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Clarence Edwin Raines, 70, passed from this earthly life Sunday morning, March 10, 2013, surrounded by family and friends.

A memorial service is planned for 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Dayspring Fellowship, 2217 S. Fretz, Edmond, Okla.

He was born Aug. 11, 1942, near Heavener, Okla., to Dorothy and Henry Raines.

Heavener was his home, but he and his brothers, Clyde and Claude, spent two years (1957-1958) at Boys Ranch Town in Edmond, because of their parents’ illnesses.

He graduated from Heavener High School, excelling in sports and leadership.

He was ordained in 1960, at age 18, as a Baptist minister and served several congregations in the Heavener area. He attended Oklahoma Baptist University, and years later graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Okla., receiving a bachelor of arts degree in English and psychology.

He joined the U.S. Air Force, which trained him in the Russian language.

He returned to civilian life and pastored churches in Ada, Reydon, and Wakita, Okla., as well as Yates Center and Colony, Kan. Clarence received seminary training at Midwestern Baptist Seminary and Central Baptist Seminary, both in the Kansas City area.

He was a counselor at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kan., the athletic director at Boys Ranch Town, Edmond, a probation officer and later director of an Ottawa-based four-county community probation program. He also served as chaplain at a women’s prison in McLoud, Okla.

In his retirement years, he continued to minister in nursing homes, to perform weddings and funerals, and to home-school his sons.

Clarence was known for his deep faith in God, his intellectual curiosity and his ability to share what he knew and treasured.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, George; and son, Matthew Raines (2000).

Survivors include his wife, Verla; sons, Dylan and Sterling Raines; sister, Judy Raines McKee; brothers, Clyde, Claude and Henry Raines; former wife, Sue Reeder; multiple in-laws; nephews and nieces.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Baptist Boys Ranch Town, Edmond, OK.

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