Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft unless noted otherwise...

Obits for the following names are on this page.
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William P. Jones

Maxine J. Johnson Jackson

Edward Eugene Joyce

Mrs. William T. Jackson

Paul J. Johnson

Ruth (Hutchcraft) Johnson

Orville Scott Jordan

Rea Lanee Marshall Joyce

Homer Jackson

Sam W. Jacobs

Emilie Jahnke

Frederic Gerdes Janssen

Mrs. Mary Janssen

Vernon A. Janssen

Anders Johan Johnson

Anna Brilta Johnson

Carl O. Johnson

Christina Swanson Johnson

Delores J. Erickson Johnson

Earl M. Pete Johnson

Edwin C. Johnson

Esther M. Johnson

Hildur F. Johnson

John Johnson, Sr.

Laura Leona Johnson

Loren S. Johnson

Mabel B. Johnson

Mrs. Olaf Johnson

Tillie Johnson

William Johnson

Nellie Johnston

Eva B. Jones

Clarence Jordan

Henry E. Jordan


JONES, WILLIAM P. - age 57 of Gibson City, formerly of Rantoul and Highland Park, FL died at 7:20 a.m. Saturday, 9-7-2002 at his residence in Gibson City. Memorial services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 9-11, at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Paul Thomason officiating. Burial will be a later date. Cremation rites will be accorded. Visitation will be from 6 - 7:30 p.m. September 11 at the funeral home. Mr. Jones was born 9-12-1944 at Raiford, FL a son of John P. and Mildred J. Dowling Jones. He married Marsha G. Williams on 7-7-1984 at Gibson City and she survives. Other survivors include one step-son, Michael D. Williams of Rantoul; one sister, Phyllis Burnett of Aurora and his parents, John and Mildred Jones of Batavia. Mr. Jones lived in Gibson City since 1984. Prior to that time, he lived in Rantoul and Highland Park, FL. An office manager for LBC, Inc. in Bloomington, Mr. Jones also worked for Caradco Corp in Rantoul as a product designer for 20 years. He was a member of the Gibson City Moose Lodge and the Batavia Masons. Mr. Jones was an avid softball fan. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association

Born: 11-14-1915, Gibson City, Il
Died: 8-23-1995, Savoy, Champaign County, Il.
Services: Friday August 25, 1995
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Rev. Dan Hill
Burial: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

JACKSON, MAXINE J. JOHNSON - 79, of Gibson City, died at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday 8-23-1995 at Carle Arbours Nursing Home, Savoy. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Dan Hill officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Surviving is her husband, Franz Jackson of Chicago. Also surviving are two nephews, John Johnson, Milwaukee, Wis., and Leroy White, Champaign; and a sister-in-law, Lizzie Jackson, Decatur. Her parents and six brothers preceded her in death.
She was born 11-14-1915 at Gibson City, the daughter of Pearl and Zephie (McConnell) Johnson. She married Franz Jackson in 1938 at Indiana. Mrs. Jackson was the Aunt Jemima girl for Quaker Oats in the 1960's and 1970's. She sang for the troops overseas during WWII and with the Franz Jackson Bank and also with many famous people, including Roy Ethridge and Billy Holliday. She received recognition from Winston Churchill and the Russian ambassador. She had been a registered nurse at Gibson Community Hospital and at hospitals in Dwight and Paxton. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

JOYCE, EDWARD EUGENE - 77, of Satellite Beach, Fla. b. 6-5-1925 in Paxton; m. Reba Craig September 1962. She survives; d. Wednesday 10-9-2002 in Wuesthoff Hospital, Rockledge, Fla; bur: through Beach Funeral Home [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

