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1 of 7 | Posted by: Soren Ryberg and Mac McCann

“Willard was always a good friend. Joan and I enjoyed sharing many good times together. Now they can enjoy each other without me - for a while. He...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: David Knudsen - Bland, MO

“I can honestly say that Will was the nicest man I have ever met...always had a smile and a kind word. I will miss him very much. My prayers are...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Carol Nicholson - Rock Island, IL

“Will has been a great friend to my parents over the years. I wanted the family to know how much I appreciated his friendship with my father (Ken)...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Laurie (Harrison) Winthurst - IL

“I considered Willard as a best friend in high school. He will be missed. Sad to hear. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Dick Fullerton - Palo Alto, CA

“Some of my fondest childhood memories were spent on Willard & Karen's farm. I remember him as a hard-working, loving man who always had time to be...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Lari Dawn (Sholl) LaBello - IL

“You will always be in our hearts and thoughts. You can now be with your wife that you missed so much. We will miss you! ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Joe, Susan and Josie kula - IA

Willard "Will" Johnson
Willard Grant Johnson, 79, Geneseo, Ill. died Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Trinity, Rock Island.

Friends and family are invited to the visitation and funeral service, both being held at Osco Community Church in Osco. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Glennwood Cemetery, Colona Township, followed by a luncheon at the church. Kirk, Huggins and Esterdahl Funeral Home, Ltd., Orion, is assisting the family. Memorials may be given to Osco Community Church or Wounded Warrior Project.

Willard was born Nov. 1, 1932, to Albert T. and Bertha McMeekin Johnson. He graduated from Orion High School and served 2 years in the U.S. Army, stationed in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri and Korea. Willard married Karen Benson on Dec. 5, 1959. The Johnsons farmed near Orion for many years until they moved to Geneseo.

Survivors include his sons: Steven (Darren Cathcart), Kaneohe, Hawaii; Scott, Chiangmai, Thailand; and Douglas (Jennifer), Glenwood Springs, Colo.; three grandchildren; two step grandchildren; one step great-grandchild; a brother, Keith (Lois), Coal Valley; and seven nieces and nephews. His parents, a brother Leo, and his wife, Karen, preceded him in death.

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