In loving memory of

Johnnie C. Crain
October 26, 1947 - June 25, 2019

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Johnnie C. Crain Jr., 71, passed away on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at his home.

A funeral service will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Military honors will be provided by the Muscatine County Honor Guard, Inc.

Visitation will be from 2 until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at the funeral home. Online condolences:

Johnnie was born on October 26, 1947, in Springfield, Missouri, the son of Johnnie and Wilda Ludwig Crain Sr. He married Mary L. Graham on November 24, 1967, in Ava, Missouri.

Prior to his service in the US Army, he was a fire fighter in the US Job Corps.

He was a veteran of the US Army from 1968 to 1970. He was also a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles and American Legion.

He was a maintenance mechanic for H.J. Heinz for 32 years.

Johnnie was a member of Muscatine Bass Club, and started the Junior Bass Club of Muscatine, where he was president. Johnnie wrote his own articles "Outdoors with Johnnie Crain" for the Muscatine Journal for 20 years. He was an avid fisherman, outdoorsman, and was a talented musician and songwriter. Johnnie was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Mary, of Muscatine; daughters, Lisa and Kellie Crain, all of Muscatine; grandchildren, Trayven Wayne Howard and Madalie Jane Marie Bravo; brothers, Ron (Bonnie) Crain, of Muscatine, Rodney (Nancy) Crain, Rick Flemming, Merle Crain, Rocky Crain, and Jamie (Jana) Stillings; and sisters, Martha Matney and Golda Johnson, all of Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Rita.


Mark Weigand wrote on Jul 7, 2019:

"I'm sorry to hear of Johnnies passing. I have many fond memories of his wit and humor from the days of working with him in the can shop. I hope that his family can find comfort from all the good memories that people have shared. "

Christie C wrote on Jul 1, 2019:

"I would like to express my deepest sympathy to family and friends. May all of your good memories be greater than your sadness during this difficult time. (Isaiah 25:8)"

“Cork” Battey wrote on Jun 29, 2019:

"To the Crain Family, A friend and fishing buddy of long ago, Vic Bjork, contacted me two days ago with this sad news. This brought back a flood of memories of Johnnie!?. I long considered him a fine friend and one of the toughest opponents in the Muscatine Bass Club! He was always there to help anyone with fishing expertise or a kind word. I always remember his soft, southern accent and smile. He was a very positive figure in my life and am saddened to hear of your loss. I pray the Good Lord welcomed him to that crystal lake in the sky, where the bass are big, the sunrises are beautiful and you are able to put more back than you take. Johnnie was a true giver!??. But I know the guys that welcomed him home realize now, that the bass here on earth, have been given a little rest. Johnnie, my friend, you will be missed but heaven has given you rest. I?ll see you again in heaven and hopefully the Good Lord will let us reminisce some of the old times. God Bless you brother and I thank God He put you in my life so long was a Blessing!? ?Cork? Battey Keosauqua, Iowa"

Matthew Swanson wrote on Jun 29, 2019:

"Johnnie was a friend of my grandparents for many years and a neighbor of mine when I was a kid and a great guy and good friend of my family. Rest in peace Johnnie My deepest heartfelt prayers and condolences go to Mary, Lisa, Kellie during this beyond difficult time. "

john valet wrote on Jun 28, 2019:

"I enjoyed many years with him at Heinz. Also enjoyed many of his newspaper articles over the years. I hope he is kept busy fighting a bunch of big bass in heaven. My condolence to his entire family! RIP Johnnie"

Tom Brehmer wrote on Jun 28, 2019:

"Johnnie had a radio show on KWPC. I was glad to be his producer. I hope they're bitin' in Heaven, Johnnie!"

Randy Phelps wrote on Jun 27, 2019:

"Peace and prayer to your families"

Dora Vargas wrote on Jun 27, 2019:

"My condolence to the family. Johnnie you will be missed."