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Floyd Merle Rainey, 90, of Columbia passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Boone Landing. He was born on March 18, 1927 in Mount Vernon, Illinois, the son of the late Homer and Lillian (Howe) Rainey.

Floyd grew up in Mt. Vernon, Illinois which is where he attended school and was a member of the graduating class of 1944. Upon graduating high school, he went on to attend Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He was united in marriage to Mary Lou Street on September 21, 1951 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, and together they shared 57 years together until her passing in December of 2008. Floyd proudly served his country through two different terms with the United States Marine Corp. where he obtained the rank of Sargent. After his life as a Marine, Floyd went on to work as a Regional Superintendent for the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline for over 32 years until his retirement in 1986. Floyd was a faithful family man. He always did the right thing, even if it wasnt the easy thing. He was very loved and will be missed dearly.

Floyd is survived by one daughter: Lee Anne (Jack) Craven of El Dorado Springs, MO; one brother: Charles Ray Rainey of Salem, IL; two grandchildren: Alex (Katie) Hess of Kansas City, MO and Jessica (John) Lyons of South Haven, MS; four great-grandchildren: John and Judith Hess; and Jack and Tate Lyons.

He was preceded in death by one son: Don E. Rainey; two brothers: Edward and Robert Rainey; and two sisters: Lois Rainey-Fox and Elvadean Rainey.

In Lieu of Flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Marine Corp Toys for Tots, Second Chance Animal Rescue of Columbia or an animal shelter of the donor's choice.
Published on January 3, 2018
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