William A. Rains, 84, passed away Dec. 20, 2011. Survived by his daughter, Barbara (Steve) Farmer of Midlothian, Va.; son, David (Bonnie) Rains of Medina, Ohio; five grandchildren, Jennifer Lessmann and Joshua Farmer, Sara and Mathew Rains, and Elizabeth Rains King; six great-grandchildren; and brother, Robert D. (Gail) Rains of Ft. Collins. Predeceased by Frances, his wife of 60 years; and son, Richard L. Rains. Born to Agee F. and Elizabeth Rains on Nov. 6, 1927, in Los Angeles, Calif. His parents returned to Colorado in 1928 and he grew up in the San Luis Valley, graduating from La Jara High School in 1944. His parents moved to a farm just south of Rye in 1946. He received his BA from CSCE (now the University of Northern Colorado) in 1949 and his MA in 1952. He taught for three years, but after receiving his MA he went to Dow Chemical as a chemist at Rocky Flats, Colo. He enjoyed 41 years of challenging research in several different segments of the chemical industry. He retired in 1993, and returned to Colorado, settling in Pueblo. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and Kiwanis Club of Pueblo. Service, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at First Presbyterian Church, 220 West 10th St. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery.In lieu of flowers. contributions may be made to American Heart Association or American Cancer Society, through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Bill was a favorite cousin and he’s left behind many fun and heart felt memories.

    He and Fran both were so supportive during my cancer battle 10 years ago and that sort of kindness will never be forgotten.

    We send our very sincere condolences.

  2. Our deepest condolences to your family. Bill was a delightful person. We enjoyed his company and enjoyed playing bridge with him before the loss of his wife.
    Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time.

  3. My deepest heartfelt condolences go out to you and all of your family for your loss. The fond memories of his anniversary dinner with his wife and family, the Saturday lunch conversions will be with me forever. My prayers will be with you and yours.

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