Tilman Rains – Obituary

July 2, 2009 at 8:00 am (Cline Roots) (, , )

Tilman Rains, 83, Gates Oldtimer, Taken by Death (written abt 1960)

Gates – Funeral services were held at Weddle Funeral Chapel in Stayton, Sunday afternoon, February 14, for Tilman Rains, lifelong resident of this area, who died at his home here Thursday, at the age of 83.

Tilman (Till) Rains was born January 9, 1877, at Silverton, his mother passing away at his birth. The family moved to the Mill City area later, and at the age of 12 Rains had the misfortune to lose his left arm in a threshing machine accident. Despite the handicap he worked in the woods as a logger until he retired, and his strength and ability in the woods was second to none.

Surviving are his widow, Sarah, whom he married February 16, 1924; a son, Tilman Rains Jr., of Howell; two step sons, Louis (Bud) Cline, of Mill City and Leon Cline, of Foster; a step daughter, Mrs. Marie Toepfer, of Fern Ridge; 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Preceding him in death was one son, Daniel, who died in 1918, and a grandson, Marvin Cline, of Sweet Home, accidentally killed in 1959.

Arlin J. Rothauge, of the Gates Community Church, was the minister in charge. Rains had been a member of IOOF at Bain, Washington since July 1909, joining the Mill City Lodge in 1941. Ray White, noble grand, Gates, conducted the ritual, with Irl Plymale, as chaplain. Pallbearers were Jack Gulliford, Albert Harris, and Elmer Stewart, all of Gates, and Stanley Vail, Otto Witt, and Gus Koenicke, all of Mill City. Burial was in Fairview cemetery at gates.

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