William Allen Rainey, 77, of Glenwood, died at his home Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. A Celebration of Life was held Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at the First Christian Church in Glenwood. There was a visitation Nov. 5, 2013, at the Loess Hills Funeral and Cremation Center in Glenwood.
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William Allen Rainey, son of William Henry and Katherine Lilly (Thomas) Rainey was born Jan. 14, 1936, in rural Fremont County, near Thurman. He received his education and graduated from Glenwood High School in 1953. On June 20, 1954, he married Frances Louise Bird in Glenwood. Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Germany from 1954 -1956. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he started working for Allied Chemical and later took over a painting business he owned and operated for over 15 years known as Rainey Painting. He retired due to his health in 1986. Bill and Fran's marriage was blessed with four children, William Randal, Rodney Clyde, Ricky Allen and Lori Lynn.
Bill was a member of the First Christian Church in Glenwood. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching the greyhound races on his computer, bird watching, gardening, reading books, refurbishing furniture and antiques, playing cards, especially poker with his friends in Pacific Junction, and his favorite pastime, evening car rides with Fran looking at the wildlife and birds.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Katherine; stepfather, Clyde McIntire; sisters, Maxine Carnes, Betty McLean and Kay Davis; brothers-in-law, Ken Bird, Pete Dailey, Bob Carnes and Larry Davis; sister-in-law, Lorraine Dailey.
Bill is survived by his wife of 59 years, Fran; children, William (Beth) Rainey of Albuquerque, N.M.; Rodney (Brenda) Rainey; Ricky (Brenda) Rainey; and Lori Harris, all of Glenwood; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; other relatives and a host of special friends.
Published in The Opinion-Tribune on Nov. 13, 2013
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