PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Carroll Robert "Pete" McCain, 90, of St. Mark Village, Palm Harbor, Fla. died Jan. 25, 2013, at Brookside Hospice after a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 18, 1923, in Rantoul, to Roy and Helena (Picker) McCain. He eloped and married Mary Ferdinandsen on Nov. 30, 1941, in St. Charles, Mo. Having celebrated 69 years of marriage, Mary died Jan. 30, 2011. They made their home in the Champaign area until moving to Clearwater in 1975.
Survivors include his daughter, Sue (Donald) Lohse of Geneseo and their children, Eric and his sons, Thomas and Bradley Hamerly Lohse, and Julienne (Rob) Leibrandt and their daughters, Jenifer and Allison; son, David (deceased) and Linda McCain of Effingham and their children, Raquel (Terry) Blue and their daughters, Sabrina and Brooke, and Robyn (Kurt) Bierman and their daughters, Alyssa and Rhyc; son, Garry (Lorena) of Corpus Christi, Texas, and his daughter, Natalee and stepson, Jason; sister, Doris Monaghan of Farmer City; sister-in-law, Delores McCain of Port Richey, Fla.; brother-in-law, Jim (Judy) Ferdinandsen of White Heath; and many nieces and nephews and others whom he nurtured in his home.
Preceding him were his parents; beloved wife, Mary; son, David; brother, Walter; and sister, Helen McDonald.
Pete was a Navy veteran of World War II, a farmer, carpenter, loan officer for National Homes Corporation, loan officer for various banks, administrator at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Dunedin, and an elder at Faith Covenant Community Church, Palm Harbor.
Pete enjoyed woodworking, fishing, camping, bowling and playing the organ. He was compassionate and truly interacted with anyone he met. He loved his family, our "rock", and the Lord. He had a wonderful knack for names and numbers up until his last moments. His will to live was courageous, "heroic" and always ready to take the next step to serve.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Faith Covenant Community Church, 1912 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor, Fla. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made in his name to the church or a charity of your choice. Inurnment will be at a later date in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Mahomet. Arrangements are under the direction of internationalfuneralhome.com, Clearwater, Fla., (727) 723-3020.