"Concerned with the General Welfare of the Deaf of Iowa"

Updated  August 3, 2021

Russell D. Rains

August 9, 1926--July 23, 2020 

Russell Donald Rains, 93, of Beloit, WI, died on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Alden Meadow Park Health Care Center, Clinton, WI.

He was born on August 9, 1926 in Renssalaer, IN, the son of Ames and Myrtle (Siders) Rains. He attended Iowa School for the Deaf, Council Bluffs, Iowa for two years before has and his family moved to Illinois.  Russell was a 1946 graduate of Illinois School for the Deaf. He married Ingibjorg Einarsdittir on October 22, 1955 in Rockford, IL. She predeceased him on August 17, 2003.

Russell was employed by Ingersoll Milling Company for 34 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of Rockford Center for Sight and Hearing, Rockford Deaf Senior Citizen Club and the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf. Russell was also a member and president of the Rockford Silent Club and the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Delavan, WI.

Survivors include his two sons, Daniel (Colleen) Rains of Janesville, WI and Ronald Rains of Beloit, WI; and nieces.

He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, John and Francis; and infant nephew, William.

Graveside Service for Russell was held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford, IL, with Reverend William Wagner officiating. Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Rd., Beloit, WI, assisted the family with arrangements.

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