Matthew John Rainey

August 29, 1971 ‒ April 13, 2017

Delaware, Ohio

Matthew John Rainey, 45, of Delaware passed away unexpectedly early Thursday morning, April 13, 2017 at the Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus.

He was born August 29, 1971 in Elyria, Ohio to Richard and Pamela (Abahazi) Rainey.

Matt graduated from Elyria High School and later graduated from Ashland University with a bachelor’s degree in Science and Business Administration. He worked as a consultant with Integ Enterprise Consulting Industries of Newark, New Jersey and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Delaware.

When younger, he achieved the honor of being an Eagle Scout for which he was very proud. He continued on his love of scouting and was very active with the Boy Scouts of America Simon Kenton Council and Troop #61 and he was Cub Scout Master for Pack #108. He also enjoyed the outdoors and watching his son play sports.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 23 years, Maryann (Sandman) Rainey; children, Sara, Amanda and Zachary Rainey; mother, Pamela Rainey of Elyria; brothers, Kevin (Shannon) of San Antonio, TX, Mark (Debra) of Macedonia, Martin (Stacey) of Waco, TX, Mel (Jackie) of Elyria, Merrill (Brooke) of Maumee; sister, Monica (Greg) Newsome of Elyria; numerous nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Donna Stover of Xenia; sister-in-law, Brenda (Mike) Stover of Xenia.

Matt was preceded in death by his father Richard and his father-in-law Dennis Sandman.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 5 – 8 pm at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E. William Street, Delaware with Rev. Fr. Michael Watson officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery. The St. Mary Bereavement Committee will then host a luncheon in the Snyder Rodman Community Room.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Matt’s memory may be made to Boy Scouts of America Simon Kenton Council, 807 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212 or

The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve the Rainey family.

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  • Maryann, Sara, Amanda, and Zach,

    Words cannot begin to express how deeply sorry we are for your loss. Matt was such an amazing man and such a positive influence on John and the other boys in Pack 108 and Troop 61. We loved his corny jokes and his wide smile. He was always so upbeat and positive.

    Please know that you are being held in our prayers and that we are here for you should you need anything.

    May he rest in light perpetual.

    Our deepest sympathy,

    Jim, Amy, John, and Stephanie Hinton

  • Maryann and family,

    I don’t have the words to express how very sorry I am that this has happened. The past few months have been so difficult and I want you to know that I am thinking of all of you. My sympathy goes out to you and your family and please know I am here to help with anything you might need.

    Mary Tingley

  • Matt, was an absolute amazing individual. My boys and husband are better people because Matt was in their lives. I cannot express enough how sorry we are for your loss. There is a hole in our hearts. We pray for peace for Maryann, Sarah, Amanda and Zach. We love you and are here for you all.
    Nikki Stewart

  • Dearest Rainey family,
    I am so sad to hear of your loss. Matt always had the most beautiful smile on his face. You could just tell that his sole purpose in life was to thrive in the success off his family. May you feel God’s arms wrapped around you during this time of mourning. If you need to get anything done and would like some help taking care of Amanda, I would be so happy to do that. Love to all of you!
    Michele King

  • My deepest condolences on the loss of a great man. Love sent from Georgia I would be there if I could

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. Matt was a kind leader of a great family. He has left a wonderful legacy in the hearts and smiles of Maryann, Sara, Amanda and Zach. He will be greatly missed by so many.

  • Craig and I will never forget Matt’s infectious smile and the many laughs we all shared in our little dorm suite! He was truly a gem, and we are so glad to have shared those times with you! Hugs and prayers to you all!

  • Dear Rainey Family,

    I am deeply sorry for your family’s loss. Matt was an amazing person and set such a leadership example to so many. The love that you, Matt and your family have for each other is so clear to anyone who has seen you all together. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I wish you peace and God’s comfort in the days ahead.

  • It’s been said many times that when a good man dies the whole world mourns.. I don’t think any more truer words could describe Matt and how all of us are feeling. Our most sincere condolences to the Rainey family.

    – Mitchell, Kate, Sammy, Abbey Erin and Steve Gay

  • I was so very sorry to hear of Matt’s passing. I had the privilege of working with him both at Enron and AEP and he was always such a positive person. I never heard a negative word said about him, nor from him about anyone else. He was genuine and kind and will be missed by many. My deepest condolences to his wife, children and extended family.

  • We are so grateful to have known Matt. He always had a smile on his face and was a positive influence for scouts young and old. He was a great leader, always encouraging. He will greatly missed in the scout community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rainey family.

    Mike, Jana, Thomas and Connor Henson

  • Dear Entire Rainey Family,
    It was such shocking news to hear of Matt’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Matt was such a great help in our Parish School of Religion Classes. His presence and kindness was felt and appreciated. He is now reaping the reward of his faith. May you all be steadfast in that faith to continue along the path to return to him and share in the same reward.
    God bless you all.

  • So very sorry to hear this. Matt grew up down the street from us in Elyria and was best friends with our son David. Pam and I spent many years with activities with the kids. Such a wonderful family. Our sympathy to all of you
    Dave and Kathy Grebb
    Georgetown, Texas

  • I am so glad to have known Matt. I will never forget our walks and talks at Cub Scout Day Camp, District Meetings with other Scouters and on the ball field or at the hockey rink with our kids. Matt always went out of his way to say hello with that million dollar smile. Matt Rainey was one of the Good Guys. God Bless

    Fly With the Eagles my Friend ⚜️

  • I have known Matt from early days in AEP and then at Integ. He was the most positive person I have come across in my life. I am so saddened that he left us so early in life and will miss him so much. We used to talk every morning and his positive attitude made my day.

    He will be always in my prayers and May God grant his soul eternal peace.


  • It was always a pleasure to run into Matt at work at AEP. Matt was one of the most positive people I knew. He always had a smile and a kind word to say. Deepest condolences from the Lakey family he was taken way before his time, but no doubt to serve a higher calling.

  • I know your families heart is broken. Matt just a wonderful person all around and a mentor/friend to so many. He will be deeply missed. Maryann your strength has been uplifting for all of us who mourn with you. we are all so fortunate to have had memorable experiences with him in our lives even if for only a short period.

  • Maryann and all the Rainey’s….so sorry for the loss of Matt…he was a wonderful man…
    Praying for Comfort and Strength during this trying time.

    All the Newsome Family…sends our <3 for you all.

  • Zach,

    Your Period 1 Team is thinking of you. Please let us know if there is anything we can to do help you during this difficult time.

    -Mr. Freado

  • Dear Mrs. Rainey(Pam), Monica and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Matt’s death. I know this is one of those mysteries for which there is little comfort. I hope your wonderful memories of your son/brother/husband/dad will sustain all of you. There are many of us who support you at this painful time in your lives. God bless! Bill Groomes, Elyria, Ohio

  • Zach,

    We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • We at Integ first enjoyed Matt as a client at AEP, and then were lucky to bring him on board and call him a team member. He was wonderful to work all throughout the duration of our relationship with him, not only because of his competency, but mostly due to the fact that he was always so incredibly optimistic and good-natured. Matt could put a smile on anyone, which is a rare and treasured trait. He will be sorely missed by us all and your family has our sincerest condolences.

    -The Team at Integ