Donald William Crain
Donald William Crain, 82, of Chatham, passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 8:26 a.m. at Lewis Memorial Christian Village in Springfield.
He was born on December 25, 1931, in Litchfield, IL, the son of the late Wilbur and Verla (Zinn) Crain.
Mr. Crain worked as an inspector for Fiat-Allis in Springfield for more than 30 years. He was a member of Mt. Auburn Church of Christ and of the Amvets. He was a standout athlete at Mt. Auburn High School. Donald played semi-pro basketball and semi-pro baseball in the Springfield area and also played basketball and baseball in the military while serving with the U.S. Army. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and was honored with a tryout with them. He also was an avid Illini and Chicago Bears fan.
He is survived by five children, Randy Crain of Auburn, IL, Cindy Fowler of Springfield, Brenda (husband Bruce) Brauer of Auburn, IL, Becky Crain of Springfield, and Robert (wife Suzanne) Crain of Gardner, KS; 12 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a sister, Pauline Bond of Washington, IL; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded In death by a grandson; three brothers, Wilbur "Carroll", James Zinn, and Robert Boyd Crain; and a sister, Dortha Mae Crain.
Services are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West, Springfield. Graveside services will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, with Rev. David Harmon officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County and the U.S. Army.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to DAV (Disabled American Veterans).
Please visit the online obituary at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.