JACKSON, Mrs. WILLIAM T. (nee Chamberlain) - On Saturday afternoon (7-9-1927) at 1:30 o'clock at the home, No. 430 E. Center Street, and at 2 o'clock at the Christian Church, occured the funeral of Mrs. William T. Jackson. The friends had gathered in such numbers that the church was not large enough to accomodate all with seats. Rev. Hollingsworth, of Tuscola, a former Ludlow pastor, officiated, and he was assisted by Rev. Oscar Keller. Mr. O.P. Wright, Rev. Keller, Miss Caddie Guy and Miss Mildred Bess sang beautifully the selections, "My Father Planned It All," "My Rest," and "Peaceful Slumber," Miss Nan Fuller, of Ludlow, sang the solo, "My Mother's Prayer," which was also very beautiful. Interment took place at Glen cemetery, the pall bearers being Judge M.L. McQuiston, D.C. Swanson, Charles L. Brown, A.E. Sandberg, Dr. W.L. Hamm and N.V. Lateer. The flowers were many and beautiful. Those from a distance who attended the services were Mrs. Frank Fenters, of Mucy (Muncie?) Ind.; Mr. E.E. Chamberlain, of Olney, Ill.; Caryl, Bertha, Dora and Nora Rothrock of Goodland, Ind. A very large number of the old friends and neighbors from the Ludlow community were also present at the service. Mrs. Jackson is survived by her husband, William T. Jackson, and six children, Wright F. Jackson, Birmingham, Ala., W.C. Jackson, Henning, Ill., E.G. Jackson, Champaign; Herbert Jackson, Ludlow; Mark L. Jackson, Paxton, and Mrs. Frank Corbly, southeast of Paxton. Two brothers and a sister, Hates Chamberlain, E.E. Chamberlain of Olney, and Allie Fenters, Macy Ind., also survive. (Paxton Record 7-14-1927) [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

JOHNSON, PAUL J. - 87, a retired Gibson City grocer was dead at 8:30 p.m. Monday 7-2-1984 after he was found near the Sangamon River. Death was from natural causes.
His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Perry officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery. He was born 1-27-1897, in Hamilton County, a son of William and Mary C. Johnson. He married Ruth Hutchcraft 6-22-1918 in Hamilton County. She died 10-5-1976
Surviving are a son, Wayne, Long Meach, Miss.; two daughters, Doris Simpsen, Arrowsmith, and Rachel Cowan, Richmond, TX; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Two sisters, five brothers and an infant grandson preceded him in death.
Mr. Johnson had lived in the Gibson City area for many years, operating a grocery store from 1945 - 1970 on South Lott Street in Gibson City. He also was a farmer.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church. He was a former city councilman and was a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Pallbearers: Kenneth Simpsen, Richard Young, James Radliff, Noel Hutchcraft, Charles Crowley, Robert Peeken [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

JOHNSON, RUTH (HUTCHCRAFT) - 75, a Gibson City resident since 1919, died at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, 10-5-1976, at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 7, at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Don Jones officiating. Burial will be in Gibson City (Drummer Twp) Cemetery. Visitation was to be from 6 - 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Johnson was born 2-17-1901 in Wayne County, a daughter of Thomas and Ida Taylor Hutchcraft. She married Paul Johnson 6-22-1918 in Hamilton County.
Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Doris Simpsen, Arrow-smith; and Mrs. Rachel Cowan, Richmond, TX; a son, Wayne Johnson, Long Beach, Miss; four sisters, Mrs. Pearl Turner, Fairfield; Mrs. Maxie Perry, McLeansboro; Mrs. Madge Johnson, Peoria and Mrs. Celia Moore, Tremont; three brothers, Howard Hutchcraft, Gibson City, Sessel Clark, Wayne City and John Hutchcraft, McLeansboro; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A sister and a brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Johnson belonged to the United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson had operated the Johnson Grocery Store on South Lott Blvd in Gibson City for many years before their retirement. Pallbearers: Kenneth Simpsen, John Ort, Robert Peeken, Charles Crowley, Melvin Wright, Gerald Stacey [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

JORDAN, ORVILLE SCOTT - 64, a resident of Watseka for the last 10 years and formerly of Gibson City, died at 11 p.m. Thursday at Hawthorne Lodge, Watseka. His funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Harold Barker officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery.
Mr. Jordan was born 4-27-1918, at Gibson City, a son of Edmund and Florence Scott Jordan. He married Reva Dial 11-22-1976, at Watseka. She survives. Also surviving are two brothers, Richard "Snook" Jordan and Loel Jordan, both of Gibson City; and two sisters, Dorothy Pfoff, Paxton; and Jeanine Shull of Gibson City. Five brothers preceded him in death. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

