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Lt. Col. J. D. (John) Rainbolt, 97, of San Antonio, passed away Monday, February 10, 2014 in New Braunfels. He was born in north Texas in 1917 to Ike and Mary Rainbolt. In 1936 he began his 40+ year career with Southwestern Bell Telephone as a telephone installer. J.D. married his bride of 73 years, Alta Grace Frost, in 1940. After the attack at Pearl Harbor, he enlisted as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, serving as a communications scout in France. In the final days of the war J.D. and his driver were the first Americans to enter the concentration camps in Landsberg, Germany. After the war, J.D. remained in the reserves, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He also returned to work at the phone company where he would eventually become the Military Activities Engineer, responsible for all military communications for the southwest. During that time J.D. was also in charge of telephone communications for President Lyndon Johnson during his frequent visits to his ranch in Johnson City. A gentleman rancher and avid hunter, J.D. loved the out-of-doors and his pets. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, David Pryor Rainbolt and his sister, Dorothy Aileen Wilkinson. J.D. is survived by his wife, Alta Grace; his children, Art Rainbolt and his wife, Candiss Smith, Margaret Rainbolt and her husband, James Woodruff and (Mary) Dusty Rainbolt and her husband, Weems Hutto; grandchildren, Christopher Rainbolt, Laurence Woodruff, Mary Woodruff and great-grandson, Sebastian Pryor Rainbolt. Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 16, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Porter Loring on McCullough Ave.
FEBRUARY 17, 2014
FORT SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
1520 HARRY WURZBACH
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 12562 Silicon Dr. Suite # 105 San Antonio, TX 78249.
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Porter Loring Mortuary - San Antonio
1101 McCullough San Antonio, TX 78212
Published in Express-News on Feb. 14, 2014