The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 15, 2013

Russell C. Johnson Sr.


BARTELSO — Russell C. Johnson Sr., 77, of Bartelso, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at his residence.

He was born Dec.18, 1935, in Trinidad, Colo., to Russell and Mary Grace (Difatta) Lawson. They preceded him in death.

He married Ina Lucille Tallman, of Danville, on June 20, 1959, at St. Bruno Catholic Church in Chicago. She preceded him in death June 28, 1994.

He also was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Johnson; and a half brother, James Leacy.

Surviving are his children, Russell C. (Kelly) Johnson Jr. of Northglenn, Colo., Thomas J. (Barbra) Johnson of Bartelso; daughter-in-law, Carol (Billy) Garrison of Mt. Vernon; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, James (Ann) Rumsey of Bonner Springs, Kan.; a sister, Jane Ziemer; half-sisters, Mary Leacy of Stockton, Margaret Burkett of Las Vegas, Nev., and Kay Adams, of Edgewood, Ky.

Russell was a short order cook at various locations in Danville, including Chappy’s Place and The Redwood Inn.

A cremation burial will take place at a later date at Bethel Cemetery in Vermilion County.

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