JOYCE, REA LANEE MARSHALL - 39, of Rantoul, formerly of Paxton, died at 2 a.m. Saturday 4-25-1998 at Provina Covenant Hospital, Urbana. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, with the Rev. Richard Swain officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cemetery, Paxton.
Mrs. Joyce was born 4-24-1959, in Danville, a daughter of Clifford L. and Anna (Tillie) Vicory Marshall. She married Randy Joyce in 1976. Survivors include her parents, of Paxton; two sons, Ryan Joyce; and Brandon Taylor, Rantoul; one daughter, Nichole Joyce, Michigan; one sister Lindy (Richard) Knoll, Hoopeston; three brothers, Brad (Brenda) Marshall, and Kevin (Margo) Marshall, both of Paxton; and Brent (Sharon) Marshall, Rankin; one step-grandmother, Bertha Marshall, Paxton; and one granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

JACKSON, HOMER - 73, died Saturday August 6, 1977 in Sarasota, Fl. born in LeRoy, Il lived most of his life in Fisher, Il retired and moved to Fl. in 1970 (cannot make out rest of copy) [Gibson Courier - August 1977, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

The following obituaries were transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton:

Jacobs, Sam W.
Sam W. Jacobs, 86, died at 8:35 a.m. Saturday at Gibson Community Hospital where he had been a patient four days.
His funeral was at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Lamb Funeral Home, with the Rev. Homer Laster officiating, and at the Lindsey Funeral Home in Paducah, KY., at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Paducah's Oak Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Jacobs was born in Paducah, Oct. 6, 1873. He married Margaret Davis in 1889. She died in 1922. His second wife, the former Anna Bracken, died in 1952. He came to Gibson City in 1953 from Paducah.
He is survived by three sons, Lee, Paducah; Elmer, Gibson City; Charles, Newport, Ore.; two brothers, George, Paducah; Arthur, Springfield; one sister, Mrs. Ruby Wilson, Livonia, Mich.; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. One daughter, two brothers and two sisters also preceded him in death.
He was a member of Olivet Baptists Church in Paducah.
5-5-1960- date on newspaper

JAHNKE, EMILIE (maiden name unknown)
Paxton Record - Thursday 6-28-1928
Buckley - Last Friday morning the Lord called to rest another weary pilgrim, Mrs. Emilie Jahnke. She was born 5-27-1854, at Soboje, Russian Poland, where she was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. In 1878 she was united in marriage at Lublin, Russia, to Albert Jahnke, who seven years ago preceded her in death. The Lord blessed them with nine children; two of them died in early infancy. The deceased mother and the other members of her family lived for a number of years in Germany. In 1907 they came to this country and made their home first at Thawville, Il., and later in this village. The days of her life were not all pleasant. She experienced what is written in Psalm 90:10, "The strength of our days to labor and sorrow." She was contented with her earthly lot and willingly worked as long as she was able to do something. The last years she felt the burden of ther age and her health begin to fail. Unable to be alone, she lived with her daughter, Mrs. George (Anna) Fuoss, near Roberts, where she received tender care unto her death. The deceased mother was a faithful member of our Lutheran Church. She was faithful in the use of God's Word and the Holy Sacrament, which afforded her strength and comfort to submit to the Lord's will and ways. Patiently she bore the burden of sickness and suffering and cheerfully she waited for the hour of departure. Her heart's desire was graciously granted last Friday morning when the Lord called her home. The days of her earthly life number 74 years and 1 month. She leaves to mourn her departure one son, six daughters, six sons-in-law, eighteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and other relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace!

