RAYBURN F. LAVIGNE - BURLINGTON - Rayburn F. Lavigne, 91, of Burlington, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston. Rayburn was born in Burlington on Jan. 2, 1922, the son of Roy and Mamie (Bruleigh) Lavigne. He was a decorated United States World War II veteran who served his country as a tail gunner and bombardier for 73 missions on a B26 Bomber called "Pistol Packing Mama," until he was wounded and returned home. On Aug. 12, 1944, Rayburn and Nancy (Vaughan) Lavigne were married in Atlantic City, N.J. Rayburn was employed with P.F. Jurgs in 1945, and became a partner with P.F. Jurgs. After leaving P.F. Jurgs in the 1980's, he established his own accounting firm, R.F. Lavigne & Co. He retired in 2000. In the 1970's, Rayburn built a summer home on Coates Island in Colchester, where he enjoyed fishing all summer long and spending time with his family. Everyone enjoyed his memorable 4th of July celebrations. Rayburn was an avid hunter, he and John Trono built Lavigne's Lodge in South Lincoln where they enjoyed many years of hunting with family and friends. Rayburn is survived by his wife of 69 years, Nancy V. Lavigne; son, Gary G. Lavigne and wife, Mary; daughter-in-law, Violet "Pinky" Lavigne; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter, Vicki, in 2005; and son, Rayburn V., in July 2013. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. at LaVigne Funeral Home, 132 Main St. in Winooski. Interment will follow at Deerview Cemetery in Williston. There will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, 1110 Prim Rd., Colchester, VT 05446.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Nov. 8, 2013