Rayburn Glenn Childers, 84, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2008, at Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash., after a short bout with kidney cancer.
Rayburn was born Dec. 24, 1923, to Glenn Wilson Childers and Eunice Marie (Neff) Childers in Campus, Kan. He was the second of six siblings. All of his siblings except his sister, Jane Schlittenhardt of Arizona, preceded him in death.
Ray married Cleo Mae Macy in 1954. The couple spent 48 years together before Cleo's death on Feb. 26, 2003.
He retired from the Burlington Northern Railroad after more than 40 years of service and spent many happy years in retirement.
His many hobbies included community service, woodworking, computing, photography and craft work.
Although not recently active, he attained the 32nd degree in Masonry. He was active in the church and community and particularly enjoyed his volunteer work with AWANA. Some of Ray's biggest joys were the lasting and close friendships he built.
Ray is survived by sons, Daniel Leonard Childers (wife Judy) and David Lawrence Childers (wife Vicki) and families of Florida.; daughter, Cleo Ray Childers (partner Vee) and family of Vancouver, Wash., and daughter, Patricia Jones of Tulare, Calif. His children and their families which include 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren were all a significant part of Ray's life.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Ray's memorial celebration will be at 2:30 p.m., on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at the McCook Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Jeff Thurman officiating.
The family will receive friends at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday evening, March 28, during the visitation. Please send photos or other items to Carpenter Breland Funeral Home so they can be included in our celebration of Ray's life. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.carpenterbreland.com.
Inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in McCook with military honors.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.