Joseph A. "Joe" Johnson (77) of Newton

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Published on April 26 2013 9:41 am

Joseph A. “Joe” Johnson, age 77, of Newton, Illinois, went to be with his Lord, Wednesday April 24, 2013 at 11:56 PM at his residence after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Born May 20, 1935 in Jasper County, Illinois, he was the son of Tony W. and Floris L. (Wetherholt) Johnson-Zimmerman.  On October 3, 1958 he married Ilene (Igleheart) and she survives.  He was employed by Illinois Central Railroad for 44 years as a conductor; served in the U.S. Army from 1955 - 1957; was a faithful member of the Latona Church of Christ, Wheeler, Illinois.  Other memberships include Master Mason, Winterrowd Lodge #664, AF 7 AM; Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of St. Louis, Belleville, IL; AINAD Shrine Temple, St. Louis, Missouri; Jasper County Shrine Club; American Legion Post #20, Newton, Illinois; Township Trustee, Wade Township, Jasper County, Illinois for 8 years.  Joe loved spending time with his family and friends, especially taking his kids and grandkids on vacations and cooking for a get-together.  In Newton, he supported his grandkids during their athletic events as Newton Eagles and Saint Thomas Saints.  While attending athletic events or out in public, Joe never met a stranger. When at home, he could be seen mowing his lawn, working in his weed-free garden, or keeping his truck spotless.

Survivors include his wife, Ilene Johnson, Newton, Illinois; mother, Floris Johnson Zimmerman, Newton, Illinois; sons and daughters-in-law, Gary Joe and Joyce Johnson, Newton, Illinois; Scott Ray and Shelly Johnson, Newton, Illinois; daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. Ann Renee and Dane May, Newton, Illinois; grandchildren, Will, Ty and Sydney May; Dylan and Taylor Johnson; Kristin Henry; Erica and John Johnson; brothers and spouses, Ronald and Tanya Johnson, Newton, Illinois; David and Mary Johnson, Newton, Illinois; sisters and spouses, Janice and Ken Gary, Cookeville, Tennessee; Judith Addis, Olney, Illinois; Nancy Johnson, Newton, Illinois and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Joe in death were his father, Tony W. Johnson; mother-in-law, Irene Ballew; brothers-in-law, Larry Cox and Jack Ballew and sister-in-law, Rita Ballew.

Funeral service will be Saturday April 27, 2013 at 10:30 am at the Latona Church of Christ, Wheeler, Illinois with Pastor Nate Hagan officiating.  Visitation will be Friday April 26, 2013 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Latona Church of Christ with Masonic Funeral Rites at 7:00 PM.  Burial will be in the Trexler Cemetery, rural Newton, Illinois.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lincolnland Hospice or Latona Church of Christ with envelopes available at the church.Charitable donations may be made in Joseph's memory to the following organizations:

Latona Church of Christ
Wheeler, Illinois

Lincolnland Hospice
http://www.sarahbush.org/hospice/
1000 HEALTH CENTER DRIVE • MATTOON, IL 61938
Tel: (217) 258- or 348-2525