Lewis “Ray” Rains, 73, passed away February 12, 2021. He was born to Sylvia (Zavitz) and Bobby Dean Rains at Paris, Ark., on March 2, 1947.
Ray proudly served in the Army during Vietnam era from 1965-1968, active and in reserves for 3 more years. Ray married JoLinda Walker at Macksville, Kan., on March 20, 1971.
To his family, Ray was known as “Butch.” He loved nature, especially plants and rocks. Ray never found a rock he could live without, no matter the size. He was known as eccentric and a “jack-of-all-trades.”
Ray was a proud member of the American Legion, supported the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW), and the Disabled American Veteran (DAV) local chapters. For many years, Ray was an escort for the Patriot Guard. He was also an American Legion Rider.
Ray never met a stranger and would go out of his way to show kindness, especially toward children. He loved to make them laugh. Most of all, Ray loved his grandchildren. He will be missed.
He is survived by his wife, JoLinda, of the home; children, Travis (Katalina), Shawnee; Trenton (Kelly), Shawnee; and Trevor, Salina; grandchildren, Anna, Brynden and Madalyn; siblings, Mike Oglesby (Pat), Surprise, Ariz.; Debbie Schmidt (Perry), Topeka; Kelly Lyons, Ark., and Kevin Rains, Ark.; and uncle, Jim Rains (Jackie), Hot Springs, Ark.
Ray was predeceased in death by his father, Bobby Dean; mother and stepfather, Sylvia and Bill Oglesby; and sister, Marie Englett.
Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 27, at Ryan Mortuary.
Memorials to Wounded Warrior Project, Multiple Sclerosis Society or Autism Society The Heartland, in care of Ryan Mortuary, Salina.
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