Re: Well-known Lakecity homeless man dies in hospital
This story by the Tribune has information in it that needs addressing and I’m sure Ray would want me to do that for him.
Yes Rayburn was a street guy, because he liked to drink and that was his social group from the time I moved here in the 1970s. We all saw him around town and said hello to him but he certainly wasn’t homeless. He spent the last nine years living at Abraham’s Lodge that he paid a monthly rental amount for his apartment and the last few weeks before he died he was living with his friend Ed on South Lakeside, being well taken care of.
One day when Ed was out Ray decided to walk to town and had a fall near Walmart. He was still living with Ed at the time.
Ray will be missed by all because he was a member of our community for a long time and was a friendly guy to all.
And as Ed would say, he was “one of the gentlest men I have known.” He does have family and they will be holding a memorial for him in the spring.
I for one will miss you Ray and enjoyed our chats over the years. A great guy you were!