Obituary: Eldon Raines

Eldon N. Raines, 91, of Conway Springs, died Sunday, April 30, 2017, at his residence in Conway Springs.

Eldon was born on Dec. 11, 1925, at Falls City, Neb., the only child of Dewey Nelson Raines and Blanche (Randolph) Raines. He grew up in Falls City and attended the local schools. He graduated from Falls City High School with the class of 1942.

Eldon entered the U. S. Navy on May 23, 1944, where he served his country during World War II. He was honorably discharged on May 29, 1946.

Eldon attended Creighton University in Omaha a short time before going to work for the railroad as a trackman.

In 1947, he met Marilyn Jean Cass at Highland, Kan. The two were united in marriage on Nov. 19, 1948 in the Christian Church in St. Joseph, Mo.

The couple made their first home in Highland, where Eldon owned Raines’ Café Bus and Truck Stop for several years. They moved to Falls City, Neb., before moving to Winfield, Kan., in 1951.

In 1955, Eldon and Marilyn owned and operated the local theatre in Conway Springs, before purchasing the Conway Rest Home in the early 1960s. Eldon worked as an electrician for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita for 38 years and retired in April of 1988.

He and Marilyn celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2013. Marilyn died May 31, 2014.

Eldon was a member of the First Christian Church and the American Legion A. Tom Kirk Post #265, Conway Springs.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and his step-father Harry Lohnes.

Eldon is survived by one son, Michael Raines and wife Hieu of Bremerton, Wash.; one daughter, Vickie Patzel and husband Joe of Wichita; three grandchildren, Melissa Tinker and husband Martin, Laura Johnston and husband Chris, and Dennis Raines. He also is survived by nine great-grandchildren and a number of other relatives and many friends.

Funeral service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 5, at the First Christian Church, with Pastor Bill Nestelroad officiating. Graveside committal service will be at 2 p.m. in Dexter Cemetery, Dexter, Kan., with military honors provided by the U.S. Navy. Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs is in charge of arrangements. Online guest book and condolences are available at

Memorials have been established to the First Christian Church or Conway Springs EMS.