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Obituary

William “Bill” Rainey

July 27, 1950 - February 14, 2024

William “Bill” C. Rainey, 73, of Lincoln passed away February 14, 2024. He was born July 27, 1950, in Urbandale, IA to Joseph Clifford and Eva Dolores (Chambers) Rainey.

Bill attended Urbandale High School graduating in 1968. He enjoyed playing the trumpet and saxophone in both the concert and marching bands and was a youth cadet in the Civil Air Patrol. He attended Greenville College and Des Moines Area Community College studying marketing and sales where he met his future wife, Beth Leichliter. They were united in marriage on July 17, 1970. They have 2 children, Missy and Mark, and 3 grandchildren.

During Bill’s career he was a salesman and auto finance and insurance manager consistently earning recognition and top salesman awards including two trips to Hawaii. He later went on to join Beth at her growing printing business. Earlier in his career he was also a Captain with the Urbandale Volunteer Fire Department. Bill retired in 2014 so he could pursue his hobbies.

Bill was an avid golfer who liked to golf “every day that ends in y”. He was very active in the Lincoln Men’s Senior Golf League as a golfer, board member and scorecard coordinator. Bill was also a member of the Lincoln Municipal Golfers Association. He enjoyed coordinating and attending annual golf trips with friends. Bill was fortunate enough to shoot a hole in one twice throughout his years of golfing.

Bill enjoyed bowling in a men’s league and couples league with his wife Beth where she witnessed him bowl a perfect 300 game. He was privileged to compete on the Let’s Go Bowling TV show once as well. Bill’s other activities included: softball, umpiring, fishing, hunting, trap and skeet shooting, traveling, telling jokes, singing and spending time with family. Bill was an active member of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church.

Bill is survived by his wife of 53 years, Beth; daughter Missy (Dave) Clark; son Mark (Shana) Rainey; grandchildren Will Rainey, MaryBeth Clark, Cal Clark; sister Panchita (David) Osborne; brother Larry (Marcia) Rainey; several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial service: 12:00 pm Saturday, March 2, 2024, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 8300 East Point Road. Interment in the Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please direct memorials to the family for a memorial bench to be placed at a City of Lincoln golf course. Memorials may also be directed to Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church.

Services

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Memorial Service

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Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church

8300 East Point Road, Lincoln, NE, 68506

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February 25, 2024

Bill had such a wicked humor, deadpan lines delivered with that lingering smile. Always enjoyed seeing him and his pals on the golf course. No irony in his life closing on the day of hearts and flowers. Will not be in town until day after his service, but will be thinking of him Saturday.

– Mike Smith
February 25, 2024

Over the years Bill and I golfed a lot. The competition was always spirited but fun and friendly. I always figured if I could beat Bill I would be in the money! The golf course will just not be the same without him. He will be missed. Very sorry for your loss.

– Gerald John
February 19, 2024

Every time I saw Bill he had a smile on his face. Wonderful example of a husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed. I’m so sorry for your loss.

– Marie Leedom

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