John F. Crain

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July 26, 1953 - March 6, 2008

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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Lung Association or Ducks Unlimited. Crain, John F., of O' Fallon, Missouri, died on Thursday, March 6, 2008 at the age of 54. Dear son of the late Frances Crain; beloved husband of Eileen Crain; adoring father of Sarah Crain of O'Fallon, Missouri, Emily Crain of O'Fallon, Missouri, and Jimmy Crain of O'Fallon, Missouri; cherished brother of Carol Jean (Ed) Rabbitt of Wentzville, Missouri, Sonny (Helen) Crain of Edwardsville, Illinois, Patsy (Robert) Merz of Montgomery City, Missouri, and Bobby (Maggie) Crain of Wentzville, Missouri; loving son-in-law of Lucy Conrad of St. Louis, Missouri; dearest brother-in-law of Phil Conrad of O'Fallon, Missouri, Steve (Kathy) Conrad of Belle, Missouri, Don Conrad of O'Fallon, Missouri, Joyce (Jeff) Reed of Tucson, Arizona and Jane (Jim) Regan of St. Louis, Missouri; beloved uncle to numerous nieces and nephews; dear nephew, cousin, and godfather; special friend to Ted Kosla and Clint Lane. He is preceded in death by Jimmy Crain, brother. He was the owner of Crain General Contracting and manager of Blue Wing Farm. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and the NRA.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Justin Sexton & Angie Dennis April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Justin had a lot of respect and admiration for John, having spent so much time with him at Blue Wing over the last 5 years. He really credits him for a lot, including his strong work ethic. Ever since we moved out, I have missed his friendly wave every morning! He was always willing to help me, jumpstart my car or find a key to the house when I locked myself out! Justin misses John’s crazy ideas and stories every Saturday. When we built our house, he gave us concrete sealant, and was very adament about Justin getting it on the driveway right away. We both really appreciate everything he did for us. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Crain family during this time. He touched our lives and will be greatly missed.

  2. Linda Russell April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    I worked for Mr. Lane, so have known John since the beginning. The memory of John that makes me smile even today is that he had a system of letting me know that Mr. Lane was going to duck hunt (and I could leave work on time). He’d call me and say two words “quack, quack” – that was it. I heard it several times a week during hunting season for all these years – made me laugh out loud every single time! No one can ever take John’s place in so many ways. He was a dear friend and I don’t think I’ll ever stop missing him.

  3. The Hall Family April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    To The Crain Family…Our deepest thoughts are with you. Once again God is in need of an angle. John will be a strong one. If my family can help today, tomorrow, or at anytime please let us know. God’s Speed. Bless all of you. The Hall Family

  4. Penny Elaine Byrne April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    To all of John’s family, Rick and I would like to extend our sincere sympathy for your loss of John. We are very sorry to have missed John’s memorial service and would like to offer our prayers. Fondly, Penny & Rick Byrne

  5. Jim and Tammy Rabbitt April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    We send our condolences to you and your brothers family. We pray for the Lord to cover your with his peace.

  6. Katie Lillard April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    There are so many great memories I have of Mr. Crain! Growing up with Emily I spent lots of time at their house, every time I was there during a meal he would make sure I was staying to eat with them and that I loaded my plate. Some of my other memories of him include, going out on the boat, going to the duck club to ride on his newest vehicle that could take you out around the club, Crain Christmas dinners but my all time favorite would be when Emily and I were in middle school, I had spent the night, which was a weekly thing, it was a Sunday morning and Mrs. Crain was trying to get us up and ready for church, as many of you probably know Emily was not the easiest person to wake up, after many attempts and warnings she ended up pouring a glass of water on Emily. Emily let out this loud scream. Mr. Crain who had been sleeping, came running into the room in his underwear because he thought someone was attacking Emily. When he found out what had really happened, he smiled and said oh Eileen and we all just started laughing! Mr. Crain was a wonderful person, he was kind, loving and above all he loved his family! I know you will all miss him and I will too! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  7. Bud & Paulette Aschoff April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Eileen And Kids We are very sorry about Johnny and remember all the good times we used to have when our kids were younger at your house and ours. You will be in our thoughts and prayers

  8. Mark & Tina Schulte & Family April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Eileen, Sarah, Emily & Jimmy, We are so sorry for your loss. John was such a good neighbor and always had a story to tell, he will be truely missed. If there is anything you need we are here for you..With deepest sympathy, Mark, Tina, Ryan, Jill and Kaye

  9. Ann Marie Merz April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Aunt Eileen, Sarah, Emily and Jimmy, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I will miss you, Uncle John! RIP Ann Marie Merz

  10. Michael and Rose Settles April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Aunt Eileen, Sarah, Emily and Jimmy, our hearts are open and our prayers are with you. May God bless Uncle John as he rests in peace.

  11. Patsy April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    I remember John as a loyal,strong,compassionate,hard working,fun loving,generous,full of life person.His love of life was contagious.His spirit will forever be in the hearts of all who knew him. Me and my family will never forget John. We loved him, we will miss him forever,but will remember him always. Heaven will not be the same as the “Get er done and have some fun” John is now on duty!

  12. Jani Whiteley April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Sarah, I have very vivid memories of you and me helping your dad work on that old Mustang of yours and also of our time at the Lake. Sarah, Eileen, Emily, and Jimmy, you are all in my prayers. I am just down the road, please let me know if I can help with anything!

  13. Amy & Hal Hupert April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Uncle John you will 4-ever be in our thoughts. Uncle John taught me so much…How to camp off the Mississippi river, shoot a shot gun, snow ski in Colorado, play poker and most important how to take a joke. To Eileen, Sarah, Emily, and Jimmy we are so sorry for your loss.

  14. Stephen & Elizabeth Merz April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Memories of Uncle John Roller Piano, golf carts, construction wisdom, “now Patsy…” Big heart, Big man, picnic on the river bank, my first time tasting an Elk burger, boat rides; “when you think you’re ready…say ‘hit it’…you can let go of the rope…ready to try it again…hehe” “How come you can’t make Aunt Eileen wipe out and she is only on one ski?”…”watch this”…”nope…still up” I still remember the wedding. Aunt Eileen was “kid” my memories… I love my Uncle John… The entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. RIP With much love Stephen, Beth, and our gang.

  15. Jeannie, Kurt, Ethan, & Hanley Edwards April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Crain family.

  16. Joyce & Jeff Reed April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    We will miss you John, We will always remember John’s generosity to Joyce and I whenever we would visit. He and Eileen would take us out on their boat and dare us to waterski. They always went out of their way to make us feel welcome. John was a real man’s man, with a strong work ethic, an even stronger will, and a good sense of humor. We appreciate all of the good times that we had together and our prayers go out to John’s many family members and many friends.

  17. Maggie April 6, 2009 at 12:00 am - Reply

    A piece of the puzzle is gone but the memories are forever.John you will be missed!!! Eileen,Sarah,Emily,and Jimmy,please don’t hesitate to ask for anything. Love, Bob amd Maggie

  18. Maggie Crain July 26, 2020 at 5:46 am - Reply

    candle 2Happy Heavenly Birthday Johnny!
    You are missed our dear brother

  19. Maggie Crain March 12, 2021 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    candle 5Such a great man! You are missed buddy!
    Love and prayers

  20. Maggie July 25, 2021 at 7:12 am - Reply

    candle 8Happy Heavenly Birthday Johnny!
    You are loved and missed!

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