The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

March 13, 2014

Harry Johnson Jr.

The Commercial-News

---- — Harry Johnson Jr., 84, of Danville passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

He was born on May 23, 1929, in Danville, the son of Harry and Dema (Robinson) Johnson Sr.

He married Colletta Murray on Jan. 25, 1953, in Georgetown. She survives.

He will be deeply missed by one daughter, Sherri (Robert) Hous of Danville; and three sons, David (Martha) Johnson of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Murray Scott (Renee) Johnson of Danville and Eric (Taylor) Johnson of Thornton, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Tabitha (David) Thrasher of Omaha, Neb., Samantha Johnson of Danville, Norma Jean Johnson of Danville, Emma Johnson of Keokuk, Iowa, Lauren Hous of Danville, Tegan Johnson of Thornton, Colo., and Nicholas of Thornton, Colo.; six great-grandchildren, Addison, Landon and Sophie Thrasher and Jahzarrya, Jamar and Jhaziya Porter; one nephew, Kevin (Brenda) Stockdale; one great-niece Rachel (Toby) Wolfe and son Bailey Wolfe; one great-nephew, Jackson Stockdale-Wilson.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Peggy Stockdale.

Harry drove tanker trucks for over 40 years, mostly with Rogers Cartage in Danville until he retired in 1986. On the weekends, you could find Harry at the local barber shops cutting hair and socializing. He was a United States Army veteran and served in Korea from 1950 to 1952, earning the Combat Infantry Badge.

He was life member of the Vermilion County War Museum and served as president, vice president and on the board of directors. He was a life member of the Lincoln United Methodist Church in Danville and currently attended Fairview United Methodist Church. Colletta and Harry were life members of the Illiana Genealogy Society. He enjoyed working on cars, trucks and computers, and also enjoyed photography, crossword puzzles, going on river cruises and enjoyed watching all of the water locking systems.

A celebration of Harry’s life will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville, with Matt Filisky officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Sunset Memorial Park.

Memorials can be made in Harry’s name to the Vermilion County War Museum, 307 N. Vermilion St., Danville, IL 61832.

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