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Charles Lloyd Rains

Posted on October 25, 2022

Updated on October 27, 2022


Robinson, Jun. 3, 1941 - Ill. — Oct. 24, 2022Charles Lloyd Rains, 81, of Robinson, Illinois passed away October 24, 2022, after many years of failing health. He was born to Harry and Annis Rains, rural Hutsonville, on June 3, 1941.

Charles graduated from Hutsonville High School in 1959 and entered the Army, serving for 3 years, most of which was in Germany. Upon returning home, he worked for Refiner's Transport and Wyke's Gravel Pit before beginning a career at CIPS/Ameren at the Hutsonville power plant in 1965. He started as a utility man working in the coal yard and worked his way up in operations, becoming a shift supervisor in 1984, and retiring in 1998 after 33 years with the company. While working at the plant, he simultaneously raised livestock (mostly hogs) with his wife and family.

After retiring, he became an ordained minister and served in the pulpit at White Oak Church, rural Oblong, for nine years. He had a special heart for those in need, even visiting the jails and ministering to those incarcerated. In 2006, he was elected to the Crawford County Board, re-elected in 2010 and again in 2012. However, due to a stroke, he was forced to resign in December of that year. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 742 in Hutsonville.

Charles loved fishing, coon hunting, dabbling in the stock market, and being surrounded by his family. Nothing brought him greater joy then having his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren near.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Zelpha Mae (Crabtree) Rains, brothers Emmitt (Linda) Rains of Hutsonville, and Wayne (Faye) Rains of Chattanooga, TN. Also, surviving are his children Julia (Doug) Daniels (Hutsonville), Amy (John) Rogers (Hutsonville), David (Carmen) Rains (Robinson), and Tim (Jamie) Rains (Hutsonville); Grandchildren Coey (Laura) Daniels, Christopher (Mallory) Daniels, Katelyn (Mitch) Williams, Emily Rogers, Nicholas (Kait) Rogers, Shelby (Moise) Moctezuma, Cassandra (Isiah) Osborne, Cierra (Josh) Scooler, Collin (Summer) Rains, Samuel Rains, and Henry Rains; Ten great-grandchildren with two more on the way. He is also survived by a dear cousin, Joan (Charles) Gillespie.

Preceding him in death were his parents and grandson, Jake Isaac Rains.

A time of visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 28th, at the Porterville Congregational Christian Church. Another visitation will be held at the church from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 29th, with services immediately following at 11:00 a.m. Pastors Jeff Monroney and Jerry McDaniel will officiate. Burial will be in the Hutsonville Cemetery. Memorials should be made to "HSHS Illinois Home Care", 701 W. Temple Ave., Effingham, IL, 62401 or to the "Robinson Area Food Pantry", 602 E. Pine St., Robinson, IL, 62454.

The Goodwine Funeral Home in Robinson is in charge of arrangements. For more information, or to share a memory or condolence online, please visit

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