Robert Joseph Gainer

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    - The Glass Family - Bob, Cindy, Sue and Park
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    - Erin York
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Robert Joseph Gainer
AIKEN, SC - Mr. Robert J. Gainer, 87, entered into rest on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. Mr. Gainer was born in Capitol Heights, Md. eldest child of Giles and Florence Boswell Gainer. Robert (Bob) proudly served his country, entering the Marine Corps at 17 near the end of WWII. Making the Marine Corps Rifle Team, he set a USMC record that stood for a decade.
After WWII, Bob attended the University of Maryland, became a Manufacturer's Representative, and, later, vice president of a construction firm. In 1974, Bob founded R.J. Gainer & Son, Inc., a building/development company specializing in residential communities and custom homes in the Washington, D.C. area. He was owner/operator of the firm for 23 years.
An avid sportsman, Bob enjoyed playing golf (shooting his age or better for 16 straight years from age 68 to 83). When younger, he played many sports, was especially fond of baseball, and was a Boys Club coach. Bob spent many happy days hunting ducks and geese along the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland's Eastern Shore, usually in the company of one of his sons.
Bob lived in District Heights, Md. from 1951 to 1973. The family then moved to the Brookville, Md. countryside, raising cattle and horses until he retired in 1997. From 1997-2007, he resided in Governor's Land, Williamsburg, Va., where he was a member of Two Rivers Country Club. In 2008, Bob made Aiken's Woodside Plantation Country Club his home.
Bob was a former Sunday School teacher and an Elder and Deacon in the Presbyterian and Methodist churches.
A man of enormous warmth and generosity, he enthusiastically shared his love of golf, old movies and gardening with his family, and loved dining and visiting with the Woodside Plantation CC staff. Married for over 66 years, Bob kept his romance with Marti alive. The love they shared never faded. He was one of a kind, and will be terribly missed.
Survivors include wife, Margaret "Marti" Gainer; two sons, Robert M. Gainer (Lynn) , High Ridge, Mo., and Brett J. Gainer (Alison), Sacramento, Calif.; two daughters, Jill L. Gainer, Aiken, S.C., and Leila J. Gainer, Pawley's Island, S.C.; a brother, Lt. Colonel Giles W. Gainer (Dorothy), USAF Ret., Jackson Gap, Ala.; a sister, Judith Ann Nickerson, Tucson, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Inurnment will be at 2:45 PM on Sunday, December 14 at St, John's Methodist Church followed by a memorial service with military honors at 3:00 PM. The Rev. Dr. Ray Litts and Rev. Dr. Tim McClendon officiating.
Memorial contributions may be directed to St, John's Methodist Church or the Wounded Warriors Project of Aiken.
The Historic George Funeral Home, 211 Park Ave., SW, Aiken, SC, 29801 (803.649.6234) in charge of arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy for the Gainer family may be left by visiting http://www.georgefuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Dec. 12, 2014
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