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PEORIA - Lt. Col. Herbert M. Johnson USAF (Ret), 95, of Peoria passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.

Herb was born April 6, 1918, in Kankakee, Ill., to the Rev. John A. and Alma Schelin Johnson. He married Marjorie Thompson on June 11, 1955, in North Sacramento, Calif.

She survives, as well as one daughter, Barbara (Joel) Carter. He has three grandchildren, Matthew (Kate) Carter, Laura Carter and Michelle (Phil) Wolfe.

Herb was preceded in death by one son, Richard Wayne; his parents; and three sisters, Ruby Thalgot, Irene Rings and Ruth Pennell.

He attended DePauw University and was employed at I.E. DuPont in Joliet, before entering military service. It was there he received a citation for saving many lives in an explosion accident in Joliet, Ill. In the United States Air Force, he served during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars as a navigator and in the Titan Missile program.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Peoria and Lostant American Legion Post 473.

Herb was an avid golfer and bowler for many years and a star basketball and baseball athlete in his high school and college years.

A memorial service will be Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at 11 a.m. at The Wilton Mortuary in Peoria, with Pastor Steve Pichaske officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Cremation rites will be accorded.

In lieu of flowers, please remember him with a gift to the .

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.thewiltonmortuary.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Nov. 20, 2013
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