Frank McCutchan Ryburn, Jr., M. D., 99, of Lubbock, died suddenly on January 8, 2023, of complications following surgery. His life revolved around his practice as a physician, his participation in the life and work of First Presbyterian Church, and his leadership of a loving family.
He was born April 23, 1923, to Rev. Frank M. Ryburn and Nancy Reed Ryburn, and he grew up in South Charleston, West Virginia, with older sisters Emily and Jean and younger brother Sam. He attended Hampden-Sydney College for two years before going into the Army Specialized Training Program during WWII where he was assigned to medical school at the University of Virginia. On September 17, 1949, he married Mazie Allen Hall whom he met when she was a nursing student, and he was an intern at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. He began general practice in Jacksonville, Texas, but soon he was drafted into the Korean War and served as the commander of the base hospital at Red River Arsenal, New Boston, Texas. He then returned to Baylor for a residency in internal medicine. Upon completion of his training, he moved the family to Lubbock and established his practice, caring for patients and serving the medical community for the rest of his career. After retirement at the age of 70, he was called to a part time position as Medical Director of Hospice of Lubbock, continuing his career for more than a decade.
Frank and Mazie traveled extensively in the United States and to many international destinations. They loved to explore new cultures and to attend the graduations and weddings of their children and grandchildren. At home, Frank cultivated a garden and many fruit and nut trees; he loved to share the bounty with friends and family.
Mazie died two years ago, and Frank moved to an assisted living apartment at Carillon where he made new friends and appreciated the dedicated care of the staff. He was blessed just last month to spend Christmas with every one of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren in their home of 65 years. He is survived by his brother, Sam Ryburn, and many nieces and nephews as well as these family members who loved him as a wonderful Daddy, Frank, or Papa:
Mac Ryburn of Lubbock, his ex-wife Nancy, and his partner Linda Collins. Cullen Ryburn of Billings, Montana, and his fiancée, Katelyn Keating. Sarah Hopkins of Midland and her husband Zach.
Stephanie Rodda of Memphis, TN, and her husband Thad. Duke Rodda of St. Paul, MN, and his wife Meghan and daughters Ryan and Ivy. Emily Rodda of San Francisco, CA, and her husband Zack Zweber and sons Zane and Zander.
Scott Ryburn of Midland and his wife Amy. Allie Strand of Midland and her husband Andrew and daughters Andie and Anna Claire. Ben Ryburn of Dallas and his wife Sarah and their baby expected in February. Chris Ryburn of Midland and his wife Amy and their children Carter, Sonny, and Lane. Courtney Ryburn of Midland.
Debi Cook of New Braunfels and her husband Robert. Amanda Oberbeck of Dallas and her husband Mike. Casey Cook of Austin and her daughters Lily, Natalie, and Emily. Marcy Vreeland of Fredericksburg and her husband Charles and their baby expected in April.
Visitation will be Sunday, January 22, 2023, from 4:00-6:00 pm at Combest Family Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 23, 2023, at 10:30 am, at First Presbyterian Church, 3814 130th Street followed by burial at Resthaven Memorial Park under the personal care and direction of Combest Family Funeral Home. Reverends Betsey Heavner and Elizabeth Abraham will be the officiants.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, Meals on Wheels, Hospice of Lubbock, or South Plains Food Bank.
First Presbyterian Church will be live-streaming the services via their facebook page at firstpresbyterianchurchlbk. Please contact the church (806-763-0401) for more information regarding access to the livestream.