Thomas Jefferson Rainey Jr.

Thomas Jefferson Rainey Jr. Thomas Jefferson Rainey, Jr. died on March 17, 2013, of pneumonia at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. He was 86.

Military funeral services will be held Sept. 20 at Grandview Cemetery in Chillicothe, Ohio. His ashes will be interred at the family gravesite there.

Thomas was born Dec. 12, 1926, in Louisville, Ky., to Thomas J. and Nettie Rainey. He served in the U.S. Navy from Nov. 22, 1944, to May 20, 1946. During World War II he served in Okinawa.

He was a private pilot and flew on his G.I. Bill after his military service. He restored a 1922 Model T Ford and drove it for fun.

He and his wife, Wanda, had three children: Steven, Eric, and Kimberly.

Thomas was employed by North American Aviation, Rockwell and finally Boeing Aircraft, working on the B-1 bomber, in Columbus, Ohio, before retiring in 1999. After moving to Ridgecrest, Thomas was known as “Mr. Sunshine” at the Happy Times Seniors Club. He enjoyed traveling in his motor home.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas J. and Nettie Rainey, and his wife, Wanda J. Rainey.

He is survived by his children, Steven Rainey of Ridgecrest, Eric Rainey of Pataskala, Ohio, and Kimberly S. Rainey of Camarillo, Calif.

Submitted by the family of Thomas Jefferson Rainey Jr.

Story First Published: 2013-08-14