PRINCETON — Clifford E. Johnson, 92, of Princeton passed peacefully to his heavenly home on Monday, Dec. 17. 2012.
He was born March 7, 1920, near Ohio, Ill., the son of Edward and Minnie (Erickson) Johnson. He grew up on a farm near Ohio and also worked in his uncle’s grocery store in Ohio. Clifford was a veteran of World War II, serving in Europe with the Army’s 462nd Anti-Aircraft Battalion.
Clifford farmed in Dover and Bureau townships for 40 years, retiring when he was 70. He was of the United Methodist faith, and was an usher at the Ohio United Methodist church for many years. Upon the closure of that church, he joined the Hampshire Colony Church of Princeton.
Clifford was a member of the Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years. He was an active member of Order of the Eastern Star for many years. For more than 30 years, Cliff volunteered as a Gold Coat at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. He also served on Kasbeer Elevator’s Board of Directors.
He married Marjorie E. Matson on Feb. 12, 1950. She preceded him in death on Jan. 9, 1986.
He married Marjorie L. McDonald on March 17, 1990. During their more than 22 years of marriage they enjoyed a trip to Germany, an Alaskan cruise, a Pacific cruise to Puerto Vallarta, a family vacation to Walt Disney World, and bus trips to Lake Louise Canada, New York City and San Francisco.
Clifford is survived by his wife, Marge; a son, Keith (Lorena) Johnson of Aurora, Colo.; a daughter, Linda (Thomas) Meyer of Longmont, Colo.; two stepdaughters, Lindy (Kevin Curtin) McDonald of Peoria and Lisa (Scott) Etheridge of Bloomington; a brother, Marvin (Marilyn) Johnson; and his grandchildren, Natalie and Margaret Johnson, Vanessa (Jacob) Nuechterlein, Paul Meyer, Mackenzie (Michael) Morey, Bailey, Sullivan and Peyton Curtin, and Andy and Molly Etheridge. He is also survived by nieces, nephews and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marjorie; his parents; and a sister, Ruth Johnson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, 208 S. Euclid Ave., Princeton. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a Masonic service which will precede the funeral.
Pall Bearers will be Paul Meyer, Jacob Nuechterlein, Andy Etheridge, Sullivan Curtin, Michael Morey and Mark Bevill.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hampshire Colony Church of Princeton or the American Heart Association.