AUGUSTA - David L. Raynes Sr., 70, of Belgrade, died Feb. 26, 2014, at MaineGeneral Alfond Center for Health because of complications from leukemia. David was born in Augusta, March 2, 1943, the son of Nathan and Mildred (Butler) Raynes.
David grew up in Waterville, and lived in Winslow for many years before retiring to his lake home on Great Pond in Belgrade. He served in the Marine Corp. He worked for many years for the area's local telephone company, New England Telephone, later known as NYNEX, and finally Bell Atlantic. After retirement, he started working as a bus driver for the Vassalboro School System (AOS92). He always said he felt his students on the bus were like his own kids, and he cared for them dearly.
David is predeceased by his parents; father-in-law Lucien Drouin; brother Bruce Raynes; daughter Tammy Barton; and brothers-in-law Roger Drouin, Bill Cobb and Larry Oakes.
He is survived by his wife, Lucienne Raynes; children David Raynes Jr. and his wife, Tina, and Todd Raynes and his wife, Stephanie; sisters Jane Peatfield and Charlotte Oakes; mother-in-law Alice Drouin; brothers-in-law Henry Drouin and Herman Drouin; sister-in-law Mary Jane Cobb; and grandchildren David Raynes III, Nathan Raynes, Alyssa Burnette, Emily Raynes and Robert Paquet; great-grandson Gerard Fortin; and several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 3, 2014, at St. John's Catholic Church, Monument Street, Winslow. Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery in Belgrade at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in David's name may be made to the Waterville Humane Society, 100 Webb Road, Waterville, ME 04901.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville; www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com.