Walter G. Johnson Sr. (1919 - 2016)

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Walter Guy Johnson Sr., 97, of Vandalia, passed away at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, 2016, at Brookstone Estates in Vandalia.
Services will be held at noon on Sunday at St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia, with the Revs. Krista Stokke and Viktoria Halmagyi Parvin officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia, with military rites accorded by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at
Mr. Johnson was born on March 12, 1919, in Shobonier, the son of Cotton and Caddie (Steinhauer) Johnson. He married Marjorie A. Sakach on June 19, 1941, in Vandalia; she preceded him in death on March 27, 2015.
Mr. Johnson was the owner and operator of Johnson Specialty Co., one of the longest running businesses in Vandalia. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia, a 70-year member of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 in Vandalia, a former member of Old Capitol Post 3862 of Vandalia and a member of the NRA. He loved to hunt and fish.
He is survived by his children, Patricia Wefer of Highland County, Va., Robert "Mike" Johnson of Cape Coral, Fla., and Theresa and her husband Randy Thomas of San Diego, Calif.; and sister, Geraldine Parvin of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Walter G. Johnson Jr.
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Hohlt & File Funeral Home Ltd
204 North Fourth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
(618) 283-3434
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Published in The Leader-Union from Sept. 7 to Sept. 14, 2016
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