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Doyle Willis Raines

September 20, 1935 ~ June 6, 2021 (age 85)


Doyle Willis Raines, age 85, of Crawfordsville, passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2021. He was born September 20, 1935 in Bedford, Indiana to Joseph and Pearl Raines.

He graduated from Bedford High school 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. He was an avid guitar player of country western and bluegrass. Many times, he rented a building in North Salem for musical jams with friends. He was the founder and last original member of the Raines Reunion, that 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.

Doyle 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.

Doyle is survived by 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

In addition to his parents Doyle 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; 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 2:00pm until the time of funeral service at 4:00pm. There will be a graveside service on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Leatherwood Cemetery in Bedford, Indiana at 1:00 pm. The service will be live-streamed and recorded, which can be viewed on Doyle's obituary page at . Sanders Priebe Funeral Care is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at

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June 11, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sanders Priebe Funeral Care (Washington Street, Crawfordsville)

Funeral Service
June 11, 2021

4:00 PM
Sanders - Priebe Funeral Care (Crawfordsville)

Graveside Service
June 12, 2021

1:00 PM
Leatherwood Cemetery, Bedford, Indiana

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