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Larry Johnson


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Larry Johnson Obituary
Larry Johnson
ROANOKE – Larry D. Johnson, 80, of Roanoke, formerly of rural Benson, passed away at 2:30 am on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.
He was born on March 22, 1938 in Peoria, IL to Eilert H. and Alma H. Mennen Johnson. He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Rudin, at St. Peter Lutheran Church on December 28, 1958 in Benson, IL. She survives.
Also surviving is one son, Greg (Sky) Johnson of Santa Barbara, CA; one daughter, Jill (Patrick) Durley of Metamora, IL; three grandchildren, Marisa (Kyle) Weyeneth of Metamora; Sam (Whitney) Durley of Goodfield, IL; Reed Durley (fiancé Morgan Anderson) of Abilene, TX; two great grandchildren, Eli & Lillian Weyeneth; and one sister, Cynthia "Sam" Johnson of Peoria.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Don Johnson.
Larry was an Army Veteran and was a member of the Benson Legion Post #454.
Larry was a baptized and confirmed member of St. Peter Lutheran Church where he served many years on the church council. He enjoyed being a life-long farmer in rural Benson. He put his carpentry skills to use by building his own home and helping friends and family with countless projects. Larry was a fine athlete in his youth. In later years he was active in slow pitch softball and league bowling. Larry enjoyed watching his own children and grandchildren's sporting events and activities. He was a life-long Cubs fan, and his patience was finally rewarded by seeing the Cubs win a World Series. But most of all, Larry loved spending time with his family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at St. Peter Lutheran Church, rural Benson, at 10 am on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Pastor David Abuya will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Monday, May 14, at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke and from 9-9:45 am on Tuesday prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church in Benson, The Parkinson's Foundation or the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke. Online condolences may be made to the family at knappjohnsonharris.com.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star from May 11 to May 13, 2018
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