John Franklin Gainer

July 10, 1935April 16, 2013
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John Franklin Gainer, 77, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at St. Paul University Hospital in Dallas, Texas. John was born on July 10, 1935 to John Irvin and Flora Mae Gainer, in Dallas, Texas. He was the second of three sons. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1953. John served in the Air Force, from 1953 to 1962, as a Radio Intercept Operator. He met his first wife, Alice Mae Strever in 1956, while stationed in South Dakota, and they married later that same year. After leaving the Air Force, as a Staff Sergeant, he joined his father and uncle in the family business, Inwood Cycle and Hobby in Dallas, Texas. He and his cousin took over the business from their fathers expanded it and ran the company until 1993, when he retired. After Alice’s death in 2000, he met and married his second wife, Peggy Jo Williams on October 6, 2001. John loved to spend time with family and friends. He was actively involved in the Good Sam’s RV Club: a member of DFW Sam's Chapter and Assistant State Director for Area 13 of the state of Texas for two years. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Provost Guard and the Provost Guard Marshall for the state of Texas for two years and the Hella Temple Provost Guard Marshall for the state of Texas for one year. John actively volunteered at his church and with the Shriners. He is survived by his wife, Peggy; daughters, Pam Gainer; Pat (Oscar) Arras; son, Gary (Weesie) Gainer; grandchildren, Geoffrey, Kelsey, and Sydney Gainer, Connor, Callie Anne, and McKenna Arras; brother, Irvin Gainer, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Peggy’s children, Mike (Maureen) Williams; Jim Williams; Colene Gryder; and grandchildren, Tim, Alyssa, John, and Avalon Williams, Starr Adams, and April Broadway, who thought of John as a father and grandfather. John was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Tom Gainer, and his first wife, Alice Gainer. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 2700 Warren Circle, Irving, Texas 75062 at 12:00 p.m., with The Reverend Mother Gail Gateley. Burial will follow at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas. The family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Monday, April 22, 2013, at Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home Beltline Road in Grand Prairie, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made to The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer or to Community Hospice, 1341 W. Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75247.


  • Visitation Monday, April 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 23, 2013
  • Committal Service Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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Samuel "Doc" Laffel

April 24, 2013

I looked at all the pictures of John's life and am happy that I knew John Gainer. He was an awesome Masonic Brother and fellow Provost Guard member. That's how I knew John. He was a shooter and was at all the pistol matches since I had started the Shrine in about '06. He was a friend and mentor. He was always there to help when we were on the range. When one of my pistols fell apart John said come over and I'll get it back together for you. We worked on that blasted pistol and had a couple of Blue Moon beers and finally he grumbled disgust and said it was impossible to fix and to take it to his friend who was a gunsmith who eventually fixed it in time for our next match. When I was at his house that day he offered to help me fix my Honda mower and when we compared notes it turned out that I had actually bought that mower from his shop in Irving some twenty years ago. What a small world.

John, you will be missed by many. I will see you on the other side and hopefully they have pistol matches in Heaven. God Bless You John.

Sam "Doc" Laffel

April 23, 2013

Peggy & Family----We consider it a Blessing to have had the opportunity to know and share time with John for the few years we shared with him. He will be missed by his Good Sam Family and our Prayers are with you and your family. We love you. Don & Helen Woodard

Dana Nichols

April 22, 2013

We will miss you Uncle John. I have many happy memories of times spent with you. Our deepest sympathy for the rest of the family at their time of grief.

Melanie Harrison

April 22, 2013

Peggy...thinking of you and saying prayers for you and your family.

Jacqueline Maki

April 22, 2013

Dear Peggy and family,
John will be missed by all who knew him, including those of us at Redeemer who appreciated his kind, gracious, sincere way of welcoming us to the 8:00 worship service. Peggy, I will always remember how lovingly you two walked up the aisle each year for the blessing of your wedding anniversary. You and John are an inspiration to all of us. God be with you in this time of sadness and reflection. We are here for you. Your 8 o'clock Redeemer sister,
Jackie Maki

April 22, 2013

Sorry for your loss. May God's loving words found at Ps. 72:12-13. Comfort your Family in this difficult time.
With Deep Sympathy

Jacqueline Maki

April 22, 2013

John and Peggy both exuded such gracious, genuine kindness as they welcomed worshippers to the 8:00 AM services at Redeemer. Reading about John's full life of family, community, country, travel, hard work, and helping others gives all of us a model to emulate. Peggy, God be with you during your sadness and loss of your soulmate. I fondly remember how lovingly you both would walk up the aisle together for your anniversary blessing each year. May the Holy Spirit comfort you and all of John's family now and in the days to come. Your 8 o' clock Redeemer sister,
Jackie Maki

Ring Family

April 21, 2013

Mr. Gainer was our beloved neighbor, who Peggy and John took in our three kids, Michael, Maggie and Mariana as their own grandkids. We will never forget the love you have shown all of us! You will be greatly missed! Peggy, are deepest sympathy for your loss....we love you and are here for you! The Ring Family

April 21, 2013

Peggy, Dan and I are in Arizona visiting my sister. We will be with you in thought for the services. We are go glad John is finally free of pain, although we will all miss him.
Judy and Dan Rawson

Hal Vinson

April 20, 2013

John was a great guy who gave freely of his time and talents. All who knew him will miss him.