James Rains,

James Emmett Rains, Jr.

Wednesday, March 18th, 1936 - Tuesday, February 18th, 2020
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James “Jay” Emmett Rains, Jr., 83, of De Soto, KS passed away at St. Joseph Medical Center on February 18, 2020. Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 am Fri., Feb. 28, 2020 at De Soto United Methodist, De Soto, KS. Graveside inurnment at a later date at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Cotter, AR. Memorial contributions may be made to De Soto United Methodist Church, 8760 Kill Creek Road. De Soto, KS 66018. Condolences may be left at

Jay was born March 18, 1936 in Jefferson Township in Cedar County, MO to Edna (Carr) and James Emmett Rains. He grew up in Stockton, MO, moved to KC, MO, to Shawnee, KS and then to De Soto in 1970. Jay married Norma Ellen Heckart on Nov. 26, 1955 in Cotter, AR. He was the owner of the manufacturer’s representative firm Rains Electrical Sales, Inc. in Shawnee, KS. He was an active member of the De Soto United Methodist Church where he served various leadership positions. Jay was a member of the NEMRA National Electric Manufacturing Representative Assoc. and the Electric League of Missouri and Kansas. He enjoyed working outside, “putting” around with golf and hunting for pheasant and birds in the fall. He had three true loves: Ellen, his family and his work. He will be missed by family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Jerry Lou Tate and Jo Ann Rains. Jay is survived by his wife, Norma “Ellen”, of the home; children: Ellen “Lynn” and husband Hassan Ertebati, Glendale, AZ, Elizabeth “Beth” Gail and husband James Grizzle, De Soto, KS, James Bradley “Brad” Rains, De Soto, KS and Paul Wesley “Wes” and wife Julie Rains, Gardner, KS; 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
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    Friday, February 28th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, February 28th, 2020 11:00am
    De Soto United Methodist Church
    8760 Kill Creek Rd
    DE SOTO, KS 66018
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Pat and Vicki Saviano

Posted at 02:16pm
Dear Wes, Norma, and Family,
We only recently learned of Jay's unexpected passing. We have such amazing memories of the time Pat worked with Jay at A.B.R Electric Sales. He created a joyous and supportive work environment. Family members were always encouraged to visit, go to lunch, or attend Office Celebrations. Even after Pat started working for another company, our connection with Jay remained as strong as ever. Please know how blessed we feel to have the gift of Jay's presence in our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Coach Tate & OU Women's Basketball

Posted at 01:20pm
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Posted at 01:03pm
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John Guerdan

Posted at 05:01pm
I'll never forget the NUMEROUS Trade Shows and Counter Days that Jay and I attended to represent our Companies - we did an awful lot of standing around and talking ( quite often to each other , due to slow Customer traffic ). Jay was a top notch guy in the Electrical business - very respected by Customers and Competitors alike. I'll certainly miss Jay's smile, but I'll NEVER forget it - Peace be with you my brother ….

John Marietti

Posted at 03:09pm
I had a great deal of respect for Jay, as a friend and competitor. He loved the electrical industry and his dealings were above reproach is all aspects. He was tough but fair. Our industry will miss him but the examples he set will live on. My condolences to his wife and family. He is resting in peace where we all want to go. I am very sorry I cannot attend the services.
John Marietti

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