Robert E. Rayner, Sr.
Robert E. Rayner, Sr., went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 14, 2013. He was 87 years old. Born February 16, 1926, in Scranton, PA, to Ernest and Anna Stender Rayner, he lived the early years of his life in the Petersburg section of Scranton before moving to Clarks Summit in 1962. He has been a resident of Abington Manor for the past 2 years.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Esther (Calderone) Rayner, with whom he shared an extraordinarily joyful and loving relationship filled many years of laughter. He is also survived by a son, Robert E. Rayner, Jr. and wife Jennifer DiCanio, Coatesville, PA; a daughter Roanne Rayner, Wilkes-Barre; and a son Richard and wife Leslie, and their 3 sons, Joshua, Stephen and Jason, Middletown, PA. He was a devoted and sacrificial father who endeavored to bless his family in whatever way he could, living by word and example. He was the kindest, most generous, and loving human being. His family thanks the Lord for his love, guidance, and care. Everyone who was ever touched by his presence was blessed.
Bob was an industrious worker who spent most of his professional career in the field of corporate accounting. He was enlisted in the United States Army for a time, attaining the rank of Sergeant. Upon discharge, he continued a career in corporate accounting at the Harry F. Unger Company, International Correspondence Schools, Haddon Craftsman, Daystrom/Weston Instruments/Schlumberger, and finished his career as a corporate controller for Ingersoll-Rand Corporation until his retirement in 1988. He was an active member and eventual president of the National Association of Accounts, and was a pioneer in the early days of integrating computers into business environments, teaching computer programming at the Electronic Computer Programming Institute.
As a life-long member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mr. Rayner served on the Church Council for many years, taught Sunday School, and served as a lay reader. Outside the church, he was extremely active in various Masonic bodies, including: 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason; Schiller Lodge; Melita Cour de Leon Commandery of Knights Templar of Pennsylvania (for which he served as Right Emminent Grand Commander of Pennsylvania in 1993); Order of DeMolay; York Rite Cross of Honor; Red Cross of Constantine; Northeastern York Rite College; Order of Knights Preceptor; Scranton Council; Council of Anointed Kings, Joshua Association; Crusaders of the Cross; Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite; Irem Temple; Holy Royal Arch Chapter; and “Forty-fivers Club”.
In the public arena, Mr. Rayner served several terms as auditor for South Abington Township, and was an active volunteer with Boy Scout Troop 151 of Chinchilla, PA.
A viewing will be held Monday, March 18, 2013, at St Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Taylor Avenue & Ash Streets, in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Visitors may begin calling at 11AM, with the entire family being present at noon. A Masonic service will be conducted at 1:50PM, followed by a service of remembrance at 2PM and interment at Dunmore Cemetery.
The family encourages memorial contributions be made to the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, 1033 Long Prarie Road, Flower Mound, TX 75022, or to the Memorial Fund of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Taylor Avenue and Ash Streets, Scranton, PA 18510.
On-line condolences can be made via the internet at www.vanstonandjames.com.