Robert F. Rainey, of Carlyle, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at the Carlyle Healthcare Center at the age of 79 years.
Bob was born in Mt. Vernon, Jan. 1, 1935, the son of Homer M. and Lillian H. (Howe) Rainey. On Aug. 14, 1954, in Mt. Vernon, Bob married Shirley Keller and Shirley survives in Carlyle.
Bob is also survived by his children, Edward Rainey and wife Pat of Keyesport, Michael Rainey of Carlyle, Bob Rainey and wife Sallie of DeWitt, Iowa and Francie Voss and husband Randy of Carlyle; grandchildren, April Rainey and fiance Jerod Stinnett, Amanda Rainey, Angie Grayling, Jonathon Rainey, Jordan Rainey, Lindsey Baldridge and husband Ben, Sarah Rainey, Brad Voss and wife Shanowa, Justin Voss and wife Chelsie, Kristen Edler and husband Josh and Alex Voss; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Floyd Rainey and Charles Rainey and wife Minta; sister-in-law, Betty Rainey; and brother-in-law, Sam Kirk.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Edward A. Rainey; sisters, Lois Fox and Elva Dean Suerstedt; brothers-in-law, K. Le`Moyne Fox and Richard Smart; sisters-in-law, Johnetta Smart, Mary Lou Kirk and Mary Lou Rainey; and great-granddaughters, Anna and Kate Edler.
Bob worked from 1952 to 1958 as a “roughneck” on oil rigs in Southern Illinois. In 1958, he graduated from the Illinois State Police Academy and worked from 1958 to 1985 as an Illinois State Trooper. In 1964, he was one of eight sharp shooters on the Illinois State Police Pistol Team and won over 40 trophies. After his retirement from the Illinois State Police, Bob worked for Country Companies as a Crop Hail Adjuster for approximately 25 years. Prior to having health issues, Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and wintering in the warm south and enjoying life with his family- his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He particularly was fond of watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in extra curricular events.