Clarence A. Johnson, 84, of Cambridge, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, at his home. A memorial mass was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at St. Malachy Catholic Church, in Geneseo. Fr. Michael Pakula officiated. Inurnment followed at North Cemetery, in Geneseo, where military honors were accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. A visitation was one hour (9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) prior to mass at the church. Memorials may be made to Self-Help, in Sterling, or to the donor’s favorite charity. Cremation rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, who are assisting the family with arrangements.

Clarence A. Johnson, 84, of Cambridge, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, at his home. A memorial mass was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at St. Malachy Catholic Church, in Geneseo. Fr. Michael Pakula officiated. Inurnment followed at North Cemetery, in Geneseo, where military honors were accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. A visitation was one hour (9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) prior to mass at the church. Memorials may be made to Self-Help, in Sterling, or to the donor’s favorite charity. Cremation rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, who are assisting the family with arrangements.

Clarence was born Oct. 8, 1932, in Andover, the son of Harry and Anna (Peterson) Johnson. He was a 1951 graduate of Geneseo High School, where he played football. He was united in marriage to Elisabeth Weinspach on Sept. 3, 1955, in Geneseo. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and U.S. National Guard. After getting out of the Army, Clarence started a construction business with his brother, Harry. Later his sons joined him in the family business building homes, commercial buildings and apartments. After 50 years, Clarence retired in 2014.

Clarence belonged to the American Legion and the National Rifle Association. He loved to travel and visited Germany many times, as well as Italy, France, Russia, Austria, Belgium, and Holland. Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa; sons, Richard (Sherri) Johnson, of Tampico; Bryan Johnson, of Annawan; Gary Johnson, of Sterling; Robert (Beth) Johnson, of Rock Island; and Timothy Johnson, of Geneseo; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Randolph Johnson; siblings, Marian Jonejan, Naomi Riceman, Verla Shelton, Maxine Nitz and Harry Johnson.