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James "Jim" Ivan Johnson

Geneseo - James "Jim" Ivan Johnson, 86, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, February 11, 2022, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling, IL. A private memorial service will be held for the family on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel, 580 E Ogden Avenue, Geneseo, Illinois 61254. Memorials may be directed to Grace United Methodist Church, 318 N. Center Street, Geneseo, IL, 61254, and Geneseo – Atkinson Food Pantry, 620 W. Main Street, Geneseo, IL.

Jim was born February 12, 1935, the son of John and Laura (Jacobs) Johnson, in Geneseo, IL. He graduated from Geneseo High School, class of 1953. A standout in football, basketball, and track, Jim graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer in hoops and among the leaders in track. He went on to be a multi-sport star at Monmouth College. His athletic achievements resulted in him being inducted into the Geneseo High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. He received his bachelor's degree from Monmouth College, and went onto Bradley University to earn a master's degree.

On June 28, 1959, Jim married Pamelia "Pam" Fullerton in Avon, IL. He started his teaching career in Avon IL, and taught and coached there for 4 years before he returned to his home town. When returning to Geneseo, he was a teacher, coach, and guidance counselor at JD Darnall High School. He enjoyed many years of being the official score board operator for basketball and football games for the Maple Leafs. He also was the starter for Geneseo High School track meets and cross country meets. Because of his years of dedication, he was recognized by the IHSA for 55 years of service as a "Track Starter".

Jim served on the Private Industry Council for Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer Counties. He was also a board member of the West Central Region Career Education Service Center. Jim was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Geneseo Country Club. He enjoyed spending his time golfing, watching, and being involved in sports, whether as a fan or officiating. In their retirement, Jim and Pam enjoyed travelling to their bucket list destinations, along with travelling to Virginia and Wisconsin to spend time with children and grandchildren. His was very proud of his 2 "Hole in One" achievements at the Geneseo Country Club!

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Pamelia Johnson; children, Jama (Richard) Johnson Boes, Mercer, WI, and James "Todd" (Michele) Johnson, Centreville, VA; grandchildren, Alec Boes, Kelly Redoutey, Sarah Boes, James Johnson, and Rosie Johnson; great-grandchildren, Owen Redoutey, and Lucas Redoutey; and sister, Joann Skelton, Geneseo.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, John and Laura Johnson; siblings, Bernard Johnson, Donna Vinavich, Donald Johnson, and infant brother, Irving Johnson.

Posted online on February 15, 2022

Published in Geneseo Republic

James "Jim" Ivan Johnson

Geneseo - James "Jim" Ivan Johnson, 86, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, February 11, 2022, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling, IL. A private memorial service will be held for the family on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel, 580 E Ogden Avenue, Geneseo, Illinois 61254. Memorials may be directed to Grace United Methodist Church, 318 N. Center Street, Geneseo, IL, 61254, and Geneseo – Atkinson Food Pantry, 620 W. Main Street, Geneseo, IL.

Jim was born February 12, 1935, the son of John and Laura (Jacobs) Johnson, in Geneseo, IL. He graduated from Geneseo High School, class of 1953. A standout in football, basketball, and track, Jim graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer in hoops and among the leaders in track. He went on to be a multi-sport star at Monmouth College. His athletic achievements resulted in him being inducted into the Geneseo High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. He received his bachelor's degree from Monmouth College, and went onto Bradley University to earn a master's degree.

On June 28, 1959, Jim married Pamelia "Pam" Fullerton in Avon, IL. He started his teaching career in Avon IL, and taught and coached there for 4 years before he returned to his home town. When returning to Geneseo, he was a teacher, coach, and guidance counselor at JD Darnall High School. He enjoyed many years of being the official score board operator for basketball and football games for the Maple Leafs. He also was the starter for Geneseo High School track meets and cross country meets. Because of his years of dedication, he was recognized by the IHSA for 55 years of service as a "Track Starter".

Jim served on the Private Industry Council for Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer Counties. He was also a board member of the West Central Region Career Education Service Center. Jim was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Geneseo Country Club. He enjoyed spending his time golfing, watching, and being involved in sports, whether as a fan or officiating. In their retirement, Jim and Pam enjoyed travelling to their bucket list destinations, along with travelling to Virginia and Wisconsin to spend time with children and grandchildren. His was very proud of his 2 "Hole in One" achievements at the Geneseo Country Club!

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Pamelia Johnson; children, Jama (Richard) Johnson Boes, Mercer, WI, and James "Todd" (Michele) Johnson, Centreville, VA; grandchildren, Alec Boes, Kelly Redoutey, Sarah Boes, James Johnson, and Rosie Johnson; great-grandchildren, Owen Redoutey, and Lucas Redoutey; and sister, Joann Skelton, Geneseo.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, John and Laura Johnson; siblings, Bernard Johnson, Donna Vinavich, Donald Johnson, and infant brother, Irving Johnson.

Posted online on February 15, 2022

Published in Geneseo Republic