John Lee McCain died Thursday, September 3rd at Taylor House after a brief bout with heart and kidney illness. John was 79 years old. Born in Iowa City, IA to Halsey and Mable McCain, John was one of 14 children. In his younger years, John lived in California and Nebraska before coming back home and settling down in Iowa. John began studying the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses and was baptized in 1976. The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses is where he met his dear wife Carolyn Sue (McKnight). They were married December 11, 1976.
While living in California, John worked for the School Board. During his time in Nebraska, he drove a City Bus. In Iowa, he drove a Semi Truck for various local companies. John was an animal lover, but especially enjoyed Mules. He loved going to Mule shows in Kahoka, MO and loved his annual outing to Lathrop, MO to go to a small farmers convention. The Farmers convention included a stop at his favorite breakfast buffet, the Toot Toot cafe in Bethany, MO. John loved to tinker in the garage. He called it “Garage Therapy”. He had some neat inventions including his homemade home security system. He could customize and fix just about anything. John also enjoyed playing cards and Dominos. He also enjoyed blues music. John was always willing to help anyone with anything, whether it be helping you move, or hauling something for you in his truck. John would have given you the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it. His smile and kindness will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
The Bible gives us a wonderful promise that we will get to see our dear John again. In the Bible book of John chapter 5, versus 28,29 it says, “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life”. This hope was near and dear to John’s heart. He spent many hours trying to help his neighbors see that there is a wonderful hope ahead of us for a beautiful paradise earth when there will be no more sickness or death. Until that time comes, we are very thankful for all the amazing Hospice Nurses that cared for our John at home, as well as the Nurses and Doctors at The Taylor house.