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Joseph A. Raines

Joseph A. “Joe” Raines, 49, of Elwood, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022 at Ascension – St. Vincent Hospital in Carmel after a short battle with double pneumonia from Covid-19.
He was born April 9, 1972 in Anderson, the son of James A. “Jimmy” and Cecilia M. (Heagy) Raines.
Joe was a 1990 graduate of Elwood Community High School.
He worked in the grocery business most of his working life.  Joe was a produce manager for O’Malia’s and Marsh Supermarkets for 28 years and later worked for Kroger for five years.  Most recently, he worked in production at Red Gold in Elwood.
Joe married Monica A. Kelly on June 21, 2014 and they shared over seven years of marriage together.
Joe was an avid bowler most of his life.  He enjoyed bowling on Monday night leagues at Lucky Strike Lanes in Elwood for many years, and passed down the love of bowling to his sons.  He enjoyed bluegrass, Elvis, and country music and loved nothing more than a good joke.  Joe was known as a “gentle giant” for his kind and relaxed personality, and he had a great sense of humor.  He was formerly a Boy Scout leader while his kids were growing up and was avid Star Wars fan.  Joe especially enjoyed watching football and watching all types of movies.  He truly enjoyed spending time with his family, and he will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, brother, and friend to many.
Joe’s family includes his wife, Monica Raines of Elwood; two sons, Joseph A. “Drew” Raines II of Goshen and Alexander M. “Alex” Raines of Elwood; four siblings, Margaret “Peggy” Buckner of Anderson, Kim (Duane) Alsip of Anderson, Candy (Rick) Raines-Petrie of Avon, and Beth (Reid) Myers of Westfield; mother-in-law, Minda Kelly of Zionsville; sister-in-law, Erica (Trevor) Davis and family of Fishers; and several nieces and nephews.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Allen Raines; brother-in-law, Roy Buckner; and father-in-law, Albert W. Kelly.
A funeral service celebrating Joe’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Copher-Fesler-May Funeral Home with Pastor Rodney Ellis officiating.  Burial will follow in Sunset Cemetery in Elwood.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Copher-Fesler-May Funeral Home.  Health precautions and face coverings are requested by the family for the safety of all who attend.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Catalyst Youth Center in Elwood or the Autism Foundation through the funeral home.
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