Robert Jesse Lawrence Rainer, Jr.

Born: Sat., Apr. 1, 1961
Died: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Mar. 10, 2018
Location: Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Mar. 10, 2018
Location: Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church

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Robert Jesse Lawrence Rainer, Jr., 56, Kokomo, went home into the loving arms of God at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at his home surrounded by family.  He was born April 1, 1961, in Starkville, Mississippi, to Robert Rainer, Sr. and Orene (Peterson) Cook.  On March 19, 1988, he married the love of his life Julia Ann Gillard, in Falkner, Mississippi, and she survives.

Robert earned his High School diploma and Associate degree in HVAC from Job Corps in 1984. He accepted Christ at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Falkner, Mississippi and was consistently passionate about his relationship with God. He accepted his call to preach the Gospel of Christ while attending Second Missionary Baptist Church and then attended seminary school in both Marion and Indianapolis Indiana. Robert was always a hard-working man holding several jobs prior to becoming employed at Chrysler where he worked for 28 years as a fork lift operator. Additionally, he served as an associate minister at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church and volunteered doing prison ministry for many years. Robert was a dedicated, fun-loving family man who thoroughly enjoyed learning about his family history and taking trips to Mississippi to visit family.  He played basketball and football in high school and loved fishing, hunting, good old school and gospel music. 

In addition to his wife, Julia Ann Rainer, he is survived by his three daughters, Brittany (Brian, II) Smith, Kezirah Rainer and Mariah Rainer; step-mother, Eve Rainer; five sisters, Darlene Rainer, Maeleen Prather-Morgan, Hattie (Morris, Jr.) Luster, Michelle (Ronald) Rainer-Rutherford, and Latricia Cook; two aunts, Maglene (Mammie) Johnson and Mary (Eloise) Johnson; two uncles, R.C. Peterson, and Jerry Peterson; several nieces and nephews; and a host of cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert Rainer Sr., Orene Peterson-Cook, and step-father, Preston Cook.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 1599 E. Sycamore St., Kokomo, with Pastor Lonnie E. Anderson, Jr., officiating.  Burial will follow in Crown Point Cemetery.  Friends are invited to visit from 11 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the church.  Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church.  Messages of condolence may be left online at  Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory assisted the family with arrangements.

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A. Marie Pettiford Casey, formerly of Marion
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
There are few experiences more difficult than losing a loved one in death; no doubt Mr. Rainer will be sadly missed by all who knew him. I find comfort in knowing death was not God’s purpose for mankind and his purpose has not changed.
God’s word is clear, “He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces”. (Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 21:4) Further, “Your dead will live....the earth will let those powerless in death come to life”. (Isaiah 26:19)
Jesus spoke of the coming resurrection (John 5:21, 28, 29), was himself resurrected by his Father and he performed many miracles. All such miraculous events, including resurrections, took place on earth giving us a precious glimpse of what is to come....seeing our loved ones again! (Acts 24:15)
Until his promises are fulfilled, may Jehovah God continue to bless your family & those who knew Mr. Rainer in the days to come.....

   Posted Thu March 08, 2018
I have know Robert for years working with him at Chrysler.He was a good man. Speaking for all of us here at Chrysler We are very upset of Roberts passing ,he will be dearly missed as he already is.We are so thankful to GOD for giving us the opportunity to know Robert.To Roberts family we are so sorry for your loss, we pray that GOD carries you through this.And know, That we now have a angel looking down at us. REST IN PEACE ROBERT !!!!