David Elmer Johnson


BYRON — David Elmer Johnson, 85, of Byron, died Sunday, Jan. 15 at Javon Bea Hospital-Riverside in Rockford. He was born Dec. 1, 1937 in Rockford, the son of Tage Elmer and Jeannette Birdsall (Cumming) Johnson. He graduated from Byron High School in 1955. Dave married Carolyn Ann Jones on Sept. 5, 1959 at Middle Creek Presbyterian Church near Winnebago.  

Dave worked on the property grounds maintenance for the Byron Community School District #226. He was a member of Middle Creek Presbyterian Church near Winnebago and the Byron Lions Club. He enjoyed playing euchre daily with some of his closest friends and going on annual fishing trips to Canada. He most enjoyed attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. David’s quick wit will be missed by all. 

Dave is survived by his wife 63 years, Carolyn Johnson of Byron; sons, Jeff (Deb) Johnson of Byron, Tim (Lynn) Johnson of Hailey, Idaho; grandchildren, Bryan (Sarah) Johnson, Brett (Angie) Johnson, Brock (Amanda) Johnson, Bryce Johnson; great-grandchildren, Ella Johnson, Ava Johnson, Cole Johnson, Perry Johnson, Willa Johnson, Gentry Johnson, Kellen Johnson, Spencer Johnson; brother, Alfred “Bud” (Cheryl) Johnson of Prescott, Arizona; several nephews and nieces.

Funeral service at noon with a visitation starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21 at Middle Creek Presbyterian Church, 12473 Montague Road, Winnebago with Pastor Philip A. Thompson officiating. 

Interment at Middle Creek Cemetery near Winnebago. In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established for Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. 

Arrangements by Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago. For an online obituary and tributes go to www.genandtfuneralhome.com.

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