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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Obituary: Virgil Johnson

  • Virgil H. Johnson, 85, of Geneseo, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care, Geneseo. Funeral services celebrating his life was held Monday, July 29, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Edford Township. The Rev. Chris Bushre officiate. Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery, ...
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  • Virgil H. Johnson, 85, of Geneseo, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care, Geneseo. Funeral services celebrating his life was held Monday, July 29, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Edford Township. The Rev. Chris Bushre officiate. Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery, where military honors were accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. A visitation was held Sunday, July 28 at Vandemore Funeral Homes Ltd., Geneseo. Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church and Aisle of Flags, Geneseo.
    He was born on Aug. 12, 1927, in rural Geneseo, the son of Harold and Lydia (Hornecker) Johnson. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1945. He proudly served in the U.S. Army Infantry during the Korean Conflict from November 1950 to August 1952. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal with two bronze service stars, Combat Infantry Badge, as well as the United Nations Medal. He married Darlene Hammond on May 18, 1968. She died in 1990. He married Patricia A. Cochran Miller on Sept. 25, 2004, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Virgil wa a lifetime farmer in Osco Township until his retirement.
    Virgil was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Edford Township where he had been treasurer, elder and chairman. He belonged to many organizations including: Veterans of Foreign Wars; life member of Don Cherry Post No. 5083, Geneseo; life member of Foreign War Veterans Association; National Association County Veterans Service Office; as well as a life member of Disabled American Veterans. He has proudly held many positions within the community including: superintendent for Henry County Veterans Assistance from 1994 to 2013; state president for Illinois Association of County Veterans Assistance from 1990 to 2000; member of the committee to build 20th Century Veterans Monument on the Henry County Courthouse lawn; president of committee to build World War I and Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the Geneseo City Park; director on the committee to build a Korean War Memorial in Springfield; post commander Don Cheery VFW No. 5083; VFW 8th District Post Commander; Henry County Farm Bureau Township Director He also was a member of the Aisle of Flags Board.
    Survivors include his wife, Patricia; sister, Gladys (Arthur) Hintz of Davenport, Iowa; niece, Barbara Strode of California; nephew, David Hintz of Tennessee; three step daughters, Melany Norris of Texas, Monica (Mike) VanPaepeghem of Idaho and LaVon (Grady) Underwood of Cambridge; seven step grandchildren and 11 step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Darlene.
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