Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

8800 North Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL


John M. Johnson

John Melvin Johnson, beloved brother, uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully after a brief health battle on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. He was 65.

John was born to Mary and Melvin Johnson on November 29, 1954. He was fourth of the eventual seven siblings. John spent the majority of his life in various parts of Wisconsin, except for a few years living and working with his favorite nephews in Minnesota. John graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1972. He followed in his big brother Jerry's footsteps and attended UW Stout in Menomonie. He graduated in 1976 with a degree in Applied Mathematics. The boys faithfully attended homecoming every year along with their best friend Mikey.

John had many passions including golf, fishing, camping, football (go Bears!) and music. He loved to use his Boy Scout skills to build fires, and many memorable evenings were spent huddled around with friends and family, relaxing and drinking beer. John was a professional bachelor. He kept his home and life organized just the way he wanted it, while finding room for several feline furbabies over the years. John was an industrious worker throughout his career in the insurance, technology, and public utility sectors.

John handled personal losses of those who passed before him, and now we do the same. The many family, friends, and coworkers who miss him dearly are encouraged to share their memories. Inurnment will be private in the Chapel of Love at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Johnny, you're gone much too soon and we can't wait to meet again. With all our love, Jerry, Annie, Suzy, and Mikey.


  • Private Inurnment to Celebrate John's Life


John M. Johnson

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Barry Brockeay

February 15, 2020

You left us too early brother! You were an incredible role model as I was growing up and always enjoyed the visits with you and our remarkable big brother, Jerry. Your heart was always in the right place and your enthusiasm for enjoying the moment was infectious. You will always be loved and remembered. Continue teeing it up and hitting away. I’ll see you in the 19th hole!

Ann Johnson

February 13, 2020

Dear John,
I have known you as long as I have known Jerry. You were always there. You were a great friend to so many, and these ones miss you so much.We miss your humor and positivity, and your willingness to try new adventures.
How incredibly organized you are! I have to say that I did not realize the extent.
We are having a hard time comprehending that all of this has really happened.
Go in peace, and we will see you in the resurrection.
Love, Ann

Mike(y) Detrie

February 6, 2020

Hard to believe a guy with a smile like that could ever have a bad day.
Looking forward to meeting him on the first tee.