Marshall V. Johnson

February 22, 1920January 15, 2014

Marshall Vincent Johnson 93, of Bloomington, passed away on Wednesday, January 15th at Westminster Village, Bloomington, IL.

Cremation rites will be accorded with a Memorial Service on January 25th at 3 pm at Westminister Village.The Rev. Camilla Hempstead will officiate.

East Lawn Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made in Marshall’s name to Westminister Village, 2025 E. Lincoln Avenue, Bloomington, IL 61701.

Marshall was born on February 22, 1920, at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, IL, a son of Vincent Berquist Johnson and Norma Olson Johnson. He married Shirley Fae Shedore on December 7, 1946 in Evanston. Survivors, include 2 daughters, Mary Johnson Bible, Bloomington, IL and Gail (Steve) Johnson Vandevender, Bloomington IL; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann Bible, Bloomington, IL; Bryan Marshall Vandevender, Oshkosh, WI; and Emily Anne Vandevender, Chicago, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, loving in-laws, Thomas and Irma Shedore, and wife, Shirley.

Marshall attended Evanston Township High School and graduated in 1938. During World War II he served in the U.S. Marine Corps starting in August 1942, part of which he served in Saipan-Tinian, Marianas Islands, Gilbert Islands, Tarawa, Okinawa, and the Ryukyu Islands. As many of our soldiers, Marshall was awarded a purple heart and ended his enlistment in November 1945.

He attended night classes at Northwestern University in Evanston. Marshall then worked in Petroleum Product Sales for over 32 years and for a few years was the House Chair of the Chicago Oil Men’s Club. He took early retirement in 1982 and worked part-time at Golf Shops in Morton Grove and Deerfield, IL. He and his wife Shirley were members of Glenview Community Church since 1958 and long time members of the Suburbanites, a dinner and dancing social club. Marshall was an avid golfer and a member of the Pickwick Golf Club at Glenview Naval Air Station.

After 43 years in Glenview, IL, Marshall and Shirley moved to Westminster Village in Bloomington, IL, on the eve of their 50th wedding anniversary in 1996. Marshall will fondly be remembered for his gentlemanly demeanor and well-dressed appearance.

The family wishes to thank Michelle Burton, Resident Services Health Coordinator and Matt Riehle, Administrator, Martin Health Center at Westminister Village, for their friendship and continuing support and care of their father and grandfather.


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February 11, 2014

Dear Mary,

I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. No matter how old we are at the time of our parents passing, we are faced with sadness and hopefully wonderful memories. From knowing your positive attitude and energy, he must have been very proud of you.

Take care,



January 29, 2014

Your dad was such a good looking guy! I see a lot of him in YOU! I know you'll miss him tons, but you sure have some good memories.


January 29, 2014


Thank you for sending your Dad's obituary to me. Sounds like he was a great Dad!

I know he's in a much better place now. He just may be talking to my Dad about old war stories! My Dad was born on December 18th, 1920 so they basically were the same age.

January 29, 2014

Mary, Our Deepest Sympathy to you and your family.
Doctors and Staff, Midstate Podiatry

January 28, 2014

Mary and Beth...

He was such a wonderful person. A perfect gentleman, great conversationalist and a loving human being. He was a joy to know and a true blessing in my life and to all those who knew him.

Mary Leach (Bloomington, IL)


January 27, 2014

Dear Mary, I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. What a nice obituary you've prepared to honor him. It really gives insight into his life. I admired how attentive you were to your father and I could tell you always enjoyed just being with him very much. I'm sure knowing he had a good and long life helps some, but never enough to overcome the sorrow. With Sincere Sympathy.



January 26, 2014


Thinking of you - and thought you might need a smile - love, Holly


January 26, 2014


I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and saying lots of prayers.



Linda Tuttle

January 26, 2014

Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. I have always enjoyed hearing stories at work about your parents. When you talk about them I can tell the love you have for them. Things you say about your dad always make me smile. Please know I am thinking about you.


January 25, 2014

What a well-written obituary and tribute to your Dad. He had so many interesting aspects to his life. I was glad to know him