Janssen, F.G.
Frederic Gerdes Janssen was born on the 26th day of September, 1848, at Sophiensiel, near Jever, Germany, the second son of Berent Janssen and his wife, Hincke-Ricklefs. He was baptized and confirmed at the Lutheran Church of Tettens.
In 1867 he began his military career by entering the 19th Cavalry Regiment of Dragoons, which was stationed at Oldenburg. As a private of this regiment he fought during the entire war of Prussia against France in 1870-1871, participating in three of the main battles of this war, in the siege of Paris and seven minor engagements. He received the war medal of 70-71 and was released from service as Corporal on the 26th day of April, 1872.
On the 3rd day of May, 1874, Mr. Janssen was married to Miss Mary Harms of Sophiensiel. To this union eight children were born of which two preceded their father in death.
In 1881 the family emigrated to America, settling in the neighborhood of Sibley. Farming was their occupation until 1908, when Mr. and Mrs. Janssen retired to our village, where for many years he was one of our cemetery trustees and custodian of the Town Hall.
Mr. Janssen died of a heart stroke on Monday, November 28 and was buried the following Wednesday in Mount Hope cemetery.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, two sons, H. Janssen of Tulsa, Okla., and George Janssen of South Pekin, Ill. , also four daughters, Mrs. H. Laurent of Forrest, Ill.; Mrs. Wm. Voss of Deep Water, Mo.; Mrs. Harry Tjarks of Cabery, Ill.; and Mrs. Orin Long of Custer Park, Ill.
Funeral services were held at the home of the departed and at St. John's Lutheran Church.
12-15-1927-date on newspaper

Janssen, Mrs. F.G.
Mary Harms, the youngest daughter of John and Margaretha Harms, was born at Sophiensiel, Germany, on December 2, 1850. She was married to Frederick G. Janssen, a fellow-townsman, on May 3, 1874 this union was blessed with 8 children, two of whom preceded their mother in death. In 1881 the family emigrated to America, settling in the neighborhood of Sibley, taking up farming for their occupation. In 1908 they retired to our village. Mr. Janssen died on November 28, 1927. Mrs. Janssen first took sick the day after Christmas with double pneumonia, followed by bright's disease. Death came on Monday, February 4, 1929. She was 78 years, 2 months and 2 days of age.
She leaves to mourn her death 4 daughters; Mrs. H. Laurent of Forrest, Ill.; Mrs. Wm. Voss, of Deep Water, Mo.; Mrs. Harry Tjarks of Cabery, Ill., and Mrs. Orin Long of Custer Park, Ill., and 2 sons; Herman Janssen of Tulsa, Okla., and Geo. Janssen of South Pekin, Ill.; also 18 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 6, at the Lutheran Church and interment was in Mt. Hope Cemetery.
2-7-1929- date on newspaper

Janssen, Vernon A.
Melvin: Vernon A. Janssen, 40, died Sunday at Paxton Community Hospital. Funeral services were Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Parish School auditorium at Buckley, the Rev. Fred Stennfeld officiating; burial was in St. John's Cemetery at Buckley.
He was born 12-15-1923 near Buckley, a son of Ben and Amanda Luhrsen
Janssen. He married Elizabeth Berg 6-30-1956 at Buckley. He is survived by his wife, a son, Richard, two daughters, Linda and Cathy at home; his mother; two brothers, William and Elmer at home; two sisters, Mrs. Harold Roetzel and Mrs. Edwin Krumwiede.

Johnson, Anders Johan
The funeral services of Anders Johan Johnson were held on Thursday, June 8, at the Swedish Lutheran Church in Clarence at 2 o'clock, and were very largely attended by the friends who had come to pay their last respects to the departed.
Rev. O. Birger Nelson, pastor of the church, preached a sermon beautiful in thought, which was very consoling and comforting to those who are left to mourn the loss of a good Christian gentleman. Rev. G. Nelson, pastor of the Paxton Swedish Lutheran Mission Church, assisted in the service.
Interment occurred in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. The pall bearers were the grandsons of the deceased; Elmer and Edward Johnson, Claude Peters, Claude Hammerstrand, Arthur Nelson, Fred Nelson, Arvid Nelson and Clarence Peterson. The flower carriers were granddaughters of the deceased, namely; Misses Mabel Peters, Mildred Hendrickson and May, ruby and Helen Johnson and Madame's Clarence Peterson, Claude Hammerstrand, Arthur Nelson and Mabel Peters.
Anders Johan Johnson was born on the 21st of July 1837, in the community of Grenna, county of Jonkoping, province of Smaland, Sweden, and died at his home Monday afternoon June 5, at 3:10 o'clock, at the age of 78 years, 10 months and 16 days. He and his wife Anna Brita Swenson, were married in Sweden in September 1867.
Two years later they set sail for this country, arriving in Paxton in 1869. For three years they lived west of Paxton on a rented farm. In 1874 they, moved to a farm, east pf Clarence, and have resided in this community ever since, with the exception of two years in Rankin. He leaves a wife and four children - C.W. Johnson, Mrs. Wyman Peters, J.A. Johnson and Mrs. O.L. Hendricks of Chicago. Six children have gone before him, Mrs. Andrew Nelson died in 1915, John August in 1872, Gustaf Adolf in 1887, Anna Charlotte in 1872, Emma Albertina in 1876, and Helen Almina in 1878. There are twenty-two grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, to mourn his departure.
Mr. Johnson was a quiet, unassuming man, loved by all who knew him. He worked hard and minded his own business. He was one of the old pioneers in the community and by the labor of his hands the virgin prairie blossomed forth like a garden. His whole life was a life of toll and severe struggles, but God blessed his efforts abundantly. Mr. Johnson was not only interested in material things but sought and found the spiritual things that enriched his soul. He was a faithful and respected member of the Swedish Lutheran Church in Clarence, where his loss is felt very keenly.
Card of Thanks
We wish to thank the friends who were so kind to us during the sickness and at the time of the death and funeral of our beloved husband and father. We also thank those who sent the beautiful flowers.
Mrs. Andrew J. Johnson
Mr. and Mrs. C.V. Johnson
(last name cut off)
6-15-1916- date on newspaper

