Richard A. Rainer, of Amherst, died on Saturday, June 22, 2013 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. He was 75. He was born in Niagara Falls, NY on January 1, 1938, the son of the late Fred and Elizabeth (Whyte) Rainer.
Attending local schools, Richard joined the U.S. Army in 1955 and was honorably discharged from the reserves in 1963. As a young man, he worked for the railroad, the Niagara Power Project and the Carborundum Company for 10 years. He retired in 1999 from Harrison Radiator where he worked as a millwright for over 30 years. Richard loved and spent a lot of time outdoors fishing, hunting camping and photography. He also enjoyed collecting and learning the new age of electronics. He was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church; the American Legion LaSalle Post 1142; VFW and the UAW 686.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy (Pitts) Rainer, married in 1961; five children, Deborah Chandler of Lockport, Capt. Richard Rainer, Jr. (Bente) of Amherst, James Rainer of Youngstown, Beverly Zambito (Frank) of Tonawanda and Robert Rainer (fiance, Dondi) of Indiana; his brother, Norman Rainer (Elizabeth) of Kentucky; sister, Margaret Pike of Niagara Falls; sixteen grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Norman Rainer, on October 27, 2011; and by his siblings, Shirley Raverinni, Joan Candella, Harry Rainer and Maureen Neidermeyer.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 2-4, 7-9 PM in the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls. Funeral Services on Thursday at 11 AM in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 453 Old Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda. Interment will be private in Elmlawn Cemetery.