James E. Johnson, 82, of Cambridge, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at Illini Restorative Care, in Silvis. A private memorial service will be held for the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Cambridge Fire Department and the Cambridge Ambulance. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

James E. Johnson, 82, of Cambridge, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at Illini Restorative Care, in Silvis. A private memorial service will be held for the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Cambridge Fire Department and the Cambridge Ambulance. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

James was born March 3, 1935, in Woodhull, the son of Chester and Birdie (Taylor) Johnson. He graduated from AlWood High School with the Class of 1952. James is a United States Army veteran who served his country from 1954-1956. James was stationed in Germany for some time. He married Marie A. Hier on March 26, 1955, at Camp Chaffee, Ark. James worked for I.H. Farmall Works, in Rock Island, for more than 30 years, where he started in the assembly line, and then later became a supervisor for the remainder of his career. After his retirement, he worked part-time for the former Empire Equipment Co., as well as in Geneseo, where he helped several area farmers, including Clarence Carlson and Bernard Franque. James was an avid collector of I.H. precision scale farm toys. James was a very talented small engine repairmen. He loved to travel and go fishing. Among his hobbies, James also enjoyed photography.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Marie; and his daughters, Deb Else, of Cambridge; Lori Gustafson, of Cambridge; and Coni (Kevin) Gehler, of River Falls, Wis. He also is survived by his six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Birdie; two brothers; a sister; and one grandson, Adam Else.