John “Johnny Mac” L. McClain, 75, Kokomo, passed away at 6 a.m. Monday, June 23, 2014, at his residence. John was born Aug. 17, 1938, in Peru, to the late Harold J. and Margarete C. (Bauer) McClain. On Aug. 21, 1998, he married Gayle Ann (Evans) McClain. Mrs. McClain survives.
After high school, John served proudly in the United States Navy aboard the USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14). John had a college degree in fire science engineering. He served as a fireman for the Kokomo Fire Department for 30 years and obtained the rank of District Fire Chief before retiring in 1992. After retiring, John started his own construction business. John was a very active member in Knights of Columbus, where he had received his 4th degree. He thoroughly enjoyed coaching Kokomo youth baseball for over 40 years. He also enjoyed woodworking, tinkering, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.
Surviving are his wife, Gayle McClain, Kokomo; children, Terry (Debra) McClain, Greentown, Byron (Beth) McClain, Russiaville, Cristi (Reggie) Brewer-Allen, Diann (Danny A. Jr.) McClain-Langley, Jason Cline, San Marcos, Texas, Chad McClain, Kokomo; grandchildren, Anthony Taylor, Cameron Taylor, Bree Anna Taylor, Daniel Blevins, Wesley Blevins, Audra Blevins, McKayle Brewer, Brevin Allen, Tiernon (TT) Allen, Rylee Burnett, Richard Cloe, Brittnie Cloe, Sieara Langley, Karmyn Langley, Kylana Cline, Kyhra Carrillo; one great-grandson, Niclas Williams, and one on the way; one brother, Harold (Cherie) McClain, Kokomo; three sisters, Mary (Roy) Buckner, Huffman, Texas, Louise (Michael) Gammans, Kokomo, Donna (Bob) Penoski, Wheaton, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Donald McClain and Robert McClain.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., with the Rev. Ron Hurlocker officiating. Burial will follow with military honors by the United States Navy and the Kokomo VFW Military Rites Team at Sunset Memory Gardens. Friends may visit with the family 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Burn Camp, with envelopes provided. You are invited to read John’s obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you may sign the guest book or share a personal message for the family. Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., is in charge of arrangements.