OMAHA --James Cody Raburn was born in Lebanon on April 8, 1934 and was united with our Lord on Tuesday (April 11, 2006). He is survived by his wife of 32 year, Edith Raburn.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Pearl Savanna Raburn; his father, Harry Clifford Raburn; brothers Clifford and Clyde; and sisters, Clayda, Neva, Majesty and Ellen.
He is survived by his sisters, Mable, Loretta, Sharon, and Trisha; brothers Dewey and Clyde. He is also survived by his children, Debra and Mike Burch of Sperry, Okla., Cari and Jack Stuff of Tulsa, Okla., Tim and Marna Raburn of Omaha.
James is also survived by his grandchildren, Felicia Lincoln and Amy Stuff of Tulsa, Okla. and Mackenzie, Joshua, Parker and Mason Raburn of Omaha.
He has one great-grandchild, Kevin Lincoln of Tulsa.
Jame entered the U.S. Air Force and served in Moroccco and Zaragoza, Spain. His love of the B-52 kept him in the service, even as many in America were questioning the military service life. He was discharged in March 1966, with the rank of Master Sergeant.
He entered the computer world in 1968 and worked for Control Data. Within a few years he was offered a position with Amoco Oil Companies and worked for them over the next 8 years in their computer departments. He would tell the story of when he started in the field, computers took up a full 20x24 foot room, and when he left he could hold the computer in the palm of his hand.
Once retired, he followed his love of flying by purchasing a Mooney -- a small aircraft. When not up in the air, he was firmly entrenched in his love of classic antique autos -- specifically his love of the 1955 Chevy. He was a member of the "Classic Chevy Club of Tulsa," and entered numerous car shows, winning an Over 60, number 0ne place award for his cars.
In 1991, the "tug" for home and Nebraska brought him back to McCook, where he spent most of his school years. He was a great supporter of the McCook Bison teams, often travelling with the teams to out-of-town games. Later when his health would not permit, he followed their play on the radio. Greater than his love of the Bison was his love of the Nebraska Cornhusker football team. Even while living in the "realm of the enemy" in Oklahoma, he would proudly announce his love for Nebraska by displaying his Husker flag for all to see.
Funeral wservices will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday at West Center Chapel, 7805 West Center Road, Omaha.
A vigil service will be 7:30 p.m., Friday at the chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Saint Patrick's School in McCook, or to The McCook American Legion Baseball Association.
Heafy-Heafy-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler Mortuaries are in charge of the arrangements.