Roy “Gene” Johnson
Roy “Gene” Johnson, 86, of Champaign, Illinois, passed away peacefully on February 22, 2016 at Clark-Lindsey’s Meadowbrook Health Center in Urbana, Illinois.
Gene was born in Rantoul, Illinois on November 7,1929 to John Roy and Mabel Catherine Johnson.
During high school he participated in the band, chorus and was the manager of the football and basketball teams. He graduated from Rantoul High School in 1948.
Gene served his country in the Army from 1952–1954, during the Korean Conflict. When he returned home, he continued his education and received a degree in Accounting and Higher Business Administration from Illinois Commercial College in 1954.
After graduation from Illinois Commercial College, Gene was employed as a bookkeeper at the Ludlow Grain Elevator in Ludlow, Illinois. He worked for 30 years in the Personal Affairs Office at Chanute Air Force Base. The last 5 years of his service was as the Manager of the Suggestion Program before retiring to spend time with his family.
Gene married Roberta Hurst on May 20, 1956; they were married 59 years.
He is survived by his wife and their three children: Susan (Michael) Krickl, Urbana, James "JJ" Johnson, Champaign and Linda (Darrell) Martin, Duluth, Minnesota; five grandchildren: Amanda (Dave) Geils, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; Michael Krickl Jr. Saint Charles, Missouri; Emily (Michael) Ziegler, Champaign, and Rebecca and Troy Martin, Duluth, Minnesota along with three great-grandchildren: Matthew, Grace and Timothy Geils, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, his younger brother, Ted (Judy) Johnson, Urbana, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings— four brothers: Wendy Miller, Mervin Johnson, Robert J. Johnson, Lloyd Johnson and three sisters: Eleanor Smith, Mary Ellen Ayers and Louise Johnson.
Gene was a member of The Rantoul Methodist Church, and then The First United Methodist Church of Champaign, where he participated in their choirs for 60 years. He enjoyed the years he taught Sunday school.
He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was a member of the Rantoul American Legion and Color Guard. Gene was also a member of NARFE.
Friends can greet the family at The First United Methodist Church in Champaign at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1. The memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. followed by internment at the Tuscola Township Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Tom Corum will officiate.
Graveside Military Honors will be accorded by Urbana American Legion Post 71 Color Guard and the Army Color Guard, Decatur.
In lieu of other expression of sympathy, donations in Roy "Gene" Johnson's name may be made to The First United Methodist Church of Champaign.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be offered at www.HeathandVaughn.com.
Leonard and I were shocked to read that Gene had gone home to a better place and is at peace. He and I had great times working together on the second floor of the old Bldg P4. There were some great days and some sad days when we worked with an Air Force tradegy, but we made it through. We had great visits when you folks would be in Rantoul. Leonard enjoyed seeing him at the NARF meetings. We regret we can't be with you tomorrow but doctor appointments prevail. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
To the Johnson family,
I am so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. Your family has always been great friends to my parents, sister and me. It was a great comfort to Nancy and me to see you at my dad’s funeral last May. I am very sorry we can’t be there this week, but you are in my thoughts and prayers.
With greatest sympathy,
Pat and Pam Jolliff