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David Arledge Rainey, Sr., of Buffalo Creek, CO, and most recently Boulder, CO, passed away peacefully in hospice care on May 31, 2014, just two weeks after his 94th birthday. Born in Beaumont, TX, on May 16, 1920 (there for only two months), he lived the rest of his life in Colorado. After graduating from East Denver High School, he worked for the Colorado & Southern (C&S) Railway in the Accounting Department from 1938 to 1980, rising from messenger boy to Vice President/Controller of the C&S and 6 other regional railroads. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Coast Artillery/Anti-Aircraft Corp, retiring from the Army Reserve with rank of Major. He was a long-time active member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Denver. After retirement, he made his full-time residence in Buffalo Creek, where, over the past 34 years, he contributed to the community as president and board member of the water company, president of the Buffalo Park Improvement Association, board member of the Pine Grove Library, president of the Little Chapel in the Hills, sexton of the cemetery, and informal historian of the North Fork of the South Platte Historical District. He loved the community of Buffalo Creek almost as much as he loved his family. He is preceded in death by his parents, J. Woodson Rainey and Helen (Nell) Lipscomb; his first wife of 39 years, Jean Banta; his second wife of 16 years, Blake Mumford Case; three brothers, J. Woodson Rainey, Dudley L. Rainey, and Joseph S. Rainey; and step-son Alan Case. He is survived by his third wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Jones Hawkinson; sons David A. Rainey, Jr., of Littleton, Frank C. Rainey (Gayle) of Longmont, and John W. Rainey (Mikki) of Boulder; step-sons Marshall Case (Susie) of Brea, CA, Robert Hawkinson (Cindy) and James Hawkinson (Tamara) of Tulsa, OK; and step-daughter Ann Hawkinson of Tulsa; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at The Little Chapel in the Hills, 24001 Hilltop Road, Buffalo Creek, CO 80425. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to TRU Community Care Hospice (www.trucare.org) or Buffalo Park Improvement Association, P.O. Box 134, Buffalo Creek, CO 80425.

Published in Longmont Times-Call on June 8, 2014
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