Johnson, Mrs. August
Mrs. Anna Brilta Johnson was born in the parish of Surteby, Vastergoland, Sweden, October 5, 1853. She came to America in 1884 and settled in Gibson City. On the 15th day of December she was united in marriage to Mr. August Johnson. This union was blessed with eight children, two of whom preceded her in death.
Mrs. Johnson was a very faithful member of the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran church at Gibson City since 1885. She lived a consistent Christian life, whenever health permitted; her one desire was to make use of the privilege offered in the service of the church. Mrs. Johnson had for some years been in failing health and for the last five months unable to leave the bed. The departure of Mrs. Johnson came humanly speaking, not unexpected, for some time it had been anticipated. The summons for Mrs. Johnson to depart this life came on March 16th at the age of 68 years, 5 months and 11 days.
During the siege of sickness she manifested a staunch faith in Christ as her Saviour and was waiting for the Lord to come take her home. Her faith in Christ gives us today the comfort in believing that she (words are smeared). Her firm faith in Christ gives us today the comfort in believing that she has gone to possess the inheritage of the saints of light.
She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, August Johnson; her children John B. of Pigeon, Mich.; Albert Frankfort of South Dakota; Mrs. Emma Eastman of Mapleton, Minn.; Mrs. Hilda M. Taylor of Cincinnatus, N.Y.; Ernst of Guthrie, of Illinois and Edna at home; besides other relatives and many friends. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren.
The funeral services were held on last Saturday, March 18th from the Lutheran Church at Gibson City. Rev. Ossian L. Karlstrom of Rankin officiating. Two ladies of the church with Mrs. Frykman in charge sang appropriate songs of hope and cheer.
3-22-1922-date on newspaper

JOHNSON, CARL O. - Gibson Courier, Thursday, 10-24-1935
Carl O. Johnson, highly respected resident of this community for many years, died at his home on North Wood Street last Saturday night at the age of 73 years and 10 months, after an illness of less than two months. Mr. Johnson, a son of Gustave Johnson and Ingeborg Bengston Johnson was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, 12-8-1861. In 1908 he brought his family to America, settling at East Lynn; and in 1911 the family moved to a farm northwest of Gibson City, where they lived until 1923. Besides his widow, Mrs. Mathilda Johnson, the following children survive: Thorson, Bloomington; George, Albert and Gus, Chicago; Mrs. G.E. Froyd, Iowa; Mrs. J.W.E. Nelson, Texas; Miss Corrine, Danville and Miss Astrid, at home. A brother also is living at Spencer, NY. Funeral services were held Tuesday, 10-22-1935, at the Salem Lutheran Church in charge of the Rev. Oscar Purn of Paxton, assisted by the local student pastor, W.T. Chell; burial was in Gibson Cemetery.

