Robert Joe Raburn age 81, passed away at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital on April 16, 2019. He was born in Lebanon, NE on December 10, 1937 to Floyd and Viola (Hale) Raburn. Joe graduated from Cambridge High School in 1956, he continued his education for two years at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Joe then went to South Dakota State University and graduated with his degree in Pharmacy in 1961.
Joe was united in marriage to Lorene Zysset at the United Methodist Church in Cambridge on June 8, 1958. Upon graduation Joe and Lorene moved to Ottumwa, IA where Joe worked as a Registered Pharmacist. In 1968, the couple moved to Cambridge where Joe purchased the Bellamy Pharmacy and in 1970 he purchased John Drug. He owned and operated Raburn Pharmacy for 20 years. He then went to work for Wal-Mart Pharmacy for 17 years; retiring in 2015.
Joe was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Cambridge. Joe served his country in the Army National Guard for nine years. He enjoyed family fishing trips to Canada, hunting turkey, pheasant and deer. He was licensed as a private pilot and enjoyed flying for many years.Joe was an active member of the Cambridge community having served on the Cambridge School Board, Cambridge Memorial Hospital Board and was a long time member of the Cambridge Lions Club, and a member of the Masonic Lodge #228 for 50 Years.. He was most proud of his grandchildren and loved spending time with his family. After retirement he spent many mornings at coffee with friends at the Cambridge Senior Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Floyd and Viola; 3 brothers: Harold, Darold, wife Sharon, and infant Floyd Jr. two grandchildren: Casey Raburn and Hunter Westadt.
Joe is survived by his wife Lorene; three sons: Douglas and wife Kay of Durham, NC; Derek and wife Jennifer; Jay and wife Michelle; daughter Pamela and husband Troy Westadt all of Cambridge; 10 grandchildren; sister-in-law: Marian Raburn of Holdrege, NE.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 19, 2019 at 10:30 AM at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Cambridge with Pastor David Kim officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday at the Lockenour-Jones Mortuary from 10:00 AM till 7:00 PM. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery of Cambridge. Memorials may be left in Joe’s name to Cambridge Senior Center or Trinity United Methodist Church. Lockenour-Jones entrusted with services.
Trinity United Methodist Church
620 Penn St.,
Tel: (308) 697-4352
Cambridge Senior Center
604 Patterson St.,
Tel: (308) 697-4889