Donald L. Johnson

Donald L. Johnson, 87, of Shipman,  passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at 2 a.m., at Alton Memorial Hospital. He was born Oct. 16, 1925, in Shipman to Solomon J. and Rhoda F. “Fannie” Gray Johnson. He married Josephine L. Foiles March 8, 1947, in Piasa at Piasa Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson; three brothers; and three sisters.

Donald was a United States Army WWII veteran, a member of the American Legion of Shipman and the Moose Lodge of Jerseyville. He was a farmer and laborer for Shipman Local, which became Wood River Local #338. Donald enjoyed hunting and gardening.

Surviving are his wife, Josephine Johnson of Shipman; one son, Don Johnson, of Palmyra; three sisters Cathy (Gary) Watson of Edwardsville, Peggy Johnson, of Swansea and Shirley Boatman of New Lenox; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, John Johnson of Shipman; and several nieces and nephews.

His remains were cremated. No public services will be held.

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Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill, was in charge of arrangements.