Jimmy Allen Johnson
August 30, 1946 – January 29, 2019
Jimmy Allen Johnson, of The Villages, Florida, formerly of Rockford and Arlington Heights, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday January 29, 2019. Jimmy was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa to parents Harold & Helen Johnson on August 30, 1946. Jimmy proudly served in the United States Army for 4 years with much of that time on the ground in Vietnam. He provided for his family by running Brandy's Automotive in the Chicagoland area until he retired. He loved to be outdoors, fishing, and enjoying nature - and he loved to golf (which was why he retired to The Villages). He was a family man who loved to spend his time with his children and grandchildren. He loved to play cards - and his family have many happy memories of playing Dirty Hearts with him. He celebrated his faith by serving in his church - Open Bible Lutheran Church in Oxford, FL. He will be missed by his entire family and his many friends. Jimmy is preceded in death by his daughter, Jennifer Johnson, as well as his parents. Jimmy is survived by his wife of 51 happy years, Pamela; his daughters Wendi (husband Jim), Julie (husband Scott), Katie (husband Greg); as well as 11 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by one sister, Sandi Peterson, as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family. Jimmy's family will receive guests on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM at Lauterburg & Oehler Funeral Home, 2000 E. Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights, IL and then we will proceed to Memory Gardens Cemetery where he will receive Military Honors and be laid to rest near his daughter Jennifer. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Fisher House as they helped the family tremendously during this time of extreme hardship. https://www.fisherhouse.org/ways-to-give/
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.lauterburgoehler.com for the Johnson family.
- Visitation Saturday, February 9, 2019
- Committal Service Saturday, February 9, 2019
Jimmy Allen Johnson
February 5, 2019
Jim was my uncle, my boss and my adviser. As a child growing up I have fond memories of summer vacations when I would stay with my uncle Jim, Aunt Pam and cousins Wendi, Julie and Katie. We loved playing golf together, going to baseball games and of course the dinner Chili fights where we would throw food at each other! I can't stop laughing remembering those days.
As I grew older and started my career we would always keep in touch. I can't thank him enough to have the faith and belief in me as he offered me to join him at Brandy's Automotive as the new President. During my time at Brandy's he furnished me with his business wisdom which I apply to this day. I realized that Jim probably forgot more about business that I had ever known. He not only taught me about business in general but how to deal with a business's most important resource, it's employees. Jim was a person who received instant respect the moment he would walk into a room. Everyone wanted to please him because they knew he had their back as well. He was always firm but fair with everyone.
My uncle never allowed our business relationship to interfere with our family relationship. Holidays were always about family and the board room was for business.
I enjoyed so much my time with my uncle. The best times were playing golf and all our bets. As my son (Collin) grew up, he would join Jim and I playing golf as well. Those times of fun and laughter will never be forgotten. Jim was a fierce competitor, the best times were when my Aunt Pam would beat him at golf. Watching those two give fun verbal jabs at each other was the absolute best!
I will miss my uncle dearly, but I am so thankful for the fun times and unbelievable opportunity he provided to me at Brandy's.
January 31, 2019
I was a former neighbor of Jim and Pam in The Villages. We chatted occasionally and befriended each other on Facebook. What stands out about this man was his easy smile, the emphasis on family and his caring love for Pam and her love for him. That is a fine legacy. He will be missed.
My condolences to Pam. I know it will be so difficult for her. Prayers will be headed her way.