CHENOA — Andrew Douglas Johnson, 40, of Salida, Colo., formerly of Chenoa, passed away Friday (Dec. 26, 2014) at his home in rural Salida.
A celebration of Andrew’s life will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Vineyard Church in Salida, Colo.
Andrew was born May 9, 1974, at Brokaw Hospital in Normal, son of Warren and Linda Wilson Johnson of Salida, Colo., formerly of Chenoa. He married Jill Duzan on Nov. 25, 2000, in Bloomington.
Andrew is survived by his wife; parents; five children, Grace, Drew, Samuel, Jacob and Alice; one brother, Daniel (Laura) Johnson, St. Louis, Mo.; grandmother, Marjorie Johnson, Chenoa; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Jason and Laura Duzan, Birmingham, Mich., and Adam and Kristina Waugh, Monroe, La.; parents-in-law, Paul and Betty Duzan, Colfax; and 11 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and paternal grandfather.
Andrew graduated from Chenoa High School in 1992 and Harding University in Searcy, Ark., in 1996. He graduated with an accounting degree and later became a certified public accountant. After "marrying the woman of his dreams," Andrew and Jill lived in Chicago until moving to Salida in January 2002.
Andrew was employed for more than 10 years as controller at Moltz Construction Co.
Andrew was an active member of the Church of Christ in Poncha Springs, Colo.
Andrew first met Jill when she was born, as their mothers were great friends and roommates in college. Over the years, the Johnsons and Duzans celebrated Fourth of July and New Year's Eve together for many years. After graduating from college and moving to Chicago, Andrew and Jill started dating, later engaged and then married.
Andrew, above all else, was a dedicated man of God. He endured 11 months of pancreatic cancer, never giving up until Our Heavenly Father called him home. His wife, Jill, was his rock and she will tell you, Andrew was her everything. Their faith, hope and strength carried them through good times and bad. He was a loving father to their five children. Andrew's hope was to be their daddy as long as he could. A fantastic trip to Hawaii was a dream come true for their entire family, returning nine days ago.
Donations can be made to the Johnson children's education fund at Collegiate Peaks Bank, 540 W. Rainbow Blvd., Salida, CO 81201.
Arrangements are with Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home, 203 E. Sackett Ave., Salida, CO 81201. Condolences can be made at lewisandglenn.com.