ROANOKE – Larry D. Johnson, 80, formerly of rural Benson, died at 2:30 a.m., Thursday, May 10, 2018, at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.
He was born March 22, 1938, in Peoria, the son of Eilert H. and Alma H. Mennen Johnson. He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Rudin, on Dec. 28, 1958, in Benson. She survives.
Other survivors include one son, Greg (Sky) Johnson, Santa Barbara, Calif.; one daughter, Jill (Patrick) Durley, Metamora; three grandchildren, Marisa (Kyle) Weyeneth, Metamora, Sam (Whitney) Durley, Goodfield, and Reed (fiancé Morgan Anderson) Durley, Abilene, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Eli Weyeneth and Lillian Weyeneth, both of Metamora, and one sister, Cynthia “Sam” Johnson, Peoria.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Don Johnson.
Larry served in the Army. He was a baptized and confirmed member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, rural Benson, where he served many years on the church council. Larry was also a member of Benson American Legion Post No. 454. He enjoyed being a lifelong farmer in the Benson area. Larry put his carpentry skills to use by building his own home and helping friends and family with countless projects. He was a fine athlete in his youth. In later years, he was active in slow pitch softball and league bowling. Larry enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren's sporting events and activities. He was a lifelong Chicago Cubs’ fan and his patience was finally rewarded by seeing them win the World Series. But most of all, Larry loved spending time with family and friends.
Services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the church with the Rev. David Abuya officiating. Visitation will take place Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home, Roanoke, and Tuesday morning from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the church, AC Home of Roanoke or to the Parkinson’s Foundation.