Ernest William Raine Jr.

November 29, 1952June 23, 2013
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Ernest William Raine Jr. of Waddell, AZ, who was known by family and friends as Bill, passed away on June 23, 2013. He was born on November 29, 1952 in Aurora, IL to Ernest W. Sr. and Loretta Raine. Bill graduated from Glendale High School in Glendale, CA in 1970. He attended Glendale Community College, receiving his Associated Degree. He later was accepted at UCLA, but chose to join the United States Air Force in 1974. He acquired the rank of SSgt, being awarded several commendations during his service including: National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Presidential Unit Citation, Expert Marksmanship Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal. After an honorable discharge from his military service, Bill gained employment with a pair of highly respected Aerospace companies. Bill worked on a team for various government, military and NASA satellite operations. He would later find employment in the HVAC Industry, where he again excelled as a supervisor. He would spend the rest of his working years in this field, making several close friends along the way. Bill’s greatest achievement, as friends and family would attest, is his dedication and love for his family. This was most recognizable as he proudly and diligently raised his two sons being a single father. He had a great passion for baseball, which he readily shared with his sons, coaching them throughout their lives, often to great success. Bill loved coaching, and did so for several years, often volunteering much of his own time and efforts to local little leagues. Bill is survived by his loving sister, Darlene; two loving sons and daughters in-law, Jason and Belynda, and Curt and Patricia; four dear grandchildren, Samantha, Ava, Troy and Jacob; and many friends. The Visitation will be from 5-8 PM, Friday, July 5, 2013 with the Funeral Service and Military Honors being held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 6, 2013 both at Surprise Funeral Care, 16063 W. Bell Rd., Surprise, AZ. A Reception will immediately follow. Please visit Bill’s online memorial and registry to leave a personal tribute: (623) 546-8002.


  • Visitation Friday, July 5, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 6, 2013

Ernest William Raine Jr.

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Sandra Blanchard and Renay Gullano

July 9, 2013

We are deeply sorry for your loss. Bill was a very good and kind man and will be missed by family and friends. We enjoyed the moments we shared with him and they will always be remembered. Our love goes out to all the Raine Family.

July 8, 2013

We are deeply sorry for your loss. Bill was a very good and kind man and will be missed by family and friends. Our love goes out to all the Raine Family.

Sandra Blanchard
Renay Gullano

Pat Roche

July 1, 2013

We are very sorry for your loss. Wendy and I enjoyed speaking to Bill on a regular basis and will miss his wit. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

July 1, 2013

I'll miss seeing Bill during my walk around the neighborhood. I would always ask "Is today a good day?" and he almost always would reply "Yes, it's a good day." Always upbeat. Rest in Peace, Bill. ---Anne Ahern

Valerie Avlas

June 30, 2013

To the entire Raine Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful man and I especially got to see how happy he was around his grand kids. It was a blessing to have known him, even being miles away. He truly had a lot to be proud of. Your family in california are sending many thoughts and prayers to all of you. Love you guys.

June 30, 2013

June 30, 2013

Lynn Campbell

June 29, 2013

Darlene, Jason and Curt,
MaMa and PaPa are so proud of Bill and his whole family. They are happy to have their son with them and we are so fortunate to have been a part of your loving family. Billy has always made me smile and I will continue to remember him and his family in a wonderful way. God bless you all.

Jay Werbil

June 28, 2013

Bill was best man at our wedding. A better man you would never know. We are so sad. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this ifficult time. His time with us was precious and something we will always remember. We should all live like Bill.

Michael Olson

June 28, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.

Michael Olson and Olson Family