Charles A. "Chuck" Rains |

Charles A. "Chuck" Rains

The Rev. Charles A. “Chuck” Rains passed away Nov. 16, 2007, at the Medical Lodge in Clay Center, Kan.He was born May 28, 1926, in Lexington, Neb., to Everett Francis and Anna Rowena (Rice) Rains. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46. Throughout his life, Charles served as a lay minister while holding down various jobs at the same time serving small churches who could not afford a full-time minister. In 1977, he was ordained while serving at the Congregational UCC Church in Silt. In that same year, Charles oversaw the construction and dedication of a new church building for the Silt Congregational Church. He also served at the Congregational Churches in Cripple Creek and Arriba. Charles served Silt/New Castle Congregational Churches from 1974-85. In 1995, he was named pastor emeritus. He was elected and served as mayor for Silt from 1980-84. After leaving Silt, he served at the Immanuel Congregational UCC Church in Brush from 1986-92. After retiring, he moved to Eckert until moving to Clay Center, Kan., in 2002.He was an avid fisherman and hunter and loved the mountains. He enjoyed playing cards with friends and family.Survivors include his wife, Neva Jane (Reasoner); brother Allen Charles; sister Anna Marie Stovall; daughters Verna (Rich) Crawford, Joanne (Bill) Barker, Debra (Terry) Buckman and Clarissa (Terry) Keeling; son Charles E. (Denise) Rains; stepchildren Allen (Cheryl) Cronkite, Donna (Brent) Bulk and Dewain (Pamela) Corr; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and his first wife, Susie M. Hamilton. He was preceded in death by brothers George and Everett; sisters Nellie, Frances, Clara, Letha, Margaret and Marion; and second wife Leona Geraldine “Jerry” (Reasoner).Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at Gateway Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs.

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