SOUTHERN ILLINOIS - Bob Crain, 77, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at home following a brief illness.
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He was born Oct. 25, 1935, in Cairo to George C. and Marguerite Throgmorton Crain.
He married Elaine Vick on June 8, 1957.
A licensed funeral director and embalmer for 57 years, Bob devoted his career from 1956 to 1999 to serving families of the area at Crain Funeral Homes and Cemeteries. He was very proud to see the family tradition carried on by his children and grandchildren. In addition to serving families in the capacity of funeral director and cemeterian, up until 1974 he provided ambulance services as well. From 1967-74 he was a partner in the M/C Shop in Anna.
Bob was a member of First United Methodist Church in Carbondale and a 50-year member of Anna Lodge 520 AF and AM. He served on Anna State Bank board of directors from 1973 to 2007. During his working years he was active in Chamber of Commerce, and he served in the Illinois National Guard.
Kiwanis was an important part of his early life and served in all capacities with the local Anna Kiwanis Club and then as Lt. Gov. of the Illinois-Eastern Iowa district 1976 to 1977.
Bob had a passion for the antiquities, collecting antique carpentry tools and acquiring and restoring a 1937 Henney-Oldsmobile ambulance/hearse combination, comparable to the first new vehicle owned by his parents.
In their retirement years, Bob and Elaine enjoyed spending part of their time in Hot Springs Village, Ark., where they developed many friendships, relaxed and played golf.
Historic St. Anne's Church was a passion of Bob and Elaine, and over the last 12 years they were active in the restoration and improvements as well as supporting the P.A.S.T. organization.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine; son, Bryan and Stacey Crain, daughter, Amy Crain and Shawn Miller; five grandchildren, Ashley and fiancée, Lane Patterson, Andrew, Graydon, Blake and Ethan; brother, Bill and Sharon Crain; niece, Allison (Joey) Turner, nephew, Joe (Ann) Crain; great-nephews, Will and Rob Turner and Thomas Crain; and great-niece, Megan Crain.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro.
Funeral services for Bob Crain will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Crain Funeral Home in Anna-Jonesboro, with the Rev. Alan Rhein officiating. Entombment services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park Mausoleum, with the Rev. Scott Harner officiating, and flag presentation by the Illinois Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made to the St. Anne's Foundation, and will be accepted at the funeral home.
To leave online condolences, visit www.crainsonline.com.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan on Sept. 1, 2013