COLUMBUS -- John Alan Rayburn, 69, of Columbus, passed away at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at Columbus Regional Hospital.
Born Oct. 5, 1962 in Newberry, he was the son of A.C. "Tom" and Margaret Ruth Hasler Rayburn. On Aug. 6, 1962 in Seymour, he married Sonna Wagoner Rayburn.
He grew up in Greene County. He graduated from Columbus High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Most of his life he spent farming. He also worked for Arvin Industries and was involved in the construction of the Wal-Mart store in North Vernon and from 1990 to 2001, he was a Corrections Officer with the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office.
He was a former member and Elder of Grammer Presbyterian Church and a member of the Fairlawn Presbyterian Church. He was a founding member of Modern Farmers and belonged to Beef Cattleman's Association, the Farm Bureau; 4-H, FFA, and was an Eagle Scout Dad.
Survivors include: his wife Sonna Rayburn of Columbus; three sons, Tom Rayburn of Columbus, Steve Rayburn and his wife Darla of Columbus, and Dan Rayburn of Grammer; and three grandchildren, Matthew, Tyler, and Stephanie Rayburn of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral service will be on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Hathaway-Myers Dignity Memorial Chapel, 1022 Pearl St., Columbus, with the Rev. Steve Geckeler officiating. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery with military rites by Bartholomew County Veterans Color Guard.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds or Grammer Presbyterian Church.