Robert “Bob” Ancil Rayne, 87, died Saturday, April 13, at a Meridian, Idaho, care facility of natural causes.

Bob was born Oct. 12, 1925, to Pearl and Ancil Rayne in Caldwell, Idaho. He graduated from Middleton High School in 1943 and immediately after joined the U.S. Navy during World War II.

In 1948, he married Ella Mae Ashcraft, and they had two sons, Larry and Harland Rayne.

In his younger days, Bob enjoyed rollerskating and flying airplanes. He wanted to become a commercial airline pilot, but wasn’t able to because he couldn’t pass the color test. He did, however, continue to fly small airplanes for fun.

Bob worked for Nishitani Gardens in Caldwell during high school and again after he got out of the service. After various jobs such as driving a bread truck and owning a service station, he moved to Oregon where he logged for himself and the Edward Hines Lumber Company in Hines. Eventually, he made his way back home to Middleton where he teamed up with his brothers, Tommy and Jerry, and ran the lumber portion of Rayne and Seal Enterprise in Nampa, Idaho. Middleton became his home for the rest of his life.

In 1968, Bob married Ruth Pickering, and they had one daughter, Roberta. Later in life he enjoyed gardening, and always enjoyed going for drives. Roberta remembers going for drives almost daily while growing up. Sometimes only to Caldwell, sometimes to Emmett, Idaho, but they always enjoyed taking the back roads and enjoying the scenery.

Bob is survived by his wife, Ruth; son, Harland Rayne; daughter, Roberta Wells; grandson, Darby Rayne; granddaughters, Morgan and Lauren Fisher; siblings, Ardith Tepfer, Ted Rayne, Marilynn (Hittie) Young, Cheryl (Dude) Williams and Sandy Watson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents, Ancil and Pearl; son, Larry; sisters, June, Ellen and Shirley; and brothers, Billy, Jerry, Jimmy and Tommy.

Bob loved his family more than anything else. He especially had a soft spot in his heart for his granddaughters, Morgan and Lauren. He always enjoyed family functions and visiting people. He always had a smile and a positive outlook on life.

Graveside services were held April 22 at Middleton Cemetery under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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