Bob Franklin McClain was born in Ishmael, Missouri to Ralph and Nellie (nee Beers) McClain on March 20, 1936 and passed away on December 11, 2020 at the age of 84 years, 8 months and 22 days.
Bob was a Christian who accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior when he was a young man at Joseph Chapel Church and later rededicated his life at Huzzah Baptist Church where he became a member and was baptized by Brother Moreland in the Huzzah River.
He was a graduate of Valley High School and served honorably in the U.S. Army for two years and three months spending two of those years stationed in Germany.
On December 26, 1959 he married Bonnie Fern Haffer.
Bob and Fern were a team. They were together whether it was doing chores, cutting grass or just having fun. They attended church regularly when weather and health permitted. They loved to travel and had so much fun going to a few states each year accomplishing all 50 states throughout the years.
Bob liked nothing better than going on fishing trips with his nephew, David McClain.
Bob and Fern loved going to their cabin on the McClain farm. Bob enjoyed deer hunting.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Nellie McClain; father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Ida Matchell Haffer; two brothers, James (Connie) McClain and Curtis McClain; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Ray Taylor, Don Phillips and Harry Brown, Archie (Janie) Haffer, Claude (Marple) Haffer, Raymond Haffer, Vivian McClain, Gladys (Harold) Hammond, Hallie (George) McConnell, Melba (John) Doss, Wynetta Haffer, Ruby (Bill) Barman and Lucille (Kenneth) Jennings.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bonnie Fern McClain; four brothers, Eugene (Sharon) McClain, Bill (Helen) McClain, Lindell McClain, all of Potosi, Missouri and Dennis McClain of Steelville, Missouri; three sisters, Gladys Phillips of Union, Missouri, Nancy Brown of St. Clair, Missouri and Jane (Lowell) McMillen of Caledonia, Missouri; very special aunt, Edith Beers Birmingham of Desoto, Missouri; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Ruth Haffer Thomas of St. Louis, Missouri and Mary Haffer of St. James, Missouri and Floyd “Bud” Haffer of St. James, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at noon on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 with Rev. Andy Keyman officiating. Special music of “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art” was sung by Amanda Keyman. Other music of “Wayfairing Stranger “ was sung by Norma Taylor.
Committal prayer and interment with full military honors from the U.S. Army and VFW were in the Haffer Cemetery, Steelville, Missouri.
Casket bearers were Allen McClain, David McClain, Chris McClain, Lucas McClain, Austin Haffer, Willie Haffer and Floyd “Buddy” Haffer Jr.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.