Theodore Rainey, age 94, of Niceville, Fla., passed away peacefully Sept. 4, 2013, after a short illness at the Manor at Blue Water Bay.
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Born in Norton, Va., son of a coal miner, he entered the Navy at an early age and served 26 years, retiring as a chief petty officer. Theodore was Director of the American Red Cross for 17 years and was a member of Masonic Lodge 312, Niceville; American Legion 235, Fort Walton Beach, a member of the Scottish Rite, and a Shriner.
Theodore is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mary Rainey; sisters, Mildred Martin and Margaret Martin; and brother, Robert Rainey. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Maria M. Rainey; daughters, Carolyn Carneal, Barbara Lephew, Audry Hixson, Dorothy Cochran and Glenda Steed; step-son, Hans Albrecht Konrad of Munchen, Germany; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; in-laws, Robert Wahl, Peter Werle and their families, all of Germany; and several nieces and nephews.
Theodore's family will receive friends and family on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m., and a Masonic Funeral Service will be Monday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. Both will be held at Twin Cities Cremations and Funeral Homes, 1405 John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Fla. Interment will follow after the service at Live Oak Memorial Park Cemetery, 112 East North Ave., Crestview, Fla.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.Twincitiescremationsfunerals.com.
McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home
1405 John Sims Parkway E
Niceville, FL 32578
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News from Sept. 6 to Sept. 7, 2013