William E. Raines, 73

April 12, 2011

NOV. 8, 1937-APRIL 11, 2011

The Rev. William Edward "Bill" Raines, 73, of 2827 Northgate Blvd., Canterbury Gardens, Fort Wayne, Ind., died Monday, April 11, 2011, at NMS Healthcare of Hagerstown.

Born Nov. 8, 1937, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Arthur D. Raines Sr. and Calledith Mae Reeder Raines.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeannean D. Middaugh Raines, whom he was married in 1966.

He graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1956. He attended Fort Wayne Bible College, continuing his education at Taylor University in Fort Wayne.

He was ordained at the First Mennonite Church in Fort Wayne, where he was a member. He pastored and assisted in different churches in Fort Wayne and Kansas City, Kan. He built his own ministry, Restoring Justice with Compassion,  ministering to inmates throughout Indiana. He served on the Board of the NAACP, the Board of National Day of Prayer and was the chaplin for the Allen County Jail, all in Fort Wayne.

He was employed by Container Corporation in Fort Wayne.

He is survived by two daughters, Karen Reinoehl and husband, Michael, of Ashley, Ind., and Karla J. Staller and husband, Kristopher, of Vail, Ariz.; six sisters, Josephine Socks and husband, Jim, of Clear Spring, Md., Kaye Clever and June Raines, both of Sharpsburg, Md., Cindy Raines of Williamsport, Md., Joy Guessford and husband, Lee, and Judy E. Raines, all of Hagerstown; two brothers, Robert E. Raines and wife, Natalie, of The Villages, Fla., and Arthur D. Raines Jr. and wife, Alberta, of Hagerstown; three granddaughters, Andrea Reinoehl, Emily Staller and Sarah Staller; three grandsons, Gabriel Reinoehl, Kalib Reinoehl and Joseph Staller; two great-granddaughters; one aunt, Lorraine Bowman; one uncle, Elwood Reeder; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by infant son, Kevin Jay Raines; half sister, Ellen E. Raines; two sisters, Laura J. Raines and Linda S. Vance; and two brothers, Charles H. Raines and Larry G. Raines.

Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. Pastor Gary Zook will officiate. His body will be forwarded for services at First Mennonite Church in Fort Wayne and for burial in Huntertown Cemetery in Huntertown, Ind.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home in Hagerstown one hour prior to the service.

Family requests omission of flowers, with memorial donations made to Meadow Dialysis in Hagerstown, 19426 Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21742; the Hospice of Washington, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742; NMS Healthcare of Hagerstown, 14014 Marsh Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21740; or to a charity of your choice.

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