Donald B. Johnson
1932 - 2020
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Donald B. Johnson

Born: December 29, 1932

Died: May 9, 2020

Donald B. Johnson, 87, of DeKalb, Illinois, died Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Bethany Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

He was born December 29, 1932 in Bridgeport, Illinois, the son of Lewis I. and Audrey (Jamison) Johnson. Donald married Florence A. Somers on September 8, 1956 in Amherst, Wisconsin.

Donald was a graduate of Albion High School. He was a Veteran of the US Navy, having served during the Korean Conflict. He graduated from Kishwaukee College with an Associates of Arts Degree in Law Enforcement. Donald was formerly employed at General Electric in DeKalb for fifteen years and was a Police Officer for Illinois Secretary of State Police for 25 years and retired after  serving as a Bailiff at the DeKalb County Courthouse. He was a member of St. Mary Church in DeKalb. Donald was a avid golfer, he had a hole in one at Buena Vista Golf Course.

He is survived by his wife, Florence; Daughter, Dawn (James) Haynes ; Son, Doug (Delinda) Johnson; four grandchildren, Lindsey (Tyler) Jaeckel, Hillary Stoddard, Mackenzie (Jacob) Smith and Madelyne (Noah Taylor) Johnson; two great grandchildren, Theo and Ellie Jaeckel; two brothers, Billy J. (Beverly) Johnson and Richard (Teri) Johnson; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Larry Johnson.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Thakkar for Don's excellent care over the years.

Due to the virus situation, a Celebration of Life will be held at a future date with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Donald B. Johnson Memorial Fund, addressed to the Johnson Family in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, visit or call 815-756-1022.

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Published in The MidWeek News on May 12, 2020.
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May 14, 2020
DB will be missed. Sorry for his loss
Fran & Bud Atkins
May 13, 2020
I first met Don through the Senior Mens golf league at Buena Vista golf course. I always enjoyed seeing and talking to him. Always a pleasure.... I will miss him!! Patrick Looney
May 12, 2020
I had the pleasure of umpiring softball with Don at Katz Park many years ago. I always enjoyed working with him. Thoughts and prayers to you all.
Randy McCord
May 12, 2020
The world is a sadder place with the passing of Don. He was a kind, loving man and my former brother in-law. May he Rest In Peace and give his family the strength to carry on. God Bless all of you. Our prayers are with you.
Carol Uhl
May 12, 2020
Dawn, and the Johnson family, Don will be missed, and prayers for the entire Johnson family. From NIU Lab school, until HS graduation, I have known Dawn, and her family. I also worked as a LEO while Don was with the S.O.S.Police and had many a times reminiscing with Don at the DeKalb Co Courthouse while waiting to testify in court. R.I.P. Don we have the watch now
Kurt Clifton
May 12, 2020
So sorry.
Christina Crafton
May 12, 2020
Dawn and Johnson Family:

May God grant you consolation in your time of grief.
Stephan Japuntich
May 12, 2020
Those of us who Uncle Don has left behind will continue to carry him in our memories and in our hearts. Thinking of you all during this most difficult time and fondly remembering an amazing uncle, mentor, friend, veteran and police officer who left this world a better place for all in which he was involved in.

"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." -Thomas Campbell
Nikki Somers
May 11, 2020
Our Deepest Condolences to your Entire Family. So Sorry
Love you All!
The Watts
Burgess, Pammy, Kayt, Krysta, Kara
Pamela Watts
May 11, 2020
Thoughts and Prayers go out to you and your family
Robert Wenger
May 11, 2020
So sorry for your loss . He was a great guy , I enjoyed knowing him , on the softball field and at the bowling alley . May he Rest In Peace . Prayers to the rest of the family.
Pat Burright
May 11, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
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