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Francis L. Rayburn Jr.

Frank passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at the Timbers of Cass County.

He was born March 16, 1936 in Evanston, Illinois, the son of Frank and Marion (Ekkila) Rayburn. Frank attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois and graduated in 1954. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1958 on the USS Tombigbee. He was stationed on the west coast and transported airplane fuel to Hawaii and the Arctic Circle.

Frank worked at Parker Hannifin for 30 years, Eaton Corporation for 5 years and retired from Parker Aerospace in 2001. In his free time he enjoyed fishing and wood working. He was a member the Otsego Elks Lodge.

On July 10, 1962 in Chicago he married Barbara Kostecki who passed away in 2019.

Surviving are his children, Wayne (Kim) Rayburn and Lisa Engelter; daughter-in-law, Teresa Rayburn; 8 grandchildren, Cari, Kellie, Jessica, Daniel, Josh, Kyle, Hayden and Sam; several great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Todd Rayburn; son-in-law, Rob Engelter; twin granddaughters; siblings, Lois and Nancy and his dog, Emma.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Private family burial of ashes with Military Honors will take place at 10:30 A.M., Friday, April 30, 2021 at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta.

Contributions in memory of Frank may be made to the

Alzheimer’s Association


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Connie Vanarsdal

March 31, 2021 at 4:42 pm

Wayne and family so sorry for your loss


Tammy Bailey

March 31, 2021 at 4:43 pm

So very sorry for the loss of your dad, Kim. Prayers that your wonderful memories will sustain you through this difficult time and God’s love will sustain you in the future.

Love to you!


Jackie, Emily, Eric & Evan Stack

March 31, 2021 at 6:54 pm

Wayne, Kim, Lisa, Sam and Families,

I am very saddened to hear of your father’s passing. Frank was the nicest guy and always willing to lend a hand. I have lived next to the Rayburn’s for over 25 years. They were the best neighbors and always looked out for us! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time and in the days ahead. We have lost a fine man! Rest in peace, my friend. You will be missed!


Doug & Emilia Rex

March 31, 2021 at 7:14 pm

Our deepest condolences. We pray that you are surrounded by God’s comforting love.


Jan Jameson

April 1, 2021 at 6:23 am

My thoughts,Love and prayers for you during this sad time.


Barbara Engelter

April 1, 2021 at 8:10 am

Thoughts and prayers for all the family.

Barbara Engelter


Joann Medema

April 1, 2021 at 9:26 am

I’m sorry for your loss, I enjoyed the time I spent with your dad. Your in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.


Lloyd and Louise

April 1, 2021 at 6:37 pm

So sorryfor your loss. Frank always liked to take time to visit. Keep all the good memories


Brenda Pride

April 2, 2021 at 3:18 pm

My deepest sympathy to you and your family Wayne, he was always a pleasant man when I happened to run into the two of you, prayers for healing


Diana Morris

April 2, 2021 at 4:17 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss. I’ll be holding your family in my prayers.


Bill & Barb Brennan

April 3, 2021 at 12:21 am

I worked with Frank at Parker Hydraulics in Otsego. He was a hard worker and a pleasure to know and work with. Many

good memories of the past. His 50th birthday party was a hoot. He liked to watch, This Old House on T.V. and this would

give him many building projects to try at home. Lastly I really missed him when he left to open his store down town. I

hope to see him in heaven someday. Thank You for your service too. Old sailors never die,they just sail away.


Don & Kathi Jankowski

April 4, 2021 at 11:19 am

So sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. The family will be in our thoughts and prayers.


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