Vernon C. Johnson

October 13, 1932March 31, 2018

Vernon C. Johnson, 85, of East Peoria passed away at 1:32 am Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Rosewood Care Center of East Peoria. He was born October 13, 1932 in Marquand, MO the son of Arthur and Minnie Pogue Johnson. He married Carol C Colbert in Peoria on December 8, 1956. Vernon is survived by his wife of sixty-one years; one son Todd (Siri) Johnson of Mackinaw; three grandchildren, Jamie (Jason) Salas of Uxbridge, MA, Jeremy Noirot of Mackinaw, and Sara Johnson of Mackinaw; and three great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and four sisters. Vernon is a Navy Veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a machinist at Fleming-Potter until his retirement on April 1, 1995. Vernon is a Life-Time member of Hilton Masonic Lodge # 1143. Funeral services will be at 12pm Thursday, April 5, 2018 at First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 604 Groveland Ave in Creve Coeur, 61610. Visitation will be two hours prior to services, with Masonic Rites at 11:30 am. Pastor Dwight Winnett will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made to his church. To view Vernon’s memorial page or to leave an online condolence please go to


  • Arthur Johnson, Father
  • Minnie Pogue Johnson, Mother
  • Carol C. Colbert Johnson, Wife
  • Todd (Siri) Johnson, Son
  • Jamie (Jason) Salas, Grandchild
  • Jeremy Noirot, Grandchild
  • Sara Johnson, Grandchild
  • ~ Three ~, Great-Grandchildren
  • He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and four sisters

  • First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ


  • Visitation Thursday, April 5, 2018
  • Masonic Rites Thursday, April 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 5, 2018

Vernon C. Johnson

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Leslie Kanberg

April 4, 2018

Dear Aunt Carol,
I'm so sorry I cannot be there to give you a long, hard hug. Like you, Uncle Vernon means the world to me. Like you, he made me feel so welcome in your home and family and, like you, is one of the kindest, most loving people I know. I feel so lucky to have known him.
I remember being nervous to meet you both for the first time. About a minute later, I felt like I knew Uncle Vernon & you forever.
Some of my favorite memories are of sitting in the garage with Uncle Vernon and listening to him tell stories. I loved hearing about Uncle Vernon's time in the Navy, his on-shore escapades in particular.
But having the two of you to ourselves, was better still. Your visits with Tim and me in Brattleboro, Vermont, & again in San Francisco, where highlights of our time in both places. We had some fun together, didn't we?
Having the two of you attend my dad's 'fun'eral meant so much to me, too. And I'll NEVER forget Uncle Vernon's wordless bear hug. He was such a sweet, thoughtful man.
Quietly kind. That's how I remember Uncle Vernon now, as I think of you and send hugs & big love to you all.

Chi (Donnette) Samuels

April 4, 2018

Dear Carol and family,
This is Chi-Chi, Donna's daughter. Just in case you didn't recognize my given name.
I want to tell you my family always thought the world of Vern , too, of course, Carol!
You were always wonderful to all of us, especially my Grandma!
Remembering lots of laughs!!
I speak also for my Aunt Diane Carmen in Florida .. ... we feel lucky and honored to have known Vern.