Johnny Lee Gretchner, known affectionately as John and Babe, was born on May 2, 1947, in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was a loving, resilient, spirited, and adventurous soul, who brought joy to the lives of everyone he met. Johnny lived his life with a deep sense of faith, often drawing strength from the verse, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). His belief in God and Jesus Christ provided him with a foundation of hope, resilience, and love, which he generously extended to those around him.\n\nIn his early years, Johnny lived in San Diego and Sacramento, California, before finally settling in McAllen, Texas, where he spent twenty-five cherished years. A dedicated driver for a medical diagnostic laboratory until his retirement in 2007, Johnny's work was more than just a job – it was a service to his community. He was known for his infectious spirit and his ability to bring a smile to anyone's face. Outside of work, Johnny was a man of many passions. He loved to go fishing, embark on road trips, discover new restaurants, and try his luck at casinos. His adventurous spirit and love for life were ever present and infectious.\n\nWhat mattered most to Johnny Lee was his family. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Barbara Gretchner, whose love and companionship he cherished above all else. He is survived by his wife Barbara, and was preceded in death by his mother, Hilda Krueger, and father, Anthony Gretchner. Johnny's life was a testament to his enduring love for his family, his indomitable spirit, and his unwavering faith.\n\nA viewing will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2023, at the Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission, Texas. The private viewing will begin at 10:00am CDT, followed by a public viewing at 11:00am CDT. The dismissal will be at 1:30pm CDT, followed by the burial at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery at 2:00pm CDT.\n\nWe encourage friends and family to share their memories of Johnny Lee and upload photos to his memorial page. Each memory shared helps to keep his spirit alive, and reminds us of the love and joy he brought into our lives.