton Forge High School and served in the US Navy during WWII.
Porter resided in Toledo, Ohio for 15 years while working for the Wabash Railroad. He was then transferred to Kansas City, Missouri in 1961 by the Wabash Norfolk & Western Railway Co. In his capacity as General Foreman, Porter received numerous awards and recognition for his dedication to railroad safety. He ended his lifelong career as a railroader in 1973, leaving Kansas City and retiring to the weekend farm in Richmond.
Porter was a long time HAM radio operator and was a member of the Ray-Clay Radio Club. He was a former member of the American Legion Williams Post No. 26 in Clifton Forge, Virginia and was a proud recipient of the State of Missouri WWII Veterans Award recognition.
Porter will be deeply missed by his wife of 67 years, Louise Wilhelm Rayburn, of the home; his daughter, Suzette Rayburn Wells and husband Dick of Richmond; beloved pet, Kitty Kat; his sister, Juanita Rayburn Pyle of Aztec, New Mexico; a nephew, Joseph Pyle and his wife Mini of Spring, Tex.; a niece, Annette Pyle Lain and husband Allen of Aztec, Tex.; and 2 great nephews.
Visitation for Porter Huston Rayburn, Jr. will be Tuesday, June 26, 2007 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at the Crowley Cemetery, Richmond, with graveside services at 2.
Contributions are suggested to the Doberman Pincher Club of America or Poodle Club of America.
Arrangements: McGilley, Antioch.