JOHNSON, CHRISTINA SWANSON - Paxton Record 6-29-1930
An aged pioneer of our community has passed to her eternal reward. A long and useful life has come to its end as far as earth is concerned but we believe that our aged mother and friend has just begun to live that fullness of life which is promised to all believers in Christ. Hence this brief obituary should contain only a note of joy and thanksgiving for what God has done in His great mercy for His departed servant. Mrs. Christina Johnson (nee Swanson) was born in Grenna, Sweden, 10-6-1847. At the age of 22 years she came to America and settled in Paxton, where she was married shortly afterwards to Claus W. Johnson on the 8th of April, 1870, by Pastor Hasselquist. The family affiliated with our Lutheran Church at once and remained members of the same until the organization of the Mission Covenant Church, and became charter members of this church, where Mrs. Johnson has been an active and faithful member ever since. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, two of whom have preceded their mother in death, namely Miss Linda, 3-2-1913, and Mrs. Tillie Anderson 8-31-1935. Her husband was called to his reward 6-3-1931. At the time of her death she had reached the ripe old age of 91 years, 8 months, and 13 days. She is deeply mourned by her five surviving children,: Mrs. Robert Willard of Paxton, Miss Amelia Johnson of Gibson City, Frank A. and Victor at home, and Charles W. Johnson of Champaign.

Gibson City - A woman was killed, and a man was burned trying to rescue her Sunday, (4-20-1969) in a car-train collision. Dead is Mrs. Delores J. Johnson, 36, of Gibson City. Mrs. Johnson's funeral was held Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, with the Rev. William Jones officiating; burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. She was born 2-19-1933, at Foosland, a daughter of Nels and Ethel Hamblin Erickson. Surviving are two sons, Terry and Robin, both at home; and two brothers, Donald Erickson, Gibson City, and Darrell Erickson, Champaign. Her parents preceded her in death. Mrs. Johnson was a member of the United Methodist Church and American Legion auxiliary.

Johnson, Earl M. Pete - of Charleston, W. VA
b. 10-3-1915, near Frankfort, SD
s/o Albert W. and Bess Miner Johnson
graduate: Drummer Twp. High School in 1933
m. Sue Steele, 7-18-1942
m. Virginia M. Smith, 3-22-1967
d. Tuesday 7-5-1977 Charleston Memorial Hospital
burial: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, Il.
survivors: His mother, Mrs. Bess Johnson, Gibson City
two sisters, Doris J. Suter, Gibson City and
Constance L. Crowe, Orange, CA.

Edwin C. Johnson (Swede Eddie) 74, died Sunday 4-20-1969 in Paxton hospital. He had been ill for three weeks. Mr. Johnson was born 3-19-1895 in Sweden. He came to the US at the age of 18. He farmed for a number of years and had been employed by Shell Oil Co. and also Allied Gas Co. He had been a resident of the Paxton Hotel for 25 years. Mr. Johnson was a veteran of WW1 and was a 50 year member of the American Legion Prairie Post 150, VFW Post 4214 and W.W. Barracks of Paxton. He is survived by two brothers and two sisters in Sweden. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services were Tuesday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home with Rev. Bruce Heck officiating; military graveside rites were accorded by American Legion Prairie Post 150 at Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Pallbearers were R.O. Glad, Delbert Beckstrand, Jack Martin, Harold Darr, William Setzler and George Merrimac.

Johnson, Esther M.
b. 4-27-1920, Gibson City, Ford County, Il.
d/o Clarence and Maude Bristol Johnson
siblings: Ray Johnson, Anna Abel
d. 12-1-1977, Gibson Community Hospital
bur: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

Johnson, Hildur
The funeral of Hildur F. Johnson, age 96, a resident of Gibson City since 1947 was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City.
The Reverends Robert C. Cooling and Dane Meuschke officiated with burial in Drummer Township Cemetery, Gibson City.
Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral home, Gibson City and for one hour before the service Tuesday at the church.
Pallbearers were Matthew Johnson, Mark Johnson, Lyle Converse and John Kaufman.
Mrs. Johnson died at 6:55 p.m. Saturday April 13, 1991 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City.
She was born August 27, 1894 in Sycamore, the daughter of the Reverend Magnus and Amanda Olson Fryman. She married C.A.T. Johnson on July 27, 1918 in Gibson City. He preceded her in death on October 15, 1987.
Surviving are three sons, Robert of Hillside; Ralph of Downs; and Lloyd of Gibson City; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one brother, Milton of Gibson City.
She was preceded in death by two sons, nine brothers and one sister.
Mrs. Johnson had lived in Bloomington for 26 years before moving to Gibson City.
She was a member of Salem Neighborhood Club, McLean County Farm Bureau, McLean County Home Extension and St. John's Lutheran Church of Bloomington for 64 years.

