Published 12:00 am Monday, December 8, 2008
Robert Eugene Pyburn, 82, of Austin, died on Dec. 6, 2008, at the Conforcare Good Samaritan Center in Austin, after a short battle with lung cancer.
He was born on Sept. 22, 1926, on the Evergreen Farm in Austin to James A. and Goldie Margaret (Miller) Pyburn. He attended Austin High School, graduating in 1945. He married Gladys Ann Arett on March 20, 1948, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. Robert was a farmer, a route driver for Red Oak Grove and Marigold Daries and later was owner/operator of North Main and Interstate Skelly service stations in Austin. He enjoyed yard sales, auctions and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was a member of St. Olaf Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the Eagles Club, serving as President in 1998, and enjoyed many volunteer activities for the Club.
He is survived by two sons, Rick (Suzanne) Pyburn, Sioux City, Iowa, David (Cheryl) Pyburn, Lansing; daughter-in-law, Kathy Pyburn, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; five grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Elizabeth, Bridget and Heather; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, John (Gretchen) Pyburn, Green Valley, Ariz., William Pyburn, Austin and Kenneth (Barbara) Pyburn, Menahga, Minn.; special friend, Evelyn Doubek, Austin and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys on Aug. 10, 1993; his son, Gary on Oct. 24, 2005 and his brother, Roger on May 2, 2002.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at the Worlein Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Kristi Koppel, officiating. There will be no visitation. Friends may gather with the family from 1 to 2 p.m., Friday at the funeral home to celebrate Robert’s life. A private interment will be held at a later date at Oakwood Cemetery.