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James Johnson Jr.


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James Johnson Jr. Obituary
James Johnson, Jr.
CHILLICOTHE - James H. Johnson, Jr., 81, of Chillicothe and formerly of Henry, passed away Saturday April 13, 2019, 5:24 a.m. at Evergreen Senior Living, Chillicothe.
A private family graveside service will be held at Henry Cemetery, where full military rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made to the Henry Cemetery Association or Vitas Hospice La Salle, IL
Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry is in charge of arrangements.
Jim was born January 2, 1938 in Springhill Township, Pennsylvania to James H. Johnson, Sr and Lena M (Fraley) Johnson. He married Dorothy C. Mekley on November 23, 1960 in Everett, Washington. She preceded him in death on December 30, 2008.
Surviving are his children, Mark A. Johnson, of Lewistown and Terri J. (Phil) Yordy, of Rochelle, one granddaughter, Morgan L. Yordy and one sister, Brenda J. (Thomas) Shipman, of Quantico, Maryland.
His parents, one sister, Barbara H."Bobbie" Johnson, preceded him in death.
Jim graduated from Point Marion High School, Class of 1956. He enjoyed his school years fondly sharing memories, including participation in school plays, playing several sports, attending "cutting a rug" at dances, shooting pool, and many fun times with friends. Jim enjoyed attending and hosting Texas Hold'em card parties with the gang in his later years. After high school, He served in the United States Army Reserves, then into the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1964.
He was employed at BF Goodrich in 1964 until his retirement on Feb 23, 2001.
Jim was a very community minded person. He served on the Henry Zoning Board, volunteered on the ambulance service, was active in the Golden Hammer Award program and the New Comers Committee, and was very active in the Henry Jaycee's. He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed playing on several local courses with Edgewood in McNabb being his favorite. For those who ever golfed with JJ knew he was competitive on the course. However, he also enjoyed sharing observations and techniques he felt may improve the other person's game sitting in the cart right beside him. For those who continue to enjoy the game today, play a round of golf and enjoy an "Arnold Palmer" at the club house after in remembrance of Jim.
The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the Vitas Hospice Program and the healthcare team that so generously dedicated their caring touch and support to Jim and his family. The peace and comfort they provided will never be forgotten.
Online condolences may be made to: www.calvertmemorial.com.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Apr. 15 to Apr. 17, 2019
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