John Emmett Crainer Jr., 86, a longtime resident of Alvin, Texas, passed away March 25, 2018. John Emmett was born on April 26, 1931 in Beeville, Texas to John Emmett Crainer Sr. and Trudie “Pedie” Cassity Crainer. John Emmett was raised in Alvin, Texas, attended kindergarten at The Van Tassell School and continued his education at Alvin Independent School District through graduation in 1949. He even studied art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston during high school.
John Emmett attended the University of Texas at Austin before placing his education on hold, proudly joining the United States Army at the outbreak of the Korean War. He felt it was his duty to postpone his education to serve and defend the United States. During the final days of the Korean War, John Emmett assisted in mapping out the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
Returning from Korea, John Emmett continued his education by enrolling in the University of Houston. John Emmett worked for Armstrong Service Station and helped his father with farming and cattle ranching, before joining AMOCO Chemicals in Texas City. During this time, John Emmett met his future wife and love of his life, Flora Alice Stevens. They were married March 19, 1955 at the Alvin Methodist Church on Johnson Street.
John Emmett was a chemist and laboratory foreman for AMOCO Chemical for 39 years before retiring as the facility’s most senior employee. After retirement, John Emmett joined a former co-worker forming a consulting company for several years before permanently retiring to care for his wife as her health declined.
Better known as “PaPa,” John Emmett’s greatest joy and inspiration was his only grandchild, John Thomas. Aside from his grandson, gardening, reading, art, family history/story telling, continued learning and Korean War experiences/history filled his life. One to never meet a stranger, he cared deeply for his family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and former military family.
John Emmett was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Alice, of 59 years; parents, John Emmett Sr. and Trudie “Pedie” Cassity Crainer; and grandparents, John and Emma Roberson Crainer and Alvin L. and Edna Elizabeth Duff Cassity.
John Emmett is survived by his loving son, John Paul Crainer; favorite daughter-in-law, Ann; grandson, John Thomas of Friendswood Texas; sister Betty Crainer Wolf and husband Cyril Joseph Sr. of Giddings, Texas; and brother, Ernest L. Crainer and partner Dennis W. Lewis, Alvin, Texas; nephew, Cyril Joseph Wolf Jr. and wife Kendra; great-niece, Kensley Cay Wolf of Giddings, Texas; nephews, Terry Lee and wife Donna of Alvin, Texas, and Stevens Rogers and wife A’Lann of San Antonio, Texas; and many close relatives and friends.
The family would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to John Emmett’s caregivers Connie, Jennifer and Shirley for their love, compassion, dedication and continued care throughout the years.
Visitation was held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Scott Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Scott Funeral Home with interment following in Confederate Cemetery, Alvin, Texas.
Arrangements under the direction of the Scott Family.