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Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home

2408 West Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL

OBITUARY

Charles "Chuck" E. Johnson

4 September, 19323 February, 2020
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Charles "Chuck" E Johnson, 87, of Peoria, IL passed away February 3, 2020 at OSF Medical Center. After hitchhiking his way from San Diego to Peoria, IL he married the love of his life Shirley K Johnson (Bill) on August 16, 1952. What began as a simple 25 cents dare from Shirley's spread turned into $3.00 and 70 wonderful years together. Born in Peoria, IL, on September 4, 1932, he was the son of Mildred and Clifford Johnson. He graduated from Woodruff High School in 1950 where he earned the nickname "Fleet-foot" for his accomplishments on the track. After high school he joined the United States Navy, and was stationed in San Diego, California. He served from 1952-1956 and after being honorably discharged he and Shirley returned to Peoria, IL to begin their family. As one of the founding members of Key Industries in 1960, Chuck was a vital part in making the company into what it became. He retired as the Vice President of Operations in 1994. Following retirement, Chuck and Shirley set off to explore the United States in their camper. Once grandkids arrived they joined them in their camping excursions. He is survived by his wife Shirley, his daughter Ellen and her husband Ron Hawotte Jr., his son Timothy Johnson; his 6 grandchildren: Chelsea, Sarah, Lindsea, Kayla, Kristen, and Tanner; one great-grandson, Christian, and one brother Don and his wife Roberta Johnson. He was predeceased by his parents, one sister, Marilyn Moore and one daughter, Melinda Bohls, who he was reunited with somewhere over the rainbow. Chuck enjoyed traveling, watching Westerns, reading, doing word searches, and spending time with his family. You could always count on Chuck to have a story about anything related to Peoria or US History. All he asked for in return was sweet treat or a tasty meal. He was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, where the visitation will be held Friday, February 7, 2020, at 9 am with funeral services immediately following at 11 am, and will be laid to rest at Lutheran Cemetery. Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made in Chuck's honor to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Veterans Helping Veterans, or Redeemer Lutheran Church. You may view Chuck’s obituary online at www.woolsey-wilton.com

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Timothy Johnson
  • Ron Hawotte Jr.
  • Eric Rogers
  • Tanner Johnson
  • Adam Bill
  • Gary Wischover
  • DONATIONS

  • to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Veterans Helping Veterans, or Redeemer Lutheran Church

Services

  • Visitation Friday, 7 February , 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, 7 February , 2020

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Ami Suzuki

7 February 2020

Shirley
Our deepest condolences to each of you.
We feel for your family.
I remember the times we had together, from the time we worked at Key Industries, to all the trade shows we had to work. Chuck and I had a really good relationship.
You are in our prayers

Diana Brooks-Rose

6 February 2020

My deepest condolences to the Johnson family. Chuck and Shirley were like second parents to me and my siblings growing up. I will always remember the family game nights and the laughter that was shared by our families! Love and prayers to you all!

Chuck johnson

6 February 2020

Condolences to Tim, Ellen, Shirley, and Don. Wish I could be there. Got some good sayings from Uncle Chuck, like "it's raining harder than a cow peeing on a flat rock". Still have note pads he gave me years ago that have "from the desk of Chuck Johnson" on them. Best wishes. Chuck Johnson

Mark Brooks

6 February 2020

My deepest condolences to the Johnson family. I grew up watching my parents and Chuck and Shirley have a strong friendship both inside and outside the church. When I was a young boy, I was an acolyte at our church. Chuck was always an usher at the early service. When I would get nervous, Chuck was always there with a warm smile and a funny joke. That would make me relax and calm down . He would then give me a thumbs up, and say “Good job buddy” Chuck was always there when we needed a helping hand. When he helped my parents move to Arizona, he really enjoyed helping out. Thank you Chuck for your friendship with our family. Rest In Peace

Ralph Brooks

5 February 2020

To the Johnson family,
Our deepest condolences to each of you.
It is with regards we feel for your family.
Fondly we remember the times we had together, the pinochle club, the game nights the trips to Kane County Flea Market, and family get togethers.
Chuck was always willing to lend a helping hand.
Heaven just received a terrific angel! May God’s love give you healing.

Mark Moline

5 February 2020

The Johnson family,
My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Chuck was always a friend to me, and I still have the 1966 St Cardinal’s ruler that was made at Key Industries that he gave me. I was 13 at the time, and appreciated his thoughtfulness to this young Cardinal fan. He will be missed.

Mark Moline

John and Kathy Dolman

5 February 2020

We had so many fun camping trips with all the Fondulac Camping club. So sorry for your loss. He is at peace.

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