Dr. R. G. Raines passed away at his home in Galveston on Thursday, February 26, from pneumonia after a long battle with post-polio syndrome. He was 86 years old. A funeral service will be held Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, 1201 Tremont, Galveston.
Dr. Raines lived a happy and fulfilled life. He was one of four children born to the late John William and Mary Elizabeth Raines and was raised in Meridian, Texas. When he was 19, at the beginning of World War II, he built a motorcycle from scratch, which he rode to California to join the war effort, assembling B-24 Liberator bombers. Shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the US Navy and was deployed as a Seabee to the Pacific Theater, where he saw action in New Guinea and on Okinawa. In 1947, he met and married the love of his life Dorothy Springer of High Point, NC. After the Navy, he and Dorothy moved to San Antonio, where, using the G.I. Bill, he studied to become a doctor of chiropractic medicine and where they were blessed to have their two children. Shortly after graduating, he moved his family to Galveston to join the Parker Chiropractic Clinic. Despite suffering polio in the 1952 epidemic, he had a successful and rewarding career as a chiropractor, going to the office six days a week for over 55 years to care for his patients and generously provide for his family. He started every day with a positive attitude, saying, "It's going to be a good day." His strength and sense of humor were an inspiration to everyone who met him. He is in a better place now and will be sadly missed.
Dr. Raines is survived by Dorothy, his loving wife of 61 years; daughter Sherry Hunt and husband Michael of Houston, TX; son Robert (Buddy) Glenn Raines II and wife Julie of Austin, TX, grandchildren Delona (Raines) Drews, Amy (Hunt) LaMorgese, Robert Glenn Raines III, Dawn Raines, Rob Hunt, Matthew Hunt, and Emily Raines; and five great-grandchildren.
In honor of his love of children, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House.
Friends may sign the register book and send the family condolences at www.CarnesBrothers.com/contactus. Please include the Raines name.