Virgil RaybornApril 15, 1919 ~ July 27, 2018 (age 99)
Virgil Raymond Rayborn passed away quietly on July 27, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado surrounded by family. He was born near Mt. Grove Missouri on April 15, 1919. Virgil was the second of six children born to the late Henry and Agnes Rayborn. His family moved by train to a farm in Twin Falls, Idaho when Virgil was an infant.
He attended a two room elementary school near Twin Falls, Idaho for grades 1-8. After graduating from Twin Falls High School he attended and graduated from Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho. His college experience was much like the rest of his life, full of joy and humor.
After college he moved to California where he met and (6 months later) married the love of his life Marie Weyant, March 22, 1942.
In October of 1942 Virgil joined the Coast Guard. He served as a navigations officer on a Naval Liberty ship during World War II and fought in the battle of Leyte. After the conflict ended, he served as the chief officer (LCDR) for a year at the Loran station on Atafu Island in the South Pacific.
Upon returning to the states and civilian life, he started his family in earnest and graduated from The Nazarene Theological Seminary. For nearly 40 years he pastored in Nazarene churches on the Southern California Districts. After retiring, he and his wife Marie moved to Nampa, Idaho and became active in senior ministries at the First Church of the Nazarene. After his wife passed away he alternated his residence between his two boys and his sister, Fairy.
Virgil is proceed in death by his wife, Marie; his parents, Henry and Agnes Rayborn; a brother, Melvin Rayborn; sisters, Opal Bess and Fairy Worcester; and grandson, Ryan Rayborn. Virgil is survived by his two sons, Robert R. Rayborn (Chris) and Richard R. Rayborn (Eunice); brother, Eldon Rayborn; sister, Nina (Rayborn) Collins; 3 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Virgil’s dedication has influenced many people including family, neighbors and his hospice care givers. To the end of his life he was witnessing, quoting scripture and hymns and giving his testimony. His legacy will continue for generations to come.
In In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Virgil R. Rayborn to your local church youth camping program.
Services for Virgil Rayborn will be held in Colorado Springs and in Idaho.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
August 12, 2018 from 12 to 2 PM.
Celebration of Life will be held at Springs First Church, 4120 E. Fountain, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80916
Twin Falls, Idaho
September 7, 2018 from 10:30 to 2:00 PM
Burial: 10:30 AM at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, 2296 Kimberly Rd. Twin Falls, Idaho
Memorial Service: 11:15 AM at Twin Falls Church of the Nazarene,1231 Washington St. N., Twin Falls, Idaho.
Lunch will immediately follow the service in Idaho.