Virgil H. Johnson, 85, of Geneseo passed away Wednesday July 24, 2013 at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Long Term Care, Geneseo. Funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, July 29, 2013 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Edford Township. Rev. Chris Bushre will officiate. Burial will follow St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post # 5083. Visitation for Virgil will be from 1 – 3 pm on Sunday at Vandemore Funeral Homes Ltd., Geneseo. Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church and Aisle of Flags, Geneseo.
Virgil was born August 12, 1927 in rural Geneseo to Harold and Lydia (Hornecker) Johnson. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1945. He proudly served in the US Army Infantry during the Korean Conflict from November 1950 to Aug 1952. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal with 2 bronze service stars, Combat Infantry Badge, as well as the United Nations Medal. He was united in marriage to Darlene Hammond on May 18, 1968. She preceded him in death in 1990. Virgil married Patricia A. Cochran Miller September 25, 2004 at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Virgil was a lifetime farmer in Osco Township until his retirement.
Virgil was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Edford Township where he had been Treasurer, Elder, and Chairman. He belonged to many organizations including: Veterans of Foreign Wars, life member of Don Cherry Post # 5083 Geneseo, life member of Foreign War Veterans Association, National Association County Veterans Service Office, as well as a life member of Disabled American Veterans. He has proudly held many position within the community including: Superintendent for Henry County Veterans Assistance from 1994 until 2013, State President for IL Association of County Veterans Assistance 1990- 2000, member of the Committee to build 20th Century Veterans Monument on Henry County Courthouse lawn, President of Committee to build WW I & Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Geneseo city park, Director on the Committee to build Korean War Memorial in Springfield, IL, Post Commander Don Cherry VFW Post #5083, VFW 8th District Post Commander, Henry County Farm Bureau Township Director. He was also a member of the Aisle of Flags Board.
He is survived by his wife Patricia; sister: Gladys (Arthur) Hinz, Davenport, IA; niece: Barbara Strode, CA; nephew: David Hintz, TN; 3 step daughters: Melany Norris, TX, Monica (Mike) VanPaepeghem, ID, LaVon (Grady) Underwood, Cambridge, IL; 7 step grandchildren; and 11 step great grandchildren.
He was preceded by his parents and first wife Darlene.