“He was a hard worker and he took every promotional exam there was to take, and he soared through them all, and retired as a deputy chief after 31 years,” she said.
He joined the city’s fire service Nov. 11, 1968, and retired May 7, 1999.
Hamilton Fire Chief Steve Dawson said firefighters will provide casket guards during the visitation and will serve as pallbearers and flag folders.
Rains will receive the final ringing of a restored fire truck’s bell during his burial.
“Three bell-rings times three meant that a fire unit was safely back at quarters,” Dawson said.
That ringing during the funeral will represent Rains’ entry into heaven, Dawson said.
Surviving Rains are his wife, Sheila Rains of Hamilton; daughter Jennifer Eilerman of Hamilton; daughter Carla Eaves of Aurora, Ind.; step-daughter Erika Presley of Riverside, Calif.; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his step-son, Jason Eichel.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 14, at Weigel Funeral Home, 980 N. W. Washington Blvd.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 15, at St. Peter in Chains Catholic Church. Burial will be in Darrtown Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Hamilton Fire Department Honor Guard, Attention Deputy Chief Jeff Shaw, 77 Pershing Ave., Hamilton, Ohio 45011.