Donald H. Johnson, 69, of Macomb, died at 10:12 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at McDonough District Hospital, Macomb. Services were held Monday, July 16, at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home. The Rev. Ron?Green officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. A visitation was held Sunday, July 15. Memorial contributions may be made to the Macomb Rotary Club Park Project.
He was born on Sept. 25, 1942, in Rapides Parish, La., the son of Donald L. and Elizabeth (Hoit) Johnson. He married Ruth Schoeber on Dec. 15, 1990. He spent several years in Germany as a child, and resided in Geneseo during his later childhood and youth. He had worked as a journalist for the Quad City Times, the Canton Daily Ledger and the Macomb Journal. After 20 years at radio station WIUM, he retired from his position as the local host for the NPR morning news program. After retirement, he work part-time at the Tri-County Resource & Waste Management recycling center in Macomb, where he continued to make good friends. He attended Southern Illinois University and University of Illinois. He graduated from Western?Illinois University.
He was a member of the Morning Rotary?Club, having served as president and on various committees. He was a council member of the Prairie Hills Resource Conservation & Development, a member of the?Prairie Land Conservancy and the Groundwater Committee. For a time, he served as park board member and for several years he served on the Earth Day committee. A long-time member of the Lamoine Emergency Amateur Radio Club, he worked communications at many Heritage Days parades and had served on the Local Emergency Planning Committee. He put in many restoration hours at the Stony Hills Nature Preserve, and was excited to recently have been certified by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in prescribed prairie burn management. He was a regular volunteer with Flags of Love, the Western?Illinois Museum,?Balloon Fest, Wesley Village events, Maple Syrup Days and other Argyle Park events. He volunteered as timer and MC at Scholastic Bowl events. For many years, he lettered children’s names on DARE certificates, and he taught calligraphy to many local children.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth; one step son, Jay Sekora (his partner Mare Freed) of Boston,?Mass.; one stepdaughter, Bevin Sekora (her husband, Sean Dowdall) of Durham,?N.C.; grandchildren, Rider and Genesis Dowdall; two brothers, George (Patricia) Johnson and Jeff Johnson, both of Geneseo and a sister, Judith (Bert) Johnson Lattan of Lake Bluff.