Doyle Willis Raines

Sept. 20, 1935-June 6, 2021


Doyle Willis Raines, 85, of Crawfordsville passed away Sunday, June 6, 2021.

He was born Sept. 20, 1935, at 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 an honorable discharge as staff sergeant. He married Norma Jane Thompson on May 6, 1974. He retired from Indiana Department 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; son-in-law Tony Kohl of Crawfordsville; 16 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

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; and three brothers, Joseph Raines, Robert Raines and Wayne Raines.

Visitation will be at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S. Washington St., Crawfordsville, on Friday June 11 from 2 p.m. until the time of funeral service at 4 p.m. There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 12 at Leatherwood Cemetery, Bedford. The service will be live-streamed and recorded, which can be viewed on Doyle’s obituary page at

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