JOHNSON, JOHN SR. - Melvin Motor 5-29-1919
b. 1834, Ostfriesland, Germany
confirmed, age 14, German Lutheran Church in Germany
m. 1864 Fannie Arends, in Germany; she died 3-22-1905
Seeb Johnson, b. Germany
Will Johnson, b Germany
Immigrated to US 1869, first to Peoria, then Ford County
Anna Johnson Shellman, born US, of Gibson City
John Johnson of Melvin
Theodore Johnson of Melvin
George Johnson of Melvin
Herman Johnson of Melvin
d. 5-17-1919, Home in Melvin, Ford County, Il
buried: Melvin Cemetery

Laura Leona Johnson, 94, of Gibson City, died Friday 4-3-1998 at Heritage
Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Funeral services were Monday at the United Methodist Church, Gibson City; the Rev. Randall Robinson officiated; burial was in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Johnson was born 12-1-1903, at Gibson City, a daughter of Edward Dorman and Hattie Weakman Donovan. She married Carl Johnson in 1939; he died 9-4-1962. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. A lifelong Gibson City resident, Mrs. Johnson taught in Gibson City schools for more than 50 years.

Johnson, Loren
Loren S. Johnson, 68, a retired Stokley - VanCamp farm department employee, died at 3:58 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 29, 1970 at the Gibson Community Hospital Annex.
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, at the Lamb Funeral Home. The Rev. John Curtis will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Township Cemetery.
Visitation was to be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
He was born April 4, 1902 at Thawville a son of Charles and Izabelle Cox Johnson. He married Laura Smith in 1926. She died in 1955. He then married Bessie Anderson, Aug. 9, 1957 at Paris.
Surviving are his wife; a son, Harold, Arlington Heights; two daughters, Mrs. Barbara Stroh, Brooksville, Fla., Mrs. Mary Lou Stocker, Jacksonville; two brothers, Clarence, Gibson City, Homer, Champaign; two stepsons, Willie Anderson, Lexington, Bob L. Anderson, Gibson City; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Bernice Climpson, Gibson City, Mrs. Sharon Sleeter, Rantoul; 15 grandchildren.
He was a resident of Gibson City many years and a member of the First Christian Church. Pallbearers will be Henry May, Bill Stroh, Shirley Simmons, Kenneth Byerline, Gene Gardner, and Howard Drollingers.
12-31-1970-date on newspaper

Johnson, Mabel
Mrs. Mabel B. Johnson, 84, Gibson City, died at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 1975, at the Americana Nursing Home in Champaign.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Don Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Gibson City Cemetery.
She was born April 5, 1891, near Melvin, a daughter of John and Ellen Brucker Bond. She married Harry E. Johnson who died in 1943.
Mrs. Johnson is survived by two sons, Harold and Glenn, both of Gibson City, two granddaughters, and a sister, Miss Grace Bond, Gibson City.
She was preceded in death by a brother and four sisters.
She was a lifelong resident of the Gibson City Melvin area and was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Margaret Noble Sunday School Class and the Ford County Farm Bureau.
Pallbearers are Bruce Cothern, Albert Froidcoeur, Dean Froidcoeur, Ralph Dueringer, John Johnson and Harvey Rutledge.
5-22-1975-date on newspaper

JOHNSON, MRS. OLAF - Gibson Courier, Thursday,, 6-19-1930
Word was received the first of the week of the death of Mrs. Olaf Johnson of
Rockwell City, Iowa, which occurred last Sunday afternoon. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at Jolly Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Hans Polsen Hanson and L. L. Matthews left Monday evening to attend the funeral. Mrs. Johnson was formerly a resident of the Scotland neighborhood

