Louis "Lou" Earl Johnson

July 10, 1926April 21, 2019

Lou Johnson, 92, of Dunlap, passed away, Sunday, April 21, 2019, surrounded by his family, at his home in Dunlap.

He was born July 10, 1926 in Lockport, IL to Richard and Ermel (Haines) Johnson. He married Irene Baumann May 14, 1963 in Aurora, IL. She preceded him in death April 17, 2006 in Peoria. His parents, and one brother Richard also preceded him in death.

Surviving are his three daughters, Susie (Jayson) Algas Dunlap, Julianne (Frank) Ierulli and Leah (Mike) Dafforn both of Peoria. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Aaron, Alexa, Nicholas, Victoria, Jack, Tommy and Mattie; one great-grandson Jude and one sister, Dorothy Pauson of Joliet, IL.

Lou served in the U.S. Army and received his bachelors degree from St. Ambrose University. He was a member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church and worked in the accounting Department at Caterpillar Inc. for over 30 years before retiring. Lou was a member of the Knights of Columbus Spalding Council 427 and the Sandtrappers Golf Group.

Lou was an avid golfer and bowler, who enjoyed spending time with his family and being involved in his grandchildren's activities.

A funeral service will be at 11:30 am on Friday, April 26, 2019 at St. Jude Catholic Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow the service at Resurrection Cemetery in Peoria.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Greater Peoria Honor Flight Program at Words of comfort can be shared with the family at


  • Richard Johnson, Father
  • Ermel Haines Johnson, Mother
  • Irene Baumann Johnson, Wife
  • Susie and Jayson Algas Dunlap, Daughter
  • Julianne and Frank Ierulli, Daughter
  • Leah and Mike Dafforn, Daughter
  • Aaron, Alexa, Nicholas, Victoria, Jack, Tommy and Mattie, Grandchildren
  • Jude ~, Great Grandson
  • Dorothy Pauson, Sister
  • His wife, Irene, his parents and one brother, Richard, preceded him in death



  • Memorial Visitation Friday, April 26, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 26, 2019


  • Burial


Louis "Lou" Earl Johnson

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Sunah Flores

April 26, 2019

There are so many wonderful things about Lou because he was a wonderful man. One thing though, I will forever remember how cool Lou was.

Lou was involved with his family. I first met him at Jack’s soccer game. He hosted parties, and enjoyed life the best that I could see. He loved his family, and I’m extremely grateful for him and the whole family taking my family in,
He ministered to me when my husband passed away; he gave me a PT job cooking for him. I enjoyed our times in the kitchen where he’d sit at the counter while I cooked his dinner.
He played music, and we’d talk. He’d tell me his memories of his wife, and he’d give me words of encouragement. If I could have, I would have loved to have done more visits with him. He was so cool.
Thank you Lou. You are leaving quite a void in this world. I wish for you all the rewards in Heaven.