Doyle Willis Raines, 85, of Crawfordsville, passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2021.
He was born Sept. 20, 1935 in Bedford, Ind. to Joseph and Pearl Raines.
Mr. Raines graduated from Bedford Highschool and attended Purdue University. He was a member of the National Guard, 138th Battalion, serving six years with Honorable Discharge as Staff Sergeant. He married Norma Jane Thompson on May 6, 1974. He retired from Indiana Dept. of Corrections in 1999, as the Chief of Operations. He also worked at Indiana Brass, Hyster Company, Sparton’s, Commercial Filters, and Harnischfeger.
Mr. Raines was an avid guitar player of country western and bluegrass. Many times, he rented a building in North Salem for musical jams with friends. Mr. Raines was the founder and last original member of the Raines Reunion, which took place every Memorial Day for 42 years. He cherished his grandkids and great-grandkids. He was devoted to his family and will be deeply missed.
Mr. Raines was a historian, he was a conversationalist. No subject was off limits. He knew enough to talk about politics, athletics, wars and music. He was a carpenter, electrician, plumber and auto mechanic.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Norma Raines of Crawfordsville; three children, Cindy (Joe) Hunter of Bedford, Misty (Michael) Busse of Connersville and Traci (Tim) Seavy of Lebanon; a son-in-law, Tony Kohl of Crawfordsville; 16 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his three daughters, Shawn Phillips, Sherry Farrell and Trisa Kohl; son, Timothy Raines; three sisters, Doris Earley, Connie Pingree and Geraldine Raines; and his three brothers, Joseph Raines, Robert Raines and Wayne Raines.
Visitation will be at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S. Washington Street in Crawfordsville on Friday June 11, 2021 from 2 p.m. until the time of funeral service at 4 p.m. There will be a graveside service on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Leatherwood Cemetery in Bedford, Ind. at 1 p.m. The service will be live-streamed and recorded, which can be viewed on his obituary page at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care is entrusted with care.
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