Johnson, Mrs. Tillie
Mrs. Tillie Johnson died at 1 o'clock Wednesday night at her home on North State Street, after an illness of eighteen months, aged 67 years, 4 months and 1- days. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church at 3 o'clock Friday in charge of th--- pastor, Rev. Donald H. Gibbs. Interment will be in the Gibson cemetery.
Mrs. Johnson, was born in Denmark April 21, 1871, coming to America at the age of ten, and spending the remainder of her life in Gibson City. Her husband, C.C. Johnson, died in 1901. Mrs. Johnson is survived by four children; Mrs. Marie Whallon, Mrs. Laura Sawyer, and Mrs. Emma Jensen, of Gibson City, and Fred Johnson of Seattle. All of the children were with her at the end. She is also survived by several brothers and sisters, and several grandchildren.

JOHNSON, WILLIAM - Gibson Courier, 8-5-1923
William Johnson, a prominent resident of this neighborhood for many years, died last Friday afternoon (8-3-1923) at his home on South Sangamon Avenue. He had been in poor health for some time, and a few weeks ago underwent a surgical operation, which failed to arrest the progress of the disease with which he was afflicted. His age was 71 years, 6 months and 21 days. The funeral was held at the M.E. Church last Sunday afternoon, the services being in charge of Rev. F.E. Smith; burial was in the Gibson Cemetery. William Johnson was born in Denmark, 1-12-1852. He was the sixth and last of his father's family to go. When but a lad of seventeen he came to the US, and arrived in McLean County, Ill. 7-4-1869. He immediately went to work as a farm hand, and in 1873 he bought a small farm of his own. Later he came to Champaign County, where he bought land south of Gibson City, where he lived until 1913, when he moved to this city. On 3-22-1881, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Gowdy of Ellsworth. To this union four sons were born, namely, Dr. Roy W. Johnson of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Dr. Ralph E. Johnson of Argos, Ind.; and Halleck Floyd Johnson of Plymound, Ind., who, with their mother, survive; and James William Johnson, who died in September, 1920.

Johnstone, Miss Nellie
Miss Nellie Johnston, longtime resident of Gibson City, died at 2:00 o'clock this morning in a hospital in Bloomington, where she was taken a few days ago. Miss Johnston had been in feeble health the past year and had been making her home with her sister, Mrs. Grace Noble. Another sister, Mrs. Lee Eggleston, was with her.
10-1942 - date on newspaper

Jones, Eva B. Barrow
Mrs. Eva B. Jones, 84, life-long resident of Gibson City, died Tuesday 7-12-1977 at Gibson Community Hospital. Funeral services will be Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home with Rev. Karl Kessler officiating; burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Everett Friese, Arlan Friese, Jack Johnson, Darrell Chase, Jim Lindelof and John Jamison.
She was born 3-14-1893 in Gibson City, a daughter of William and Louella Livingston Barrow. She married Carl E. Jones, 2-10-1911 in Bloomington. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Freehill, Paxton, and Mrs.Charlotte Sarver, Gibson City; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, two grandchildren and two brothers. Mrs. Jones owned Jones Motor Sales since 1943 and was a member of the Gibson City Women's Club.

Jordan, Clarence
Of Gibson City, died about April 1965 at Paxton Community Hospital.
Age 77, buried Drummer Twp. Cemetery

Jordan, Henry E.
Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Means and son Stanley, formerly of this city, now conducting the Wood hotel at Quincy Ill., were called to Adrian Mich., Dec. 16 to attend the funeral of Mrs. Means brother Henry E. Jordan, who died at the Bixby hospital in Adrian, Dec. 12.
Mr. Jordan, the eldest son of Emma and Henry Jordan, was born near Adrian Sept. 28, 1873. Both parents preceded him in death. He was married to Carrie Roberts, May 20, 1906. Besides his sister, Mrs. Means, he is survived by his wife and one brother, Wallace of Monaca. PA. He was a member of Sand Creek Baptist Church, the Masonic lodge and Order of the Eastern Star of Fairfield, and of the Odd Fellows and Modern Woodman lodges of Adrian. For eight years he had acted as treasurer of the board of trustees of the Sand Creek high school. He was a kind and loving husband and was highly respected by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances and leaves a record of loyal and faithful service to the community in which he lived.
1-5-1939-date